They must not contend about their teachers, who are but God's
ministers, and accountable to him. Their works shall be tried by fire.
1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as unto
carnal. As to little ones in Christ,
2 I gave you milk to drink, not meat: for you were not able as yet: but
neither indeed are you now able: for you are yet carnal.
3 For, whereas, there is among you envying and contention; are you not
carnal, and walk according to man?
4 For while one saith, I indeed am of Paul: and another, I am of Apollo:
are you not men? What then is Apollo, and what is Paul?
5 The ministers of him whom you have believed: and to every one as the
Lord hath given.
6 I have planted, Apollo watered: but God gave the increase.
7 Therefore neither he that planteth is any thing, nor he that watereth:
but God who giveth the increase.
8 Now he who planteth, and he who watereth, are one. *And every man shall
receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are God's coadjutors: you are God's husbandry; you are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God, that is given to me, as a wise architect,
I have laid the foundation: and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For no one can lay another foundation, but that which is laid: which
is Christ Jesus.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, stubble:
13 Every man's work shall be manifest: for the day of the Lord shall declare
it, because it shall be revealed in fire: and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon: he shall receive
15 If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved, yet so as by fire.
16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of
God dwelleth in you?
17 But if any man violate the temple of God: him shall God destroy. *For
the temple of God is holy, which you are.
18 Let no man deceive himself: if any man among you seem to be wise in
this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written:
*I will catch the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again: *The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are
21 Let no man, therefore, glory in men.
22 For all things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas,
or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come: for all are yours:
23 And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
8: Psalm lxi. 13.; Matthew xvi. 27.; Romans ii. 6.; Galatians vi. 5.
17: 1 Corinthians vi. 19.; 2 Corinthians vi. 16.
19: Job v. 13.
20: Psalm xciii. 11.