1 Corinthians 3 – Have You Forgotten Who You Are?

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Paul begins by addressing the Corinthians as infants in their faith, unable to handle deeper spiritual teachings. He compares their spiritual immaturity to being fed with milk instead of solid food. He expresses his desire for them to grow in their faith and move beyond the elementary teachings.

Paul highlights the issue of division and quarreling among the Corinthians. He addresses the factions that have formed within the church, with some aligning themselves with Paul and others with Apollos. He emphasizes that such divisions are evidence of their spiritual immaturity and a hindrance to the growth of the church.

Paul explains that he and Apollos are merely servants of God, each having a specific role in building up the church. They are not to be idolized or seen as the source of their faith. God is the ultimate foundation, and all believers are fellow workers in God’s field.

Using the imagery of construction, Paul compares the Corinthians to a building that is being constructed. He explains that the foundation of the church is Jesus Christ, and believers are to build upon that foundation. The quality of their work will be tested on the day of judgment, and they will receive rewards or suffer loss accordingly.

Paul warns against boasting in human wisdom and encourages the Corinthians to have a proper perspective. They are to live in unity and recognize that they are part of God’s temple, where the Spirit of God dwells.

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