Thursday, March 31st, 2017
As we moved deeper into our study of chapter three in 1 Corinthians, we noticed how Paul further emphasized that any of his teachings or those of other men in Christ are simply to plant seeds and to share truth of our Lord and Savior – it is God, however, who ultimately gives growth.
We likened this to a vineyard, where each individual is a grape, each vine is a church, and the entire vineyard is Christ’s body, where all growth is enabled through God. Paul then transitioned from the plant analogy to one of a building, where he stated that the materials with which each church is built will ultimately be tested, emphasizing that anything built upon a foundation aside from Jesus Christ will eventually burn down.
We noted, however, that Paul was not referring to physical church buildings, but rather the people that comprise them. We recognized that regions where Christians are oppressed often leave individuals meeting and praying in private within their own homes; China and the Middle East were mentioned as two prime examples.
Our discussion further recognized the limited impact of human leaders and how they can never offer what God offers, highlighting the tension amidst the last presidential election in comparison to the peace continually offered to us through our faith in Jesus Christ.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. – 1 Cor.3:6-7
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. – 1 Corinthians 3:11-13
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23