No Other Foundation...
We had an insightful lesson in Bible Study last night. We studied 1 Corinthians Chapter Three which addressed the immaturity of believers as summed up in the statement, "For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?” (v. 4)
The Apostle Paul showed how rather than having “favorite” leaders/preachers, we should see the necessity of unity in ministry work and collective purpose.
1 Cor, 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one...
Paul emphasized that we have only one foundation--Jesus Christ. No one can lay another foundation in the church that would be authentic. 1 Cor. 3;11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Having favorites and operating contrary to these principles leads to the “defiling” of God’s “temple," which is the church collective. (vv. 16-17)
In the last verse of the chapter, Paul provides the best and correct perspective: 1 Cor. 3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Listen to the lesson and be blessed!