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Message of the Day: We Are Laborers Together With God

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-15

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:9

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” (NKJV)

The philosophic arrogance and pretentiousness of some people in the church was a sign of their spiritual infancy. It produced factions, tended to destroy the church (v. 17), and resulted in nothing of permanent value (vv. 12–15). The church is God’s creation and workmanship. It is eternal in nature and too big to become the exclusive province of one group of partisans (vv. 21–23). Why not be big and wise enough to see this?

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When Paul was in Corinth, he could not speak to the believers as spiritual people because they were then little different from ordinary, natural people of the world. They were babes in Christ and Paul treated them so. He did not find fault with them then, because one expects new converts to be like that; but he does find fault with them now, because they are still like that.

They are like people ‘of the flesh’, people whose lives are characterized by the old sinful nature. Their behavior is not according to the wisdom of God, but according to the wisdom of the world. Their quarrels and divisions are proof of this. Some of the Corinthians were exalting Paul, others exalting Apollos. But Paul and Apollos are not in opposition; they are working together. The work of God in Corinth is likened to a field in which Paul did the planting, and Apollos the watering. Though the two have different functions, both are necessary, but neither of them can do that. Those who plant will not see as much fruit as those who water or those who reap. For the reason the reward does not depend on the fruit people see but on the work they faithfully carry out.

We are urged to reject any form of division, and recognize that we are working together with one God, and for the same results, may it in church, family, business or corporate world. All of us are “laborers together with God!” He alone prospers our work!

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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