By Robert L. Maddox
Parlor Discussion by Mike Durst 9:00 AM
1 Corinthians 3:10-23
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13the 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. 14If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If the work is burned, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?* 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’,
‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’
21So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, 23and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Paul says, in Christ, “all things are yours.” That’s quite a declaration. Food, water, clothing, shelter, security, a dependable Iphone? All things? Well, not everything. Paul is saying, I believe, that God in Christ has provided all we need to live really productive spiritual, emotional, relational, serving lives. That’s a big promise of itself but I can go there. Let’s see what we can see from this passage by way of appropriating the stuff we need for much of everyday existence. Food, water, shelter, a good Iphone will take some more talk.
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