I hope you’ve been well. Classes started for me this week and I’m taking mainly English classes and a Biology class. I enjoy Biology, but it’s harder for me to wrap my head around than English. I’ve kind of accepted that fact even though I want to try to do something involving science, but we’ll see.
1 Corinthians 3
In this chapter, there aren’t any sections so we’ll just dive right in.
Basically, Paul writes about how much flaw humans carry so that we need to fully rely on God. We’re so full of sin and we’re jealous of each other, constantly comparing ourselves to others. Paul writes, “Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?“ He continues by talking about how we shouldn’t really give credit to those God’s servants because God was the one who did the work in us. I really liked verses 6 and 7. ” I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
We belong to God. Again, that is a statement that invokes fear and comfort because we’re safe in God’s arms, but that also means that we should be cautious about what we’re doing so that we don’t end up following the world. With God’s grace, we’re becoming stronger and sturdier people. Yet, Paul warns us that we have to be careful on what we start to base our beliefs on. Jesus should always be first in our lives; He should always be the One whom we base our beliefs on. When judgement day comes, that’s when we’ll find out our strong our foundation is. That’s when we’ll truly know either how powerful God is or how much we’ve wronged Him.
In the next paragraph, Paul writes about how we have the Spirit in us. We are the temple of God. Then, he goes on to say how being wise with the world isn’t being wise at all. You need to go through hardship in order to gain wisdom and understand. We cannot rely on our own power to do things because it will just end terribly. Paul ends the chapter with a verse that instills more comfort than fear.
“Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”
1 Corinthians 22b-23 (NLT)
We belong to Christ, but we must be wise about our actions and thoughts as well as how display ourselves publicly.
I feel like after studying the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians, there’s an overall message of fearing God. What do you think?
Have a great week,