1 And *I*, brethren, have not been able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly; as to babes in Christ.
2 I have given you milk to drink, not meat, for ye have not yet been able, nor indeed are ye yet able;
3 for ye are yet carnal. For whereas [there are] among you emulation and strife, are ye not carnal, and walk according to man?

References for 1 Corinthians 3:3

    • a 3:3 - Sarkinos: as Rom. 7.14; Heb. 7.16; 2Cor. 3.3. This word is said to mean properly the material -- the composition of a thing. 'Carnal,' twice in verse 3, is sarkinos, a form used, in some places, to express either material or physical or moral ideas. It occurs also in Rom. 15.27; 1Cor. 9.11; 2Cor. 1.12; 10.4; 1Pet. 2.11. This last passage, 'fleshly lusts,' shows how the material and moral thoughts run into one another.
      4 For when one says, *I* am of Paul, and another, *I* of Apollos, are ye not men?
      5 Who then is Apollos, and who Paul? Ministering servants, through whom ye have believed, and as the Lord has given to each.

      References for 1 Corinthians 3:5

        • b 3:5 - Diakonos: see Note, ch. 4.1; Rom. 16.1.
          6 *I* have planted; Apollos watered; but God has given the increase.
          7 So that neither the planter is anything, nor the waterer; but God the giver of the increase.
          8 But the planter and the waterer are one; but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
          9 For we are God's fellow-workmen; ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

          References for 1 Corinthians 3:9

            • c 3:9 - 'Workers, or labourers together with God,' goes too far. The Greek word has the sense of journeyman, but they are fellows doing the chief's work: see 2Cor. 6.1.
              10 According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise architect, I have laid the foundation, but another builds upon it. But let each see how he builds upon it.
              11 For other foundation can no man lay besides that which [is] laid, which is Jesus Christ.
              12 Now if any one build upon [this] foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw,
              13 the work of each shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare [it], because it is revealed in fire; and the fire shall try the work of each what it is.

              References for 1 Corinthians 3:13

                • d 3:13 - That is, the day: see 2Thess. 2.8.
                  14 If the work of any one which he has built upon [the foundation] shall abide, he shall receive a reward.
                  15 If the work of any one shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss, but *he* shall be saved, but so as through [the] fire.

                  References for 1 Corinthians 3:15

                    • e 3:15 - The addition of the article gives the right sense: 'saved by fire' may mean that the fire was a means of safety, whereas 'through the fire' is in spite of it, or going through the danger and difficulty of it. Dia has two distinct uses as 'through' in English: see 1Pet. 3.20 for the other sense.
                      16 Do ye not know that ye are [the] temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you?
                      17 If any one corrupt the temple of God, *him* shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are *ye*.

                      References for 1 Corinthians 3:17

                        • f 3:17 - Naos: the house itself -- the shrine.
                        • g 3:17 - The word for 'destroy' and 'corrupt' is the same in Greek; the force of this is lost in English: see Note d, Eph. 4.22.
                          18 Let no one deceive himself: if any one thinks himself to be wise among you in this world, let him become foolish, that he may be wise.

                          References for 1 Corinthians 3:18

                            • h 3:18 - A strong word. See Note at 1Tim. 2.14.
                            • i 3:18 - Or 'has the appearance of being.'
                              19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, He who takes the wise in their craftiness.

                              References for 1 Corinthians 3:19

                                • j 3:19 - See Job 5.13.
                                  20 And again, [The] Lord knows the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.

                                  References for 1 Corinthians 3:20

                                    • k 3:20 - See Ps. 94.11.
                                      21 So that 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 coming, all are yours;
                                      23 and *ye* [are] Christ's, and Christ [is] God's.