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1 Corinthians 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But for right now, friends, I'm completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You're acting like infants in relation to Christ, 1 Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ.
2 capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I'll nurse you since you don't seem capable of anything more. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
3 As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything's going your way? 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
4 When one of you says, "I'm on Paul's side," and another says, "I'm for Apollos," aren't you being totally infantile? 4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
5 Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us - servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
7 It's not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
8 Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
9 What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God's field in which we are working. 9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
10 Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
11 Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Take particular care in picking out your building materials. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
13 Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you'll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won't get by with a thing. 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.
14 If your work passes inspection, fine; 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
15 if it doesn't, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won't be torn out; you'll survive - but just barely. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
16 You realize, don't you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? 16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
17 No one will get by with vandalizing God's temple, you can be sure of that. God's temple is sacred - and you, remember, are the temple. 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
18 Don't fool yourself. Don't think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
19 Be God's fool - that's the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It's written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";
20 The Master sees through the smoke screens of the know-it-alls. 20 and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."
21 I don't want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift - 21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours,
22 Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future - all of it is yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours,
23 and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God. 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.