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1 Corinthians 3:7

7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

Read 1 Corinthians 3:7 Using Other Translations

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

What does 1 Corinthians 3:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 3:7

So then, neither is he that planteth anything
Not that he is the happy instrument of beginning the good work:

neither he that watereth;
who is the means of carrying of it on: not that they are simply and absolutely nothing, without any restriction and limitation; they are men, they are Christians, they are ministers, and useful ones, by whom others believe; they are labourers together with God, ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God, and so to be accounted of; but they are nothing in themselves, nor in their own account, or with respect to God: they are nothing of themselves as ministers; they have nothing but what they have received; all their gifts are from God, nor can they exercise them aright without the grace of God, not being able to think a good thought as of themselves; nor are they anything in making their planting and watering effectual; and so no glory belongs to them; nothing is to be ascribed to them, they have no part or lot in these things:

but God that giveth the increase;
he gives them their abilities, assists them in the exercise of their gifts, makes their ministrations useful, and he has, as he ought to have, all the glory.

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