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BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST
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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 3


BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST

          Itís a pleasure to have you back again to join in for another great study session here at Daily Bread. Weíve been learning about spiritual matters in this part of Paulís first letter to the Corinthians, and he was explaining how the wisdom of God is spiritually perceived, not mortally.

          Are there times when you feel more spiritual than other times? Are there times when you feel more ďin tuneĒ with the Holy Spirit than at other times? Watch how Paul explains that if youíre in a carnal state of mind, you canít grasp what the Holy Spirit may be revealing to you.

WHY IS BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST ESSENTIAL AND HOW DOES BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST AFFECT YOU?


And I, brethren, could not speak to you as unto spiritual men,
but as unto carnal, like to babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat,
because before now, you were not able to bear (understand) it,
neither yet now are you able.
For you are still carnal, since there is still envying, and strife,
and divisions among you, are you not carnal, and walk as men (mortals)?
While one of you says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos;
are you not carnal?


          (Remember in the first chapter, Paul mentioned that the people in Corinth were bragging about who they were baptized by, as though one was different or better than another, when all are baptized into Christ.)


Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos?
Arenít we ministers by whom you came to believe in Jesus,
just as the Lord gave opportunity to every man?
I have planted, and Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase
(enabled your Faith to grow).

BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST WARNING OF BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST CONCERNS AND BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST DANGERS

          This is a good time to be reminded of what happened to Herod. In Acts 12:21-23 you can read about how the angel of the Lord killed him because he took credit for helping other countries during a famine instead of giving the glory to God. And when Moses struck the rock in Meribah to bring forth water, without honoring God in the eyes of the children of Israel, the Lord wouldnít permit him to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 20:8-12
). Never take Godís credit for yourself. This is what Paul is expressing here.

So then, the person who plants is nothing special,
neither is the person who waters;
but God that gives the increase.
(In other words, without God, planting and watering are useless.)
Now he that plants and he that waters are one:
and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
For we are laborers together with God:
You are God's husbandry (gardener),
you are God's building.
 

Okay now, itís time to put on your architect hat, and picture what Paul is describing here:

BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST TRUTH OF BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST BLESSINGS AND BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST CURSES


According to the Grace of God which is given to me,
as a wise master builder,
I have laid the foundation,
and another builds upon it.
But let every man be careful how he builds thereupon.
Because no man can lay another foundation than what is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or
stubble, every man's work will be made known,
for the day (end result) shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall test every man's work, of what sort it is.
If any man's work remains,
which he has built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
If any man's work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.


          Weíre going to combine the planting and watering concept with the building concept that Paul is talking about. Did you picture what he was talking about? Someone introduced you to Jesus at sometime in your life. That was the person who ďplantedĒ the seeds of your Faith, or laid the foundation of your building. Jesus is the seed or the foundation. Heís the cornerstone that youíve heard of so many times before. When you think of a foundation, you think of it as unmovable, solid, strong. Sooooo, Jesus is our foundation.

          Now, other contractors (Godís prophets, saints, ministers, servants, etc.) will build upon the foundation. They will enlighten you about spiritual things, theyíll help you to understand things that might be confusing to you, they put up the walls, the cabinets, the fixtures, and everything else that depends on your strong foundation. They do the watering. Now, if they donít use righteous materials, or in other words, if they use anything but TRUTH, on the day when your building is tested with fire, itíll be clear what kind of work each contractor provided and TRUTH will remain, but anything else will be burned and the contractor will not profit, but the building will be saved, even though it went through fire.

Donít you know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God lives in you
?

If any man defile the temple of God,
God shall destroy him,
for the temple of God is holy,
and you are that temple.
Let no man deceive himself.
If any man among you seems to be wise in this world,
let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

For it is written,

Job 5:13
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

And it is also written,

Psalms 94:11
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

          What does this remind you of? Does it kind of remind you of the parable that Jesus told about the difficulty of a rich man entering heaven? 

Matthew 19:21-26
Jesus said unto him,
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Therefore let no man glory in men.
(Donít give your praise to people.)
For all things are yours;
whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas (Peter),
or the world, or life, or death,
or things present, or things to come;
all are yours; and you are Christ's;
and Christ is God's.

BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST CORRECTLY BRINGS FORTH BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN CHRIST HOPE


          Servants of God are but tools that He uses to help seek and recover His lost children. Like the Carpenter that builds a house ... If you see His wonderful works, you donít praise the hammer for doing such a great job, you praise the Carpenter. He who does the increase. Give credit where credit is due.

          Canít wait until next time when we continue on with Paulís first letter to the Corinthians, so donít miss it, right here at Daily Bread.

 

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