1 As for me, brothers, I could not talk to you as spiritual men, but as to creatures of flesh, mere babes in Christ. 2 I fed you milk, not meat; for you were unable to bear it. 3 You are not able even now, for you are still unspiritual. While there is among you jealousy and strife, are you not still unspiritual, and behaving like worldlings? 4 When one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere worldlings?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Just ministers through whom you have believed, and each doing the work that the Lord gave him. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God made the seed grow. 7 So neither is he who planted anything, nor he who watered, but God alone, who is making the seed grow. 8 Now, though he who plants and he who waters are one, each will receive his own reward, according to his own service. 9 For we are God's fellow workers; and you are God's field, you are God's building. 10 According to the grace of God vouchsafed me, like a skillful master-builder, I have laid a foundation; but another will be building upon it. Let each take heed how he builds on it. 11 The foundation is already laid??esus Christ??nd no man can lay another. 12 On that foundation, if a man proceeds to build gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, each man's work will be made manifest. 13 The Day will disclose it, for it dawns in fire, and the fire will test each man's work, of what quality it is. 14 If any man's work??he building he has made??tands the test, he will be rewarded. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, as it were through the flames.
16 Do you not know what you are God's sanctuary, and that the Spirit of God is dwelling within you? 17 If any one tear down God's sanctuary, God will tear him down; for the sanctuary of God is holy, and that is what you are.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If any one of you supposes that he is wise in the philosophy of the present age, let him become foolish, so that he may be wise. 19 For the philosophy of this world is foolishness in God's sight. It is written, He snares the wise in their own craftiness, 20 and again, The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, how futile they are. 21 So let no one make boast in men. For all things are yours; 22 Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things present or things to come; all things are yours; 23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.