1 But I could not discuss things with you, my brothers, as spiritual persons; I had to address you as worldlings, as mere babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not with solid food. You were not able for solid food, and you are not able even now; 3 you are still worldly. For with jealousy and quarrels in your midst, are you not worldly, are you not behaving like ordinary men? 4 When one cries, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," what are you but men of the world?
5 Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? They are simply used by God to give you faith, each as the Lord assigns his task. 6 I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but it was God who made the seed grow. 7 So neither planter nor waterer counts, but God alone who makes the seed grow. 8 Still, though planter and waterer are on the same level, each will get his own wage for the special work that he has done. 9 We work together in God's service; you are God's field to be planted, God's house to be built. 10 In virtue of my commission from God, I laid the foundation of the house like an expert master-builder. It remains for another to build on this foundation. Whoever he is, let him be careful how he builds. 11 The foundation is laid, namely Jesus Christ, and no one can lay any other. 12 On that foundation anyone may build gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 but in every case the nature of his work will come out; the Day will show what it is, for the Day breaks in fire, and the fire will test the work of each, no matter what that work may be. 14 If the structure raised by any man survives, he will be rewarded; 15 if a man's work is burnt up, he will be a loser ??and though he will be saved himself, he will be snatched from the very flames.
16 Do you not know you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells within you? 17 God will destroy anyone who would destroy God's temple, for God's temple is sacred ??and that is what you are.
18 Let no one deceive himself about this; whoever of you imagines he is wise with this world's wisdom must become a 'fool,' if he is really to be wise. 19 For God ranks this world's wisdom as 'sheer folly.' It is written, He seizes the wise in their craftiness, 20 and again, The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise is futile. 21 So you must not boast about men. For all belongs to you; 22 Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, the present and the future ??all belongs to you; 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ to God.