1 Corinthians 3* The Corinthians reproved for their contentions. (1-4) The trueservants of Christ can do nothing without him. (5-9) He is theonly foundation, and every one should take heed what he buildsthereon. (10-15) The churches of Christ ought to be kept pure,and to be humble. (16,17) And they should not glory in men,because ministers and all things else are theirs through Christ.(18-23)1-4 The most simple truths of the gospel, as to man'ssinfulness and God's mercy, repentance towards God, and faith inour Lord Jesus Christ, stated in the plainest language, suit thepeople better than deeper mysteries. Men may have much doctrinalknowledge, yet be mere beginners in the life of faith andexperience. Contentions and quarrels about religion are sadevidences of carnality. True religion makes men peaceable, notcontentious. But it is to be lamented, that many who should walkas Christians, live and act too much like other men. Manyprofessors, and preachers also, show themselves to be yetcarnal, by vain-glorious strife, eagerness for dispute, andreadiness to despise and speak evil of others. 5-9 The ministers about whom the Corinthians contended, wereonly instruments used by God. We should not put ministers intothe place of God. He that planteth and he that watereth are one,employed by one Master, trusted with the same revelation, busiedin one work, and engaged in one design. They have theirdifferent gifts from one and the same Spirit, for the very samepurposes; and should carry on the same design heartily. Thosewho work hardest shall fare best. Those who are most faithfulshall have the greatest reward. They work together with God, inpromoting the purposes of his glory, and the salvation ofprecious souls; and He who knows their work, will take care theydo not labour in vain. They are employed in his husbandry andbuilding; and He will carefully look over them. 10-15 The apostle was a wise master-builder; but the grace ofGod made him such. Spiritual pride is abominable; it is usingthe greatest favours of God, to feed our own vanity, and makeidols of ourselves. But let every man take heed; there may bebad building on a good foundation. Nothing must be laid upon it,but what the foundation will bear, and what is of a piece withit. Let us not dare to join a merely human or a carnal life witha Divine faith, the corruption of sin with the profession ofChristianity. Christ is a firm, abiding, and immovable Rock ofages, every way able to bear all the weight that God himself orthe sinner can lay upon him; neither is there salvation in anyother. Leave out the doctrine of his atonement, and there is nofoundation for our hopes. But of those who rest on thisfoundation, there are two sorts. Some hold nothing but the truthas it is in Jesus, and preach nothing else. Others build on thegood foundation what will not abide the test, when the day oftrail comes. We may be mistaken in ourselves and others; butthere is a day coming that will show our actions in the truelight, without covering or disguise. Those who spread true andpure religion in all its branches, and whose work will abide inthe great day, shall receive a reward. And how great! how muchexceeding their deserts! There are others, whose corruptopinions and doctrines, or vain inventions and usages in theworship of God, shall be made known, disowned, and rejected, inthat day. This is plainly meant of a figurative fire, not of areal one; for what real fire can consume religious rites ordoctrines? And it is to try every man's works, those of Paul andApollos, as well as others. Let us consider the tendency of ourundertakings, compare them with God's word, and judge ourselves,that we be not judged of the Lord. 16,17 From other parts of the epistle, it appears that thefalse teachers among the Corinthians taught unholy doctrines.Such teaching tended to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy thebuilding, which should be kept pure and holy for God. Those whospread loose principles, which render the church of God unholy,bring destruction upon themselves. Christ by his Spirit dwellsin all true believers. Christians are holy by profession, andshould be pure and clean, both in heart and conversation. He isdeceived who deems himself the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet isunconcerned about personal holiness, or the peace and purity ofthe church. 18-23 To have a high opinion of our own wisdom, is but toflatter ourselves; and self-flattery is the next step toself-deceit. The wisdom that wordly men esteem, is foolishnesswith God. How justly does he despise, and how easily can hebaffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in theworld, have vanity, weakness, and folly in them. All this shouldteach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God,so as not to be led away, by pretences to human wisdom andskill, from the simple truths revealed by Christ. Mankind arevery apt to oppose the design of the mercies of God. Observe thespiritual riches of a true believer; "All are yours," evenministers and ordinances. Nay, the world itself is yours. Saintshave as much of it as Infinite Wisdom sees fit for them, andthey have it with the Divine blessing. Life is yours, that youmay have a season and opportunity to prepare for the life ofheaven; and death is yours, that you may go to the possession ofit. It is the kind messenger to take you from sin and sorrow,and to guide you to your Father's house. Things present areyours, for your support on the road; things to come are yours,to delight you for ever at your journey's end. If we belong toChrist, and are true to him, all good belongs to us, and is sureto us. Believers are the subjects of his kingdom. He is Lordover us, we must own his dominion, and cheerfully submit to hiscommand. God in Christ, reconciling a sinful world to himself,and pouring the riches of his grace on a reconciled world, isthe sum and substance of the gospel.
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