1 Corinthians 3 – Wise Building

Read 1 Corinthians 3

Anyone who has built anything knows that the foundation is the most important part of the structure.  The whole building rests on the foundation and if it is faulty, the whole structure will be affected.

As Paul continues on the theme of earthly, human wisdom vs. the wisdom of God, he leads his audience to the fundamental flaw in their pursuit of human leaders over and above God.  Every building ever made has been subject to flaws and imperfection; every organization with a human leader has failed.  However, when those things find their foundation in Jesus Christ, they will succeed.

Paul points out that, whether they know it or not, the foundation that was laid for the church in Corinth is the Gospel.  It was laid by Paul through the grace of God.  This doesn’t mean that it was laid by human hands, but that God used Paul to lay this solid foundation in Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, their pursuit of human leaders and human strength is likened to an attempt at laying a new foundation or building out of materials that simply will not be structurally sound.  It may look nice on the outside, but in the end, the building will be shown for what it is: unsound.

The theme of God’s refining fire is prevalent throughout Scripture.  God’s work in this capacity, often described in the Old Testament as God’s wrath, is actually rooted in God’s deep love for us and His desire to build us up.  To do so, a continual burning away of the junk is needed in the same way that a garden needs continual weeding so that the plants can grow strong and healthy.  As parents discipline their children so to does the Spirit guide us, refining us to deeper maturity in Christ.

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