“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth 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, ‘He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.’
And again, ‘The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.’
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.”
(1 Corinthian 3:16-23)
The Holy Spirit mentioned in verse 16 has taken up residence in every believer in God.
In verse 17 God warns us He will destroy anyone who dishonors himself. These are the nonbelievers and the false believers coming before God.
Paul is telling us here in verse 18 some very good advice: do not be led away from the truth and simplicity of the gospel by having too high an opinion of your own wisdom. It shows us in verses 19 and 20 not to try and compare our wisdom to that of God.
In verse 21 God tells us that anyone who belongs to Christ is a child of God, and His Father will do anything for us. Nothing of the Father’s resources He shall begrudge to the believer.
The absurdity spoken in verse 22 and their dividing over allegiances to any of these men is that God gave them all to the Corinthians, or the world; this is Paul’s rebuke to the legalists of his day.
Verse 23 tells us it is only because of our relationship to Christ, who is Lord of all, that all of these benefits accrue. Christ is God’s. Christ is not subordinate to God, as the believer is to Christ; rather He is the Anointed One of God. He is God in the flesh, reconciling the world unto Himself.
All glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan