1 Corinthians 3, 16-23

16 Do you not know that you are GOD’s Temple and that GOD’s Spirit dwells in you? 
17 If anyone destroys GOD’s Temple, GOD will destroy that person. For GOD’s Temple is Holy, and you are that Temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with GOD. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness,” [note a]
20 and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” [note b]
21 So let no one boast about men [note c]. For all things are yours,
22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all belong to you,
23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to GOD. [note d]

 


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Note:

[note a] Biblical quote referred to the Book of Jobe 5, 13: “He takes the wise in their own craftiness;
    and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.”

[note b] Biblical quote referred to the Book of Psalm 94, 11 “The LORD knows man’s thoughts that they are vanity.

[note c] Sometimes the Greek word ἀνθρώποις = antropois or “men” is wrongly understood as “powerful men/leaders”

[note d] “The Christ [the Messiah] belongs to GOD [the CREATOR]”, in this passage the doctrine of Paul of Tarsus is clear. There are no references in his writings about the trinity, idealized centuries after his death and made official at the first Council of Nicea in 325 AD

Commentary:

Worldly Wisdom is Foolishness to GOD
In this chapter the apostle Paul begin to imputes to the Corinthians their divisions and instructs them how what was amiss among them might be rectified, and then conclude with two foundamentals teachings:
1 He exhorts them to honour to their bodies (using the similitude of GOD’s Temple) by keeping them pure (v. 16-17), and to humility and self-diffidence (v. 18-21)
2 Admonished them from glorying in particular ministers (continuing what was written in v.5 remembering that their ministers were no more than simple men), exhorting them to be followers exclusively of Christ (their Teacher on earth), the only one who can lead them to GOD (as he came himself from the CREATOR).
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