1 Corinthians 3:6-8 Only Christ is Something

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (KJV)
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

It is easy for us to compartmentalize the Bible so much that we miss its full message. We have an example of that here where Paul picks up a subject that was first found two chapters earlier. Apparently he was not finished. This tells us that any proper understanding of the second and third chapters requires that we understand it in the context of schisms and the dangers of having “favorite” preachers.

The point that our apostle was making is that only Christ is “something”.

  • Paul was nothing
  • Apollos was nothing

These two men, and countless like them over the last two millennia, were just laborers.

  • Some of them planted
  • Some of them watered 
  • Some of them harvested

In every case, however, the increase came of Christ or else it was no increase at all.

We are all equal. We are all nothing. Only Christ is something.

 

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1 Corinthians 1:12-13 Case Closed

1 Corinthians 1:12-13 (KJV)
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

I think too many forget that this passage is written to a single local church. To apply it to an imaginary invisible universal church may seem to be the easiest, but it is by no means the most accurate interpretation. This church was facing division. These people within it were claiming unholy loyalties. Paul meant to put an end to it.

Paul’s central argument was this, “…was Paul Crucified for you?” Paul had come to Corinth to establish that church. He had preached the gospel that led to their salvation. He had taught and trained them in the truths associated with their faith but he was not the One who had died, was buried and rose again for them.

And neither were any of their other heroes.

  • Case closed
  • Slammed shut
  • No more argument

Jesus Christ alone was their Saviour and to Christ alone they must give allegiance.

Interestingly, there was a dividing faction in the church that did claim, “I am of Christ”. The context demands that this group, though sounding holy, were equally in the wrong.

John Gill writes concerning those who claimed “I am of Christ“,
“They were for Christ without his ministers; they were wiser than their teachers; they were above being under any ministrations and ordinances; as the others attributed too much to the ministers of the Gospel, these detracted too much from them, and denied them to be of any use and service. Some persons may be, in such sense, for Christ, as to be blame worthy; as when they use his name to deceive men, or divide his interest.”

Our loyalties belong strictly to Christ who will always lead us to,

Hebrews 13:17 (KJV)
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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2 Chronicles 6:1-2 The Darkness Lifted

2 Chronicles 6:1-2 (KJV)
Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.

Solomon must have meant by “thick darkness” the heavens.

We know that God dwells in the heavens and, when we look into them we see two distinct things – darkness and depth (thickness) By dwelling in this thick darkness we realize immediately:

The vastness of God
1 Kings 8:27 says,
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

What awesome thoughts conjure in our heads when we think of the greatness of God. He is:

  • Too high for us to comprehend,
  • Too big for us to contain and
  • Too powerful for us to capture

The invisibility of God
We cannot understand Him. We come short of His glory. The natural man is hidden from the view of God and the saved man sees only through a glass darkly.

But then there is,
This gracious condescension of God
Though the heavens cannot contain Him, He chose to dwell in the house Solomon built for Him. This is a type of the grace of God who, though separated from man by sin, became a man to take away our sin. He who dwells in the thick darkness, lighted the world with His own glory in Jesus Christ.

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John 20:13-16 Entertaining Strangers

John 20:13-16 (KJV)
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

The passage has some irony doesn’t it? Mary’s great concern was that she didn’t know where Jesus’s body was and the person she expressed that concern to was Jesus. She spoke to Jesus about missing Jesus, not knowing it was Jesus she spoke to.

I am reminded of Hebrews 13:2, Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. How often, I wonder, do we share concerns with hearts broken not realizing that the very ones we share those concerns with are the ones God sent to comfort and answer those concerns?

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John 19:15 The Only King Who Would Love Them

John 19:15 (KJV)
But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

The chief priests disavowed Jesus as their king in favor of Caesar. But neither Caesar nor any other leader in history has been kind to the Jews. We hear very little of them in history until near the middle of the twentieth century but what we do hear is always that of hardship and unkindness to them by the world – especially those in authority.

They rejected the only One Scripturally qualified to be their king and the only king in this world who would love them.

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John 17:8 (KJV) True Disciples

John 17:8 (KJV)
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Jesus makes three observations about those who are true disciples:
They have received the Word Jesus gave from the Father
They didn’t just hear Jesus, they took heed. The words that He spoke became meat for their meal. They ate it and it became part of them

They have known surely Jesus came out from the Father
I take this to be in reference to His Person. They were sure that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise.

They have believed that God the Father sent Jesus
I take this to be in reference to His purpose. He was sent to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

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John 15:1 (KJV) True Vine Implications

John 15:1 (KJV)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

The fact that Jesus is the true vine implies that there are other vines:
There is a vine that looks like the real but is not
There are some species of plant life that appear to be one thing but they are not. So there are those who claim to be followers of Christ but are not.

There is a vine that is of the real but is wild
There are those plants that spring out of a species but have stopped producing the fruit of the desired plant. Even so there are groups who have true roots to Christ but are no longer truly Christian.

There is a vine that is different than the true but claims to be the same
Sometimes a plant may be thought to be something it isn’t. Even so some religions may be thought to be true but they are not.

There is a vine that is of the true but has forgotten the true vine
I have a raspberry plant that constantly has vines that try to become their own independent plant. Even so there are Christians who stray away from the Lord to follow after their own ideas.

 

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John 14:22 (KJV) Salvation is a Faith Issue

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Thaddeus also known as the writer of Jude, asks the question, “How is it that Jesus will manifest Himself to believers and not the rest of the world?” The answer follows:

Through the Word
Those who love the Lord keep His Word and find Christ in it.

Through the Comforter
The Holy Spirit living in us is real. We sense His presence, receive direction from Him and are given power through Him.

Through peace
Paul will call it “peace that passeth all understanding[1]. We can’t explain it. A person must possess it or be left to misunderstand it.

A question we might ask today is, “Why would He manifest Himself to us and not to the world?” I believe the answer to that question is that He would have all men to be saved, not just aware of His being. Salvation is a faith issue. If He were manifest to them they would have no faith because, according to Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

[1] Philippians 4:7

 

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John 13:32 (KJV) God Glorified Jesus

John 13:32 (KJV)
If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

John Gill writes,
“If God be glorified in him,…. all the perfections of God are glorified in Christ, by his sufferings and death: this is a certain truth, is indisputably matter of fact, that all the perfections of God are glorified in Christ, by his sufferings and death:
God shall also glorify him in himself; …: by his own power, in raising him from the dead, setting him at his own right hand, and crowning him with glory and honour:”

The evidence that the crucifixion of Jesus glorified the Father is that the Father glorified Christ in His resurrection.

 

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Luke 20:6 (KJV) Committed to Christ?

Luke 20:6 (KJV)
But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

The same people who would later cry out they wanted Jesus crucified here would have, the Pharisees believed, stoned them for speaking lightly of John the Baptist.

  • It is easier to accept a man is a prophet than to accept He is God
  • It is easier to support a good man than to stay faithful to Christ as Saviour
  • It is more natural to defend the character of a leader than to defend the deity of Christ

Whether they would have stoned the Pharisees is impossible to tell. We do know that, though they were intrigued with Jesus, in the end they turned against Him.

Professing believers ought to take this to heart and examine closely their faith. Are we merely loyal to a preacher and intrigued by Christ? Or are we genuinely committed to our relationship with Him?

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