1 Corinthians Chapter 3 – Our Perfect Foundation
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 :10-15 (NIV)
Here in 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 Paul is talking about the foundation of our faith – Jesus – and the building on that foundation is our teachings. Each denomination teaches something different. For example, Baptists believe that a proper baptism is by emersion, while the Methodists use “sprinkling, immersion and pouring.” (See Differences)
The basis of the division in 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 :10-15 does not matter, only the foundation of Jesus. Anyone who has that will be saved, but we must be careful of what we build on the foundation, lest our works be “burned up” at the judgment. I believe Satan is behind most of the division to be found in the churches today. Not just within each church, but between the denominations. If he can keep us fighting amongst ourselves, we can never join forces to fight against him, and he is our real enemy!
Regardless of what denomination we are from 1 Corinthians Chapter 3, as long as the foundation of our beliefs are the fundamentals of the Bible – Jesus Christ, crucified for our sins and the only basis for forgiveness of those sins – we are “on the same team.” The same goes for fighting inside individual churches. What we wear and the music we play and our programs and how we spend our money, etc. should not be the focus of all our conversations.
We need the name of Jesus to echo in our hallways as we talk about what the Lord has done for us in the past week since we have seen each other. It should be commonplace to see people loving on one another and praying for one another! And should anyone ask the question of why we go to church, the answer should always be, first and foremost, because we love Jesus and the Word of God and to worship Him with our brothers and sisters in Christ!
We are all members of God’s family. Peter said, in Acts 10:34, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism but accepts from every nation [and denomination] the one who fears him and does what is right.” He had been sent by God, to a Roman centurion, a Gentile, and he witnessed personally Cornelius and everyone with him receive the same Holy Spirit that he himself had received. God’s Holy Spirit is for everyone. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone (emphasis mine) who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 (NIV)
Do not follow “cleverly invented stories.” (1 Peter 1:16, NIV) Follow Jesus; emulate Jesus only and “do not turn to the right or the left.” (Proverbs 4:27) Interested in more 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 Quote scroll down to read more or sign up now to receive Bible Quotes from 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 or any other Bible Quotes.