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ye are God's husbandry,5 ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, 6 I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For s other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
5 tillage. A. V. architect. Ham. 1: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
• Eph, ii, 20: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Col. ii. 7 : Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Heb. iii. 3, 4, 6: This man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. But Christ as a son over his own house ; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 1 Pet. ii. 4, 5: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house.
p Rom. xii. 3. See on Rom. i. 5.
9 Ver. 6. Acts, xviii. 8: Many of the Corinthians hearing [Paul] believed, and were baptized. Rom. xv. 20: Yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation. 1 Cor. iv. 15. do. ix. 1: Are not ye my work in the Lord ? Rev. xxi. 14: The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
r1 Pet. iv. 11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth : that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. - 82 Cor. xi. 4: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another Gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. Gal. i. ñ : Which is not another; but there be some that trouble your, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
See on MAT. xvi. 18.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ;
13 "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed' by fire ; and the w fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss : but he himself shall be saved ; " yet so as by fire. 8
16 Know ye not that ye are the a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in
17 If any man defile' the temple of God, him
? Gr. is revealed. A. V. 8 through fire, Ham. 9 destroy. A. V.
u 1 Cor. iv. 5.
"Luke, ii. 35 : (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
W JOB, xxiii. 10: When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Ps. Ixvi. 10: Thou, O God, hast proved us : thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. PRO. xvii. 3: The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. Isa. xlviii. 10: Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Jer. xxii. 29 : Is not my word like as fire ? saith the LORD. Zec. xiii. 9: I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. JAMES, i. 3 : Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 1 Pet. i. 7: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious—though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. do. iv. 12 : Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you : *1 Cor. iv. 5.
y Zec. iii. 2: And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee : is not this a brand plucked out of the fire ? JUDE, 23: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
z See on Rom. viii. 9.
shall God destroy ; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 - Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a b fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20. And again, The Lord e knoweth the thoughts 10 of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore 'let no man glory in men. For & all things are 11 your's;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come ; all are your's; 23And "ye are Christ's ; and Christ is. God's. - 10 reasonings. We.. 11 all are. Ham. i
a See on Rom. xii. 3.
b 1 Cor. iv. 10. .°1 Cor. i. 20 : Where is the wise ? where is the Scribe ? where is the disputer of this world ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ? do. ii. 6. ...d Job, v. 13. : See on 1 Cor. i. 19. · e Ps. xciv. 11 : The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
fVer. 4,5,6. Jer. ix. 23, 24 : Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches : but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth : for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. I Cor. i. 12: 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. do. iv. 6. .
82 Cor. iv. 5, 15: For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
h Rom. xiv. 8: For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 1 Cor. xi. 3: I would
CHAP. IV. 1 In what account the ministers ought to be had : 7 we have nothing which we have not received : 9 the apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men : 13 the filth and offscouring of the world : 15 yet our fathers in Christ, 16 whom we ought to follow..
LET a man so account of us, as of the & ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries 2 of God.
1 dispensers. Rh. 2 secrets. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. have you know, that the head of every man is Christ. 2 Cor. x. 7 : If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. Gal. iii. 29: If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed.
CHAP. IV. . a Mat. xxiv. 45 : Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his houshold, to give them meat in due season ? 1 Cor. iii. 5: Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man ? do. ix. 17: For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward : but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed :unto me. 2 Cor. vi. 4: În all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in affictions. Col. i. 25: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me for you to fulfil the word of God. · Mat. xxv. 21 : His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant : thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. LUKE, xii. 42 : The Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his houshold, to give them their portion of meat in due season ? do. xvi. I : There was a certain rich man, which had a steward ; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 1 Cor. vii. 25: I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 2 Cor. i. 12 : Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world. do. ii. 17 : We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. do. iv. 5: We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. : Eph. iii. 2 : If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward. Col. i. 7: Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ,
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment :3 yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself,4 d vet am I not hereby justified : but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore ejudge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, fwho both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have s praise of God.
3 Gr. day. chap. iii. 19. A. V. 'I am not guilty in conscience of any thing. Rh. I Tim.i. 12 : I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. Tit. i. 7: A Bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God. 1 Pet. iv. 10: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
PRO. xxi. 2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 1 John, iii. 20, 21; If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
d See on Acts, xiii. 39.
e Mat. vii. 1 : Judge not, that ye be not judged. Rom. ii. 1, 16: Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my Gospel. do. xiv. 4, 10, 13: Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Let us not therefore judge one another any more : but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Rev. xx. 12 : The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
1 Cor. iii. 13. 8 2 Cor. v. 10 : For we must all appear before the judgment