The Holman Christian Standard Bible

1 Corinthians 3:5–15

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The Role of God’s Servants

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, r Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s coworkers. s You are God’s field, God’s building. t 10 According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation u than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, v costly stones, w wood, hay, or straw, 13 each one’s work will become obvious, for the day x will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; y the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. z 14 If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; a yet it will be like an escape through fire. b c

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