“Honour to whom honour belongs”
Ye are Christ’s.
—1 Corinthians 3:23
Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
In this chapter, the Apostle Paul appeals to his readers to try to understand the relationship they, as the Temple of the living God, have to those who labour on their behalf.
The congregation is a building and belongs to God. This building needs to increase in size and ought to display a holy character, for God’s Spirit dwells in this Temple. In verse 16 we read the admonition, “Know ye not….” A worldly spirit is not fitting in this building, for it undermines its existence and eventually destroys it. Worldly spirits separate and remove the church from its in-tended goal.
Paul desired to stimulate the communion of saints within the congregation. When anyone experiences this communion, they will not seek their own honour and praise, for all honour and praise belong unto the Lord. “You are Christ’s,” Paul said. He who glories must glory in Him alone.
Who belongs to Christ?