Summary: 6 of 10. Paul reveals the traits of unspiritual men. Unspiritual men are unable to exist in harmony. But Why? Because...No mere men can Overcome...

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NO MERE MEN-VI—1Corinthians 3:1-9; 9-17; 18-23

—SECTION 2(3:9-17)—


When it comes down to it, mankind's abilities are severely limited, accomplishing only a very small amount of the work they desire &/or what is required.

All mankind realizes that their world is in need of a savior. Realizing that No Mere Men can accomplish the world’s greatest need…dealing with sin.

Paul reveals the traits of unspiritual men.

Unspiritual men are unable to exist in harmony.

Why are the unspiritual unable to live in harmony?


As we discovered previously—No mere men can Overcome...

—SECTION 1(:1-9)—


2. DIET(:2-3a)Sustenance

3. ENVY(:3bi)

4. STRIFE(:3bii)



7. MINISTRY(:4-5)


9. LABOR(:8-9)

Today we'll look at...

—SECTION 2(:9-17)—

10—No mere men can Overcome…

BUILDING(:9-17)Edifice & Manner.>.>.>.>.>.>.>


10—No mere men can Overcome…



These all come back to the church’s being carnal evidenced thru their being Envious, Striving, & ultimately, Divisive(:1-3).


:9—“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

“Building”—oikodomh—1) (the act of)Building, building up; 2) metaph.--Edifying, edification—2a) The act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness.; 3) A building (i.e. the thing built, edifice). Strong—feminine (abstract) of a compound of oikov[A dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication--A family (more or less related, literal or figuratively)] & the base of dwma[properly--An edifice, i.e. specially--A roof]; Architecture, i.e. concretely--A structure; figuratively--Confirmation:

:10—“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, & another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.”

“Wise/Skilled”(See :18)—sofov—Adj.—1) Wise—1a) Skilled, expert: of artificers, 1b) Wise, skilled in letters, cultivated, learned—1b1) Of the Greek philosophers & orators, 1b2) Of Jewish theologians, 1b3) Of Christian teachers, 1c) Forming the best plans & using the best means for their execution. Sofov denotes wise, skilled, an expert. Strong—akin to safhv(clear); Wise(in a most general application).

“Master Builder/Expert Builder”—arcitektwn—1) A master builder, an architect, the superintendent in the erection of buildings. Strong—A chief constructor, i.e. “Architect.” Used 1X. English= ‘Architect’; ‘Chief Tech’

From—arch—(properly abstract)--A commencement, or concretely--Chief(in various applications of order, time, place, or rank)—&—tektwn—An artificer(as producer of fabrics), i.e. specifically--A craftsman in wood.

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