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...

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…

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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.

“Laid”(See :11)—tiyhmi—1) To set, put, place—1a) To place or lay, 1b) To put down, lay down, 1c) To set on (serve) something to eat or drink, 1d) To set forth, something to be explained by discourse; 2) To make—2a) To make (or set) for one's self or for one's use; 3) To set, fix establish. Strong—a prolonged form of a primary yew(which is used only as alternate in certain tenses); To place(in the widest application, literally & figuratively; properly--in a passive or horizontal posture, & thus different from isthmi, which properly denotes an upright & active position, while keimai is properly reflexive & utterly prostrate).

“Foundation”(See :11, 12)—yemelion—Adj.—1) Laid down as a foundation, the foundation (of a building, wall, city); 2) metaph.--The foundations, beginnings, first principals—2a) of institution or system of truth. Strong—Something put down, i.e. A substruction(of a building, etc.), (literally or figuratively).

:11—“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

There is nothing else(no person or thing) which God has deemed worthy of “foundational” property & thus propriety aside from that of “Jesus Christ.” He is our Savior(“Jesus”) Anointed(“Christ”) of Almighty God.

“Other”(See :10—“Another”)—allov—Adj.—

“Foundation”(See :10, 12)—yemelion—

“Lay...Laid”(See :10)—tiyhmi—


Acts 4:9-12—[Peter to the rulers & elders of Israel regarding a man healed who had been lame from his mother’s womb]““If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, & to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.””

Eph. 2:19-22—“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers & foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints & members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles & prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Lk. 6:47-49—“Whoever comes to Me, & hears My sayings & does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep & laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, & could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard & did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; & immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

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