Summary: 7 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—1Corinthians 3:1-23(3:1-9; 9-17; 18-23)

—SECTION 2(3:9-17)Their Building—part 2


When it comes down to it, without tools, Mere Men’s abilities are severely limited, accomplishing only a very small amount of the work they desire.

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)

—SECTION 2(:9-17)—

10—No mere men can Overcome…



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).

B.—EDIFICE(:10b)Actively Build upon

“…& another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.”

Other people would build upon the “foundation” which Paul had set in place(“laid”).

All men are called upon to pay close attention to the manner in which they build upon the foundation. Thereby, many builders of succeeding generations are employed in the building.

“Another”(See :10—“Other”)—allov—Adj.—1) Another, other. Allov as compared with eterov denotes numerical in distinction from qualitative differences; allov adds ('one besides') Strong—a primary word; “Else,” i.e. Different(in many applications).

“Builds on”2X(See :12, 14)—epoikodomew—1) To build upon, build up. To finish the structure of which the foundation has already been laid [or] To give constant increase in Christian knowledge & in a life conformed thereto. Strong—To build upon, i.e. figuratively--To rear up. Used 8X.

“Take heed/Be Careful”—blepw—1) To see, discern, of the bodily eye; 2) metaph.--To see with the mind's eye; 3) in a geographical sense--Of places, mountains, buildings, etc. turning towards any quarter, as it were, facing it. Oraw gives prominence to the discerning mind, blepw to the particular mood or point. When the physical side recedes, oraw denotes perception in general (as resulting principally from vision), the prominence being in the mental element. Blepw on the other hand, when the physical side recedes, gets a purely outward sense. Skopew is more pointed than blepw, often meaning "to scrutinize, observe".

“How”—pwv—Particle—1) How, in what way. Strong—an interrogative particle of manner; In what way?(sometimes the question is indirect--How?); also as exclamation--How much!

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