Summary: 9 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-IX—1Corinthians 3:1-23

—SECTION 3(:18-23)—Their BOAST—


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 have discovered previously—No mere men can Overcome...

—SECTION 1(3:1-9)—



2. DIET(:2-3a)Sustenance

3. ENVY(:3bi)

4. STRIFE(:3bii)



7. MINISTRY(:4-5)


9. LABOR(:8-9)

—SECTION 2(3:9-17)—


10. FOUNDATION(:9-11)

11. EDIFICE(:10b)

12. QUALITY(:12-15)

13. PURPOSE(3:16-17)

—SECTION 3(3:18-23)—

Their BOAST:

No mere men can Overcome…

Their BOAST(:18-23)

14. DECEPTION(:18-20)


:18—“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”

Jer. 17:9-10—““The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

Thru these pictures(3:1-17). Paul is encouraging the Church to ‘wake up’ so that we will not be fooled(“deceived”).

It is possible for Christian individuals to consider themselves “wise.” In this age man cannot be “wise” in his flesh(1:18-31) but “wisdom” can only be had/found divinely in Christ.

We are told that individuals must become “fools” in order to become “wise.” This direction is taken because worldly wisdom is actually foolishness since it is not God’s wisdom(1:20-21).

“Deceive”—exapataw—1) To deceive. Strong—To seduce wholly. Used 5X.

From—ex—a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), From, out(of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote)—&—apataw—of uncertain derivation; To cheat, i.e. Delude.

“Among”—en—Prep.—1) In, by, with etc. Strong—a primary preposition denoting (fixed)position (in place, time or state), & (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between eiv[into] & ek(from)); “In,” at, (up-)on, by, etc..

“Seems”—dokew—1) To be of opinion, think, suppose; 2) To seem, to be accounted, reputed; 3) It seems to me—3a) I think, judge: thus in question, 3b) It seems good to, pleased me, I determined. Dokew refers to the subjective judgment, which may or may not conform to the fact. Dokew & oiomai describe a subjective judgment growing out of inclination or a view of facts in their relation to us. Oiomai is a subjective judgment which has feeling rather than thought (dokew) for its ground. Strong—To think; by implication--To seem (truthfully or uncertainly).

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