Friday, May 30, 2014

Co-Laborers with God - Cultivated and Built

1 Corinthians 3:9 - For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

From our start in this passage yesterday, we saw Paul is using in the Greek structure of this sentence the words out of normal grammatical order. This is a figure of speech called a hyperbaton, and is used to call attention or emphasizing a point. We noted that we are fellow-workers together, working for God. We see this continued in the last two phrases - "God's field" and "God's building."

The term in the Greek georgion denotes a cultivated field - not just a field. This is ground that has been plowed and worked to be useful and capable of producing crops. Since we are "God's cultivated field," we see that it is God who has invested His energy and work in preparing us to do His service. He has cultivated us, prepared us, and is now watching for the production of fruit.  One is not more important than another, each has been trained for the task that is expected of them.

The term for building in the Greek oikodome denotes a building or edification. Paul will continue with this image for the remainder of the chapter. He speaks of the foundation - Jesus Christ - and the work that one must build upon the foundation. We are the walls and structure that is on the foundation of Jesus.

Today, muse over the teachings of Paul about how we are cultivated and structured by God. How has God prepared you to work in His service? How can you use the preparation that God has used on you to work together with other fellow believers to advance the kingdom? As we are going into this weekend, how can you be of service to your church, fellow believers, and the lost.

No comments:

Bible Gateway Scripture

Lookup a word or passage in the Bible
Include this form on your page