Originally posted by Rajk999
Well according to Paul its mans work. Paul said nothing of any Triune God.
According to Paul to BUILD the church is a matter of the apostles planting and watering and God giving the growth to the life of Jesus within them.
This is why he preceded his word there about building on the foundation of Christ with this word:
" I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused to growth." (v.6)
He is not talking about the growth of the natural life. He is talking about the growth of the life of God which has been imparted into the Christians in Corinth.
They must grow in that life. And the growth of that life is also the BUILDING of the temple.
This is why he equates the local church to both the FARM and the BUILDING. As God GROWS in them God also BUILDS them up together.
"Now he who plants and he who waters are one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's cultivated land [or farm] God's building." (vs.8,9)
You need to follow the allegory. You need to follow the thought of the Apostle Paul.
Christ has been PLANTED into the believers.
This "plant" needs watering.
The workers of God plant Christ. The workers also water this Christ. The goal is that Christ would grow in the Christians in Corinth. The growth of spiritual life in them is the BUILDING of the church.
The foundation of the church has been lain by the master builder apostle -
"According to the grace of God given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds upon it. But let each man take heed how he builds upon it.
For another foundation no one is able to lay besides that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
But if anyone build upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, ... etc." (vs. 10-12)
The local church is a cultivated land which is meant to GROW CHRIST in people.
The local church is also a house on a foundation, which foundation is Christ.
Christ is the foundation. But Christ is also the building material.
By means of receiving Christ the Father's divine nature is theirs, the redeeming work of the Son is theirs and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit is theirs.
They can grow in the divine life and be builded together. Their growth IS their building too. They build by increasing in the living of Christ within them. More Christ - more building. Less Christ - less building.
The apostles plant Christ by preaching the gospel.
The apostles also WATER the Christ planted in them with nourishing spiritual teaching and fellowship.
Your overactive mind is turning to idolatry. Any representation of God/Jesus in the form of a picture or material objects is idolatry.
No. You are too natural and are unable to discern spiritual things communicated in spiritual words.
You lack experience. You also lack real knowledge of the Scriptures.
In the very same chapter Paul speak of spiritual things communicated in spiritual words.
" But we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit which is form God, that we may know the things which have been graciously given to us by God.
Which things also we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things with spiritual words.
But a soulish man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him and he is not able to know them because they are discerned spiritually." (vs. 12-14)
Prayer would help you. Prayer and repentance would help you. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time.