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By W. Larry Richards

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Because the temple is God's dwelling place and because the church body is this very temple, it follows that any builder who destroys the temple can surely expect that God will destroy him (vs . 1 7; see . 2 Cor. 1 1 : 1 5)! The metaphor of the temple is used three different ways by Paul. Later in this letter ( 1 Cor. 6: 19), "temple" refers to an individual. In Ephesians 2 : 2 1 , Paul uses the term to represent the universal church. But here in 1 Corinthians 3 , Paul is definitely us­ ing "temple" for the Corinthian church body.

How is this so? The wise of the world were so far off target that they crucified Christ, Wisdom Himself! Had the rulers of this age recognized Christ (that is, had they been truly wise and genuinely spiritual), they would not have crucified "the Lord of glory" (vs. 8). Paul accentuates the mysterious element of this wisdom with a quotation from Scripture, a passage many of us have cited numerous times: God has prepared, for those who love him, far more than we (even the wisest among us) could ever imagine (vs.

1 -4), Paul again defends himself. He indirectly tells the Corinthians they are not qualified to critique his message or his method. ). Their quar­ reling is proof they are not who they think they are-spiritual per­ sons. On the contrary, Paul says their childish behavior proves that they are actually immature infants, and still not ready for solid food (vss. l , 2). In fact, we learn a great deal about the issue when we notice what Paul tells them about their actions-their actions indicate they are mere men (vss.

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