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Not Paul or Apollos; Christ Alone
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This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book 1 Corinthians.

Not Paul or Apollos; Christ Alone

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
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3 That’s because you are still worldly. As long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, you are worldly and living by human standards, aren’t you?

4 For when one person says, “I follow Paul,” and another person says, “I follow to Apollos,” you’re following your own human nature, aren’t you?

5 Who is Apollos, anyhow? Or who is Paul? They’re merely servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord gave to each of us his task.

6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept everything growing.

7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is significant, but God, who keeps everything growing, is the one who matters.

8 The one who plants and the one who waters have the same goal, and each will receive a reward for his own action.

9 For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s farmland and God’s building.


Though Paul did not expect so much from the Corinthians when he was first with them, he now expects to s3 them better because one must grow up in the Christian walk. What Paul might previously tolerate among the Christian believers, he may not now, because he no longer sees them as babes.

Their quarrels and divisions among the Corinthians are signs that they were still worldly and immature, instead of being spiritual and mature.

Some of the Corinthians were exalting Paul, others exalting Apollos. But Paul and Apollos are not in opposition; they are working together. The work of God in Corinth is likened to a field in which Paul did the planting, and Apollos the watering. Though the two have different functions, both are necessary, but neither of them can make the plants grow. Only God can do that.

Those who plant will not see as much fruit as those who water or those who reap. For that reason, the reward does not depend on the fruit people see but on the work they faithfully carry out.

There was no quarrel between Paul and Apollos. Each man did his job as together they brought people to believe in the Christian faith. They were like farmers. Paul planted the ‘seed’ of the gospel when he preached. Apollos helped. He was like someone who waters seed. But only God could make it grow. God is the only one who is important. Neither Paul nor Apollos was important. Each man had his work to do, and God would reward him.

God uses people to work together with Him. Paul and Apollos were servants who were working for the same master. The Christians at Corinth were like a field in which God was working. They were also like a building.

🔷 Every Christian leader called by God has a role to play in the vineyard of Christ

🔷 Christ Jesus is the ultimate, not the human tools that God uses for His work

🔷 No true believer would fuel unnecessary divisions and party spirit in the house of God

💥 Pray against any kind of unnecessary divisions in the Church
💥 Ask God’s Spirit to (re)build the pillars of His Church

All our attention must be on Christ and not on our respective denominations or their leaders.

In series Bright Morning Reflections