So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. In the global population, there are relatively few people who legitimately can be titled a founder of a business or a ministry; even fewer, a ministry which continues for a significantly long time, such as 57 years. Some begin a ministry and build it into a special work; many, many others water what is planted, and some variously take part in its harvest. Founding requires a call, a vision, and the ability and commitment to see the vision through to fruition. Many others come alongside, buying into the God-inspired vision of the founder. It takes many other hands to water and nurture the objects of the founding vision.
HOW GOD GIVES THE GROWTH
PLANTED INTO CHRIST
Proverbs The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Acts ,26,27 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus…. Acts And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,. Psalm ,11 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity…. New Living Translation I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. Contemporary English Version I planted the seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made them sprout and grow. Good News Translation I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. New Heart English Bible I planted. Apollos watered.
God is the real Farmer, and Paul was one of His co-workers 2 Cor. Working together with God, Paul planted the believers into Christ. Christ is the soil. The context of 1 Corinthians indicates this. In 1 Corinthians we are told that we have been called into the fellowship of the Son of God, and, in verse 30, that of God we are now in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom.
What does 1 Corinthians mean? Now he is explaining to them, as if to children, why it is so foolish to divide themselves into factions based on which Christian leader they are loyal to. In the previous verse, Paul wrote that he and Apollos are both merely servants of the Lord. God used each of them to bring the Corinthians to faith in Christ, but they should not be the focus of that faith. Now Paul adds something that is helpful in this context but is also valuable in our understanding of how God's work is accomplished on earth. Paul uses an agricultural metaphor. Paul planted the gospel; he introduced the people in Corinth to the message of the forgiveness of sin through faith in Christ. This parallels Jesus' description of gospel evangelism as sowing of seeds Matthew —9, 18— Paul describes Apollos as watering this seed.