You are God’s field under cultivation: God, not Paul,
was the true and rightful Owner of the field of growing
Christians. Unless God imparted his blessing and spirit,
all the work that Paul or Apollos did would be without
results. (See study note on 1Co 3:6.) The term rendered
“field under cultivation” (Greek, ge·orʹgi·on) appears only
here in the Christian Greek
economy was mainly based on trade, the area was
renowned for its fertility. In addition to this illustration
based on agriculture, Paul introduces another illustration
in this verse, that of construction. (See study note on
God’s building in this verse.) Paul appeals to different
members of the congregation, since construction and
agriculture were two common activities in the ancient world.
God’s building: Here Paul likens the Christian congregation
to a building. In the next verse, he compares himself to a
builder, working together with God in a spiritual construction
work to produce Christian disciples who have durable qualities.
congregation “God’s temple.” At Eph 2:21, 22, the
congregation is called “a holy temple” that God inhabits
“by spirit.” This means that God uses his holy spirit, or
nvisible active force, to motivate those in the congregation,
to sustain them, and to help them cultivate its fruitage.
(Ga 5:22, 23) The apostle Peter uses a similar comparison,
calling the disciples “living stones.” (1Pe 2:5) The apostles
and prophets are likened to the foundation, and Jesus is
“the foundation cornerstone.”—Eph 2:20.
· +MMt 9:37, 38
<· +EEph 2:22; 1Pe 2:5
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