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Manuscript Releases, vol. 21 [Nos. 1501-1598], Page 399

take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Let no man suppose that he is appointed to be a foundation upon which other human beings are to build. Every human being is to erect his building upon the sure foundation, Jesus Christ. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is” [1 Corinthians 3:12, 13].

I am instructed to say that sufficient carefulness has not been shown in regard to the material which has been brought to the foundation-stone. “If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” Who does not desire then to be faithful in cooperating with Christ? “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” [verse 15]. If he sees his wrong and sincerely repents, he will save himself, but his lifework is a failure.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” [verses 16, 17].

To those who lift themselves up in exaltation, supposing that anything they may choose to do is right, the caution comes, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise” [verse 18]. Let not his soul be puffed up with self-conceit, for he is but a man. He is not God. He is not to suppose that he is a foundation upon which other men are to build. There is danger here, and I am instructed to say, Take heed. All ye are brethren. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness” [verse 19].

Just as surely as men weave the threads of selfishness into the pattern, their work will be revealed. For “the Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.” The Lord gives wisdom to those who will make the best use of this wisdom. Christ declares, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” God knows who is prepared to act as His helping hand in the closing scenes of this earth's history.

“All things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.” God sees where His wisdom is most needed and where it will

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