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3:22 “…whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come– all are yours.”
 
The believer can profit from any dimension in life.
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas,
The believer can profit from sound Christian leaders but there is no need to claim that these leaders are superior to one another – “I am of Paul, I am of Apollos, I am of Peter.” All these leaders belong to us because we belong to Christ.
or the world or life or death,
If God is God then the believer has a place in God’s scheme of things. The believer in Christ conquered even death.
or things present or things to come
Everything we experience in this life or the life to come is in God’s scheme for us.
– all are yours.
A Christian needs a total perspective on his possessions. If a believer has this perspective on things, why should he concern himself with rivalry with others? 
PRINCIPLE:
We need to have a right perspective on our possessions.
APPLICATION:
If we have God’s perspective on things, there is no need for rivalry among fellow believers. We will not allow personal preference to become prejudice. Blind exclusivism will pit leaders against leaders. It is difficult to follow good teachers if we put our eyes on personalities.
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