“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (v7). Paul said that the Corinthian tendency to “hero worship” their spiritual leaders (v3-6) showed a dangerous immaturity. Putting human leaders up on a pedestal distracted people from Jesus and also provoked “jealousy and strife” (v3). Every leader had a different gift and different part of play in building up the church: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (v6).
The “solid food” (v2) of the truth reminds us that there are no rock stars in God’s kingdom except Jesus Christ. All other leaders are “servants through whom you believed” (v5).