“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:1
The word that really jumps out to me in the verse above is the word “carnal”. In fact, if you read verses 1-4 you will find Paul uses the word “carnal” three times. The reason Paul does this is because the word “carnal” is an accurate representation of the main problem in the Corinthian church. “Carnal” simply means “flesh” or “fleshly”. Paul is not putting the Corinthians down, he is simply pointing out to them their nature. The truth is we are all fleshly people, but some happen to be more fleshly than others.
Paul addresses the Corinthians as “brethren” so we know he is talking to fellow followers of Jesus, but he also refers to them as “babes in Christ”. This was the issue Paul had with them. After eighteen months they should have no longer been so concerned with natural things, rather they should have had a much greater desire for spiritual things.
In Romans 8:5-7 Paul wrote, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who living according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” The problem in the church in Corinth continues to be a huge problem in the church in California. Way too many Christians today set their minds on the flesh instead of the Spirit. This is not only the cause of most divisions in the church, this is also the cause of why so many Christians are not experiencing the abundant life and peace Jesus promised.
Please pray about inviting an unsaved - or an unhappy Christian - friend or family member to church this Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and spend our time together learning about “The Cure for Carnality”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!
This Sunday is Potluck Sunday so be sure to bring your favorite dish to share!