1 Corinthians 3:1-3 - Worldly to Spiritual Transformation.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 - Worldly to Spiritual Transformation.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NKJV) And I, brethren, could not speak to
you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you
were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3
for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and
divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (TNIV) Brothers and sisters, I could not
address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave
you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed,
you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is
jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not
acting like mere human beings?
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when I was
with you I couldn't talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had
to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were
infants in the Christian life. 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with
solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. And you
still aren't ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful
nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other.
Doesn't that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren't you
living like people of the world?
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (TLB) Dear brothers, I have been talking to
you as though you were still just babies in the Christian life who
are not following the Lord but your own desires; I cannot talk to
you as I would to healthy Christians who are filled with the Spirit.
2 I have had to feed you with milk and not with solid food because
you couldn't digest anything stronger. And even now you still have
to be fed on milk. 3 For you are still only baby Christians,
controlled by your own desires, not God's. When you are jealous of one
another and divide up into quarreling groups, doesn't that prove you are
still babies, wanting your own way? In fact, you are acting like
people who don't belong to the Lord at all.
Paul called the Corinthians infants in the Christian life
because they were not yet spiritually healthy and mature. The proof was
that they quarreled like children, allowing divisions to distract
them. Immature Christians are "worldly," controlled by their own
desires; mature believers are in tune with God's desires. How much
influence do your desires have on your life? Your goal should be to let
God's desires be yours. Being controlled by your own desires will
stunt your growth. [Life Application SB]
Immature Christians are "worldly," controlled by their own
desires; mature believers are in tune with God's desires. [The One Year
All believers have God in their heart. But not all believers
have given their whole heart to God. Remember, the question is not,
how can I have more of the Spirit? But rather, how can the Spirit
have more of me? Take inventory. As you look around your life, do you
see any resistant pockets? ... Go down the list...
Your tongue. Do you tend to stretch the truth? Puff up the
facts? Your language? Is your language a sewer of profanities and foul
talk? And grudges? Do you keep resentments parked in your "garage"?
Are you unproductive and lazy? Do you live off the system, assuming
that the church or the country should take care of you? ...
Do your actions interrupt the flow of the Spirit in your
life? [Grace For The Moment SB By Max Lucado re 1Co. 3:16]
No Christian should ever give the excuse, "I'm only human," when
he or she succumbs to some temptation. Only carnal Christians could
give such an excuse, for the Spirit gives us the ability to do what
"mere men" cannot. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
God's Spirit is a unifying force in the community of
believers. His Spirit brings people together in agreement. He doesn't cause
division. But Paul saw the people lining up behind him or Apollos, and he
saw division at work. This was not the work of God's Spirit. Rather,
the people's sinful natures were still controlling them. They were
focusing on individual men instead of on God. How could they be spiritual
with this kind of focus?
When we find ourselves divided from others or arguing with
them, we should step back and look at where our focus is. Is it on
some man-made idea or some self-made man? Are we arguing over
preferences and personal opinions? Most of all, where is God in our vision?
Are we focused on him, or is he in the background, or at the
periphery? Or is he out of sight altogether? If so, this is probably a good
indication that we are being unspiritual, or that we are allowing our
sinful natures to control us.
If you find this true in your own life, take time to adjust
your focus. Turn your attention back to God and encourage your
opponents to do the same. [One Year NLT SB re 1 Cor. 3:3, 4]
Are you mourning, believer, because you are so weak in the
divine life: because your faith is so little, your love so feeble?
Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude. Remember that in some
things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You
are as much bought with blood as he is. You are as much an adopted
child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of
its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely
justified, for your justification is not a thing of degrees: your little
faith has made you clean every whit. You have as much right to the
precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your
right to covenant mercies lies not in your growth, but in the covenant
itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure, but the token of
your inheritance in him. You are as rich as the richest, if not in
enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in
heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the great orb of
day. In the family register of glory the small and the great are
written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father's heart as the
greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender over you. You are like the
smoking flax; a rougher spirit would say, "put out that smoking flax, it
fills the room with an offensive odour!" but the smoking flax he will
not quench. You are like a bruised reed; and any less tender hand
than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you
away, but he will never break the bruised reed. Instead of being
downcast by reason of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. Am I
but little in Israel? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly
places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things.
Though "less than nothing I can boast, and vanity confess." yet, if the
root of the matter be in me I will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in
the God of my salvation. [Morning and Evening by Charles H.
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