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October 25, 2014 / Samuel

属灵或属肉体 [Spiritual or Carnal]





Book: 1 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

1 Corinthians 3:1 :“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.”

Today’s Meditation: Paul wrote to the reborn Christians with new life. They were brethren but also babes. Their problem is at the fact that they are carnal instead of spiritual. Spiritual life just like carnal life can affect our judgement and outlook with its own maturity. The disadvantages of babes are that they are innocent and lack of judgement. They cannot distinguish between right or wrong, and can easily change from tears to smile. They cannot understand the things of adults especially their parents’ plans. Besides, babes need to be loved. They need help from people. Paul related the spiritual prospect of Corinth believers with babes because they were like babes in Christ without spiritual judgement skill. They were easily tricked, easily changed, and have difficulty in understanding spiritual matters. The things they pursued have no spiritual value. The improvement in spiritual grace, knowledgeable in truth, and spiritual maturity are different. One with spiritual grace or knowledge is not necessarily spiritually mature. A spiritually mature person is like Christ. These people received the grace of life and relied on God all the way. They should have able to guide people but they failed. They were still babes in Christ who are limited by the levels in life. Their thoughts were controlled by carnal, materialistic and earthly things.

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