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October 25, 2014 / Samuel

属灵或属肉体 [Spiritual or Carnal]

书卷:哥林多前书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多前书3章1节:“弟兄们,我从前对你们说话,不能把你们当作属灵的,只得把你们当作属肉体、在基督里为婴孩的。”

今日默想:保罗在这里是写给基督徒,就是已经重生,有新生命的人。他们是婴孩,但也是弟兄。他们的问题在,他们不是属灵的,而是属肉体的。属灵的生命,正像属肉身的生命那样,生命的长大和成熟的程度,会影响人的爱好、判断力、人生观等。婴孩的坏处就是无知,容易受骗,没有判断力,不会分别是非,很容易改变,容易笑也容哭。他们对大人的事没法子领悟,对于父母的爱和父母所要计划的事,既不能了解,也不会分忧。此外,婴孩是受人爱的,不是授爱于人的。总是要得到人的帮助,而不是要去帮助人。保罗用婴孩的坏处比喻哥林多信徒灵性的光景,因为他们正像基督里的婴孩,没有属灵的判断力,容易受骗,容易改变,难于领会属灵的事。他们所注重追求的事,没有很高的属灵价值。在恩赐上长进,真理的知识丰富,和灵命的成熟实在是两回事。有恩赐有知识的人,并不一定属灵。灵命成熟、更像基督的人,才是真属灵。整个问题关键在此。这些人已领受了生命的恩赐,在走道路、顺服主、信靠上帝的事上,该有经历可指引别人的了,但到现在还是不懂。他们在基督里仍是婴孩,被生命较低的层次所控制。他们的思想被肉体的、物质的、世俗的事物所控制。

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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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