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Can a true Christian be carnal? In answering this question, let's first define the term "carnal." The word "carnal" is translated from the Greek word sarkikos, which literally means "fleshly." This...
✿ Paul prevented from speaking to the Corinthians as unto spiritual people (1 Cor. 1-3) because they were still carnal, still babes in Christ meaning their inner-man (soul + spirit) is not grown. They are not mature enough to discuss spiritual things. ✿ Greek: sarkinos (G4560), is used to refer carnal meaning fleshly; natural; human (Rom. 7:14; 15:27; 1Cor. 3:1-4; 9:11; 2Cor. 10:4; Heb. 7:16). Here it means the full depravity of fallen man, sold as a slave and under the control of animal appetites and the forces of evil spirits. ✿ The term babes in Christ is used to describe the beginning stage of Christian living and that of living more in the natural than in the spiritual life. Bible teaches says it is a newborn Christian experience. Greek: teknia (G5040), infants; newborn (1 Jn 2:12 It is also used of Greek: nepios (G3516), an infant who cannot yet speak and who knows nothing of sin (the verb nepiazo (G3515) is translated "be ye children" in 1 Cor 14:20. Bible consider them as they are not grown at all. They are still unweaned babes (1 Cor 3:2; Pet. 2:2). Milk-feeding was a metaphor used by many writers, both sacred and profane, to express the first principles of religion and science. They applied sucking to learning; infant to every beginner; and meat to those who had learned the first principles of truth ✿ Greek: sarkinos (G4560), Rom. 7:14. Here it is the natural man acting in contrast to the spiritual man--living in the babyhood of Christian faith. Paul classes envying, strife, and divisions over preachers as carnality (1Cor. 3:3-4). It is perfectly natural and sinless carnality to have preference in preachers; but when it gets to the point of envying, strife, and division it becomes sinful carnality. All carnality is not sinful. It is only natural to have preferences, to eat food, to sleep, and do many other normal things which in their moderation do not break the law of God. They become sinful carnality when carried to the point of breaking the law of God (1Jn. 3:4). ✿ New believers are babies just born into the Kingdom of God. In our enthusiasm we must not push them into our perfection moulds. Neonatal deaths abound in Churches because of the impatience of pastors and preachers. People must be given time to grow. The only condition for water baptism is a sincere faith in the heart (Acts 8:36,37). Any addition is not Scriptural. There are no "seven" steps to salvation. There is only one! (Acts 16:30,31). See how God teaches us: "Line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little" (Isa 28:13). He treats us like those "just weaned from mother’s milk" (v 9). ✿ So much of fruit of evangelistic labour is lost because of insufficient follow-up. Everyone wants to be a planter like Paul, but very few opt to become a waterman like Apollos. Watering is to be done patiently and consistently (1 Cor 3:6; Js 5:6). The Bible is both "milk" and "meat." For beginners it is milk, and for the grown-ups and the mature it is meat (Heb 5:12-14). We cannot feed the meat to the babies because they cannot digest. Similarly the born again Christians cannot digest the in-depth sound doctrines. Chewing of meat takes longer time than drinking milk. As we grow in our Christian life, we must allot more and more time for Bible meditation.
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