1 Corinthians 3

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And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 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; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

– 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

The word “carnal” is typically thought to speak of the carnalities of alcohol abuse or immorality of some sort. But the carnality Paul speaks of here is that of envy, strife and divisions within the body. Sadly this carnality is (too) often seen in those within the church who we’d expect to be more “spiritual.” One of the challenges we face as live a bit longer as Christians is that we begin to realize that, sometimes, even those we look up to in the faith as “spiritual” evidence a lot more of these “carnal” characteristics.

Sadly, over the last 10 months I’ve witnessed more of this carnality in some of those I once looked up to than I ever thought I would. As I have I’ve been grateful for the words of a long since departed pastor I (still) look up to.

“The best of men … are men at best”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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