God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 3

May 30, 2012

 
 

Beginning with the fourteenth verse of chapter 2, Paul separated people into three classifications. The natural man, the spiritual man, and the carnal.  He spoke of the natural man, who is not a Christian. And concerning him, he said, "He cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them for they are spiritually discerned." So the natural man in darkness, not able to see, not able to know the things of God.  Our prayers for the natural man are that God would open their eyes to the truth, that God would deliver them from that power of Satan by which they are held, that blindness that Satan has brought over their minds concerning God, and that they might be freed and receive Jesus Christ.

In contrast to the natural man, you have the spiritual man. And Paul says, "But he that is spiritual understands or discerns all things though he is not understood by men. For who hath known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him, but we have the mind of Christ" I Corinthians โครินธ์ 2:15-16.

So the spiritual man is a man whose mind is now controlled by the Spirit. We have the mind of Christ.  Now as we get into chapter 3, Paul introduces us to a third classification, the carnal Christian. He's talking to those in the church in Corinth, those who are born again. And yet, they are not spiritual.  A carnal Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, but does not yet have victory over the flesh. He does believe, he has received Jesus as his Savior, but the flesh is still ruling over him. And he needs deliverance from that power of the flesh that has a hold on his life. So Paul describes this as the conditions of those in Corinth.

There were divisions in church in Corinth that we spoke about in the first chapter.  You will remember that some people were following after Paul, some Apollos, some Peter and some claimed to be following Christ.  A Christian matures by allowing the Spirit to teach him and direct him by feeding on the Word of God. The immature Christian lives for the things of the flesh and has little interest in the things of the Spirit. Of course, some believers are immature because they have been saved only a short time, but that is not what Paul is discussing here.  These people in Corinth had been Christians now for some years and so they should have been mature.

1But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

1พี่น้องทั้งหลาย   ข้าพเจ้าไม่อาจจะพูดกับท่าน   เหมือนพูดกับผู้ที่อยู่ฝ่ายวิญญาณแล้วได้   แต่ต้องพูดกับท่านเหมือนคนที่อยู่ฝ่ายเนื้อหนัง   เหมือนกับท่านเป็นทารกในพระคริสต์

2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,

2ข้าพเจ้าเลี้ยงท่านด้วยน้ำนม มิใช่ด้วยอาหารแข็ง เพราะว่าเมื่อก่อนนั้นท่านยังไม่สามารถรับ   และถึงแม้เดี๋ยวนี้ท่านก็ยังไม่สามารถ

3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

3ด้วยว่าท่านยังอยู่ฝ่ายเนื้อหนัง   เพราะว่าเมื่อยังอิจฉากัน   และขัดเคืองใจกัน   ท่านไม่ได้อยู่ฝ่ายเนื้อหนังหรือ   และไม่ได้ประพฤติตามมนุษย์สามัญดอกหรือ

4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

4เพราะเมื่อคนหนึ่งกล่าวว่า   “ข้าพเจ้าเป็นศิษย์ของเปาโล”   และอีกคนหนึ่งกล่าวว่า   “ข้าพเจ้าเป็นศิษย์ของอปอลโล”   ท่านทั้งหลายมิได้เป็นเพียงมนุษย์สามัญหรือ  For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html