Carnality in Action
In His Presence: Proverbs 21:21
The apostle Paul had spent several years teaching and preaching at the church in Corinth. He was concerned because there was division among the members. “I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren . . . that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I of Apollos,’ and ‘I of Cephas,’ and ‘I of Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
The Corinthians had time to mature, but they were distracted and began to argue among themselves. Instead of growing, they were regressing. “You are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).
Have you ever said, “I’m only human”? That’s non-Christian talk—talking like “mere men.” Paul was saying that these Christians were acting like everyone else around them. And Corinth was known to be a wicked city. Paul was not complimenting these Christians. Instead of acting like the new man or woman they had become, they were rebellious believers.
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Behaving like “mere men” is an act of the will. Carnality is perpetuated by the will.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
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• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
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