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Natural vs. Spiritual

by | Mar 2, 2022 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for 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?

1 Corinthians 2:14-16, 3:1-3

Got Milk? I think that ad campaign may still be around.  Likewise, I write along these lines on a consistent basis, but the idea of spiritual maturity is worth revisiting as it appears in this passage from Paul. Like the writer of Hebrews (one of the reasons I lean toward Paul’s authorship of the book), Paul reminds the church in Corinth that their spiritual food has been only milk.

A mother’s milk is essential to the newborn and the baby, but most would agree that a teenager needs to be weaned, right? The doctrines of sin and salvation are essential, but can you mature based on this kind of diet? 

The Corinthian church was immature in many areas as a result of their diet and the condition of their lives reflected their condition.

For those of you who read these 250-300 words each day, I hope that you receive some thoughts that will push you (and me) to something deeper than a superficial relationship with Christ.


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