Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4
Paul begins this chapter by telling the Corinthians that there are two levels of Christian living. Some believers are carnal, some are spiritual. By the discernment of the Holy Spirit, Paul saw that the Corinthians were carnal, and he wanted to tell them so. You will find the word carnal four times in these four verses. Paul felt that all his preaching would be useless if he talked about spiritual things to men who were unspiritual. They were believers, real Christians, babes in Christ; but there was one deadly fault—they were carnal.
Paul had started his ministry in Corinth and begun the church there in A.D. 50. He wrote this letter from Ephesus in A.D. 56. Paul says by this time you should be a young man, but you are still a babe in Christ. Is there anything more delightful than a six-month-old child? But suppose I saw the same child six months later and he was not a bit bigger. The parents would say, “We are afraid there is something the matter; the child isn’t growing.” If after three years I saw that the baby was still no bigger the parents would tell me, “The doctor says he has a terrible disease and cannot grow. He says it’s a wonder he’s alive.”
Babyhood at the proper time is the most beautiful thing in the world, but babyhood continued too long is a burden and a sorrow, a sign of disease or disorder. And that was the state of many of the Corinthian believers. Now, what are the marks of a baby? A baby cannot help itself, and cannot help others.
That is the life of many believers. They make their pastors into spiritual nursemaids. It is a serious matter when spiritual babies keep their pastor continuously occupied in nursing and feeding them, and never help themselves.
- 1. They do not know how to feed on Christ’s Word; the pastor must feed them.
- 2. They do not know what contact with God is; the pastor must pray for them.
- 3. They do not know what it is to live as those who have God to help them; they always want to be nursed.