1 Corinthians 3:1-4 “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 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 as mere men? For when one says, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollo’s, are you not carnal? I want to draw your attention to the fact that he said, they were behaving like mere men, or, in other words, they were behaving like ordinary human beings. Most people would think, well, what’s wrong with that? We are ordinary humans. Wrong! We are not ordinary humans, we were ordinary humans, but 2000 years ago, on the day of Pentecost, an entirely new race of people was born into the earth, ones who had God’s Divine nature on the inside of them.
I don’t know whether you realize it or not, but the church at Corinth operated in the gifts of the Spirit, probably more than any of the other churches at that time, yet Paul was telling them that he was unable to speak to them like they were spiritual, but instead he had to speak to them like they were babies. In other words, like they were carnal, mere men, or ordinary people. Would you like to know why he couldn’t speak to them as spiritual? The answer can be found in verse 4, “For when one says, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollo’s, are you not carnal? Paul was telling them that they were separating themselves to a particular doctrine, and unfortunately, we have the same exact thing going on today! The only difference is today we have some saying, “well I’m a Baptist,” others, “I’m a Pentecostal,” or whatever other denomination they may be. Please understand, I’m not trying to offend anyone or a particular denomination, what I’m trying to explain to you is, if we limit ourselves to a particular denomination’s doctrine, what we are basically saying, is we can’t receive anything outside of that doctrine. That’s exactly what Paul was telling these people in Corinth. How many of you out there know that God is not limited to a particular denomination’s doctrine?
Whether you realize it or not, every born again believer has a measure of faith and a measure of love, but unless the born again believer grows in grace and revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, he/she will remain unspiritual. We have to come to a realization that we don’t know anything. I know without a doubt that I know nothing. I only know by the grace of God, what He shows me, and teaches me; outside of that I know nothing. The realization that I don’t know the Bible is what keeps me open to receive and the same thing goes for all Christians. If we get to thinking we know it, then we become carnal. In order to receive revelation knowledge we have to come to a place in our lives where we say, “Lord, I’m open, you teach me!” God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us and the Holy Spirit will teach us and bring us into spiritual truths and spiritual realities, as we grow in grace and revelation knowledge. Then, and only then, do we step out of the realm of the carnal mind into the realm of the spiritual. God doesn’t desire for us to be just mere men. God desires for His Children to step on over into maturity and be spiritually minded, so that we can receive all that He has for us.