1 Cor 3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
We are not merely natural people as we face challenges in our circumstances or in or relationships.
In 1 Cor. 3:1-4 the Apostle Paul talks about being carnal which is most often viewed as being sinful or yielding to our fleshly nature. Carnal can mean being natural or acting only as a natural human being or refer to natural things. Paul used it this way when referring to reaping the natural things (money) from the saints at Macedonia and Achaia who had received spiritual things from the saints at Jerusalem (Rm. 15:27). The New American Standard Bible translates verse three and four as, “3 … For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like MERE MEN? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not MERE MEN?” The answer is, no, we are not merely natural beings but also spiritual beings (2 Cor. 5:17) and supernatural beings (Acts 1:8. First Thessalonians 5:23 tells us that we are spirit, soul, and body. We’ve been born of God’s Spirit (Jn. 3:6; 1:13) and have spiritual resources at our disposal to face challenges in our circumstances or in or relationships the world does not have.
A. WE HAVE FAITH Rm. 12:3
When we face obstacles, problems, and adverse circumstances we can fight with using our faith. Faith is a fight to believe what God says against what we can see and feel (1 Tim. 6:12). Yes, faith is a fight but it is also the victory (1 John 5:4).
1. It works by saying Mk. 11:23
2. It works by praying Mk. 11:24
B. WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT Job 36:4
We may be facing something beyond our knowledge but He that is perfect in knowledge is with us and in us.
1. John 14:16, 26 He will comfort (soothe) us; teach us; bring things to our remembrance
2. John 16:13 He will guide us into the truth we need.
C. WE HAVE INTERCESSION Ezekiel 22:30; 1 Tim. 2:1-4
In human relationships when someone’s will is involved and seeming to go against God’s will we are not at a loss as to not have any recourse. We can intercede.
1. We can stand in the gap. A gap exists when
a. Good things God wills to happen are not happening
b. Bad things that are not God’s will are happening
c. Man’s will is in opposition to God’s will
2. The Holy Spirit helps us with His intercession Rm. 8:26, 27