“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ” (I Corinthians 3:1)”
Today, the world is dividing Christians into two types. The first is one who is Christian just for namesake and the other being a spiritual Christian. Generally, the traditional churches do not give much importance to the Holy Spirit. But those in the spiritual churches get filled with the Holy Spirit, give much importance to speaking in tongue and raise their voice and say ‘Alleluia’. But even some among them do not lead a spiritual life.
God’s will is that every one of us should have fellowship with the Holy Spirit and lead a spiritual life. Matters like how many come to the church and how big the number of believers has swollen are not important. What matters is that how every believer is personally involved in prayer, how righteous he is and whether he follows the model Christ has defined.
Our forefathers who lived before Christ possessed all good qualities. They were not in receipt of Christ’s preaching. They were not aware of the love of Calvary. They were not filled with the Holy Spirit and did not speak in tongue. But they have fared so well in the limited light provided by Father. Their model is wonderful.
When Paul the Apostle writes to Corinthians he says “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 with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able” (I Corinthians 3:1, 2).
Getting Salvation is easy. Getting baptised is also easy. It is also easy to receive the Holy Spirit with thirst and eagerness. But your aim should be to grow in Christ’s preaching, get strengthened, achieving glory after glory during His coming and to get transformed. Spiritual people should not rely upon self but should be guided by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to dirt and lusts of the flesh. He will guide you towards the righteousness and the heaven.
God willing, we have planned to meditate how our forefathers lived a spiritual life. They will be good torchbearers for you.
To meditate: “For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” (I Corinthians 3:3).