Presentation on theme: "C.A. Pg.366-2: As all Israel is NOT Israel, so all Christians are NOT Christians. Thus we learned that the church is made up of two vines, the true and."— Presentation transcript:
C.A. Pg.366-2: As all Israel is NOT Israel, so all Christians are NOT Christians. Thus we learned that the church is made up of two vines, the true and the false. The two vines are motivated by two kinds of spirits; one has the Holy Spirit while the other is endued with the spirit of antichrist. Both claim to know and be known of God. Both purport to speak for God. Both believe certain very basic truths and differ on others. But since both bear the name of the Lord, being called Christ-ians, and by such name-bearing obviously claim a relationship to Him (God calls it marriage), God now holds them both responsible to Him and therefore speaks to each.
Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. Joshua 7:11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
Carnal – sarkikos : fleshly, sensual, worldly, nonspiritual; relating to or given to the crude desires and appetites of the FLESH. One who walking "after the flesh," living according to the Adamic nature. It denotes, in an ethical sense, mere human nature, the lower side of man as apart from the Divine influence, & therefore estranged from God and prone to sin. When “carnal” is applied to Christians the lower nature of their being is dominant and not the higher. They manifest the feelings, desires, views of that which pertains to the flesh. They are yielding to the corrupt passions of flesh and unfortunately have little interest in the things of the Spirit. Failure to walk in complete deliverance from the power of sin, submitting themselves to the suggestions of the carnal nature.
1Cor.3:1-4 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 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. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 1Cor.1:2-3 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Envy: Intense negative feelings over another’s achievements or success. As members of one Body, we should be just as delighted when another member is honored. 1Cor.12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. If someone can sing, play, speak better -- can we rejoice? If we cannot enjoy to have somebody else preferred before us – we are yet carnal!
Strife: Engagement in rivalry, especially with reference to positions taken in a matter, discord, contention. All kinds or quarreling, rivalry in church. Divisions: Envy led to strife and strife eventually brought divisions. They contended till they separated from each other, and the Church of Christ was rent. They split up into parties, and were embittered. A Home can be divided and yet under one roof. Are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Carnality is also unbalanced attachment to ministries who nurture them. -- Followers of Paul, Peter, Apollos, etc. We’re also immature if we’ve unbridled allegiance to any human leader. Many also filled with attitude of spiritual superiority, which was another evidence of their immaturity and carnality. Enamored with spiritual gifts. “The mature uses gifts as tools to build with, the immature uses gifts as toys to play with or trophies to boast about.”
BABIES ARE…. Self-centered Dependent on others for all their needs Have a short attention span Go for things that glitter, and they have no sense of values Are illiterate and ignorant of much they need to know Their wants are predominant Ruled by their appetites and move fitfully from one thing to another. (Put everything in their mouth & eat about anything.) Unable to feed themselves, or to protect themselves, or to defend themselves
Cannot see beyond their own little world Enjoy being the center of attention and soon learn how to get their share of it No thought for the needs and concerns of others Demanding Get themselves in the most frightful messes and seem blissfully unaware of it Demand a great deal of care But, in time, we hope and pray they grow up to be responsible, reliable and dependable.