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Aug 27, 2023

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul returns to the issue with which he began his letter, namely the dissension that had plagued the congregation.  Here Paul goes to the root of the problem.  The Corinthian Christians had not grown much in their communion with God.  Paul calls them "people of the flesh, infants in Christ" (1 Cor 3:1). 

They understood basic spiritual truths, but had not gone very deeply in their grasp of these things.  The evidence of their shallow communion with God was "jealously and strife" (1 Cor 3:3). 

In correcting this matter, Paul points the Corinthians to God and away from the earthly allegiances they had attached themselves to … their teachers, Paul and Apollos.  What was needed in this congregation was a deeper spiritual maturity.  This evidence of this would be the capacity to receive "solid food," which leads to a deeper understanding of God and His work in Christ. 

The Bible calls on Christians to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet 3:18).  There is a diligence necessary for such growth.  The disciplines of prayer and Bible study and daily confession of sins and meditation on God's truths are not simply good for us … they are crucial for our progress in our journey to the Celestial City.