bite me, no love me, no bite me

October 4, 2014

light vs darkness

The label, “carnal Christian,” is based upon the rendering of our text in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 by the King James Version:

1 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? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, KJV, emphasis mine).

The King James’ rendering of “carnal” comes from the influence of the Latin Vulgate translation. The Latin word chosen to translate the Greek word, sarkinos, is equivalent to the English rendering, “carnal.” This is probably not the best rendering because of the nuances of the term, which the translators of the NASB changed to fleshly, and the NIV version to worldly. J. B. Phillips focuses on the contrast Paul makes with those who are spiritual and renders the term unspiritual.

In every walk of life there are labels, it is unavoidable, even in Christendom we label everything.

I like the way the J.B Phillips bible simplifies the argument, there are basically two kinds of Christians, spiritual minded and not spiritually minded. The one important thing to remember both are Christian.

If I have learned one thing as a pastor it is patience with people. We are all works in progress. We have our good days and bad. Go to an AA meeting and you will see a great practical reality, life is complicated and simple. We have good days and bad. The secret is not giving up.

Here’s to courage in the face of failure. Get Up!

God bless from

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