CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 54

KEY SCRIPTURE:

1 Corinthians 3:3 ” For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”

 Apostle Paul described the brethren in Corinth as carnal or fleshly Christians.  These people were born again, but they were controlled by their senses and not the power of the divine life. There is a divine life in every child of God, and this divine life leads the Christian when he or she is controlled by God’s word.

     A Christian is not a mere man. He is not a natural or ordinary human. He is a supernatural person. Christianity is not just observing certain doctrines, but a manifestation of the supernatural life of God in a man. The Christian is a son of God according to John 1:12 ” But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become sons of God, even to them that believed on his name.” If you have believed on the name of Jesus you are a son of God. What does it mean to be a son of God? In John 10:29-33 after Jesus had said, God was his father or the Son of God, the Jews took up stones to stone him. This was what they said in John 10:33″ The Jews answered him saying, for a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, maketh thyself God.” The Lord said he was the Son of God and the Jews also understood that by calling himself the Son of God, He is making himself God.

As sons of God we are not ordinary mortals. We are one with God who gave birth to us by His word. 1st Peter 1:23 ” Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. ” You have been born by the word of God, and so you are a divine person and must live by the word of God, and that is the only thing that must control you. You must not live to strive with one another over men of God or any carnal thing. 1 Corinthians 3:21 “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours”;

    It is very miserable for a Christian to live like other humans. When the Christian lives by what he feels, sees, thinks, tastes or hears he cannot be controlled by the divine life. If the Christian accepts that he is a sinner, helpless at the power of demons, and that, the devils can easily inflict sicknesses on him, then he has chosen to live an ordinary human life. 

Romans 8:9 says ” but ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. ” You are not in the flesh and must not be controlled by the flesh. You are in the Spirit and must be controlled by the word. The word says you are the righteousness of God. Accept it and live like one. You are the healed of the Lord, and stop calling some sicknesses your sickness. Jesus took all those sicknesses in his passion. Agree with the word and accept that you are healed. THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN IS WHAT OUR LORD JESUS LED AND SHOWED TO US.

 CONFESSION

Thank you, heavenly father, that you gave birth to me by your infallible word. I have your life in me, and it has made me a partaker of the divine nature. I live a higher life, manifesting holiness, wisdom, peace and dominion in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

Romans 8:7-8” Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So, then they that are in the flesh cannot please God”.

2 Peter 1:4 ” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”

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