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The Carnal Christian

Upon encountering the title of this article one’s first thought might seem negative about it, but with all who become “born again” there is a period of growth that involves learning in the Word of God about the “old man,” which is the sin nature first seen in Adam and Eve, then in the entirety of their progeny—mankind (Rom 5:12-19). Upon rebirth the soul becomes “spiritually minded,” due to the imparting of the Spirit of God and the new nature (new man); and the old man continues to become more obviously identifiable so that we can continue to be taught by it—through the contrast of it with the new man!

Thus, it’s our position in Christ that will mature our walk in Christ, as the carnality will be seen to progressively decrease, as our spirituality increases, thereby maturing from a carnal Christian to a spiritual Christian (1Co 3:1); which within the last few generations requires much time due to the multitude of errant Biblical doctrines, resulting (in my opinion) from the lack of fundamental spiritual-growth-centered teachings (and just not enough Word-time reading and studying).

Thus there now coexists two natures in the soul of the believer, the old man and the new man; and through these both God’s school of godliness is taught, by which those reborn will all “be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom 8:29), and thereby “grow up into Him in all things” (Eph 4:15).

All believers will pass through the “babe-in-Christ” stage (1Co 3:1), for though Christ is in you at rebirth, He is in not yet “formed in you” (Gal 4:19), that is, “unto a perfect man” (mature-in-Christ Eph 4:13), which concerns our “walk” or lifestyle. Redemption-wise believers are complete in Christ, which the lifestyle will manifest more all the time of what we already are in Christ.

As long as we are presently earthly bound we can never be completely free of carnality, which always remains to some degree or another, due to the indwelling of the old man; but this has no effect on our fully redemptive position in Christ, only on our growth in the strength of our faith. “Through faith,” grace came to us, and it is through the strengthening of our faith (only via the studying of Word of God by His Spirit) that we are able to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ” (2Pe 3:18).

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  • The more we grow in grace and knowledge of Christ the more we realize we need to grow more. He is so good to reveal our carnality a bit at a time so we can choose repentance and belief. 

    • Hi Sister Ann, and thanks for your reply and comments! Yes, the more we learn, the more we see, like "deep calleth unto deep" I believe you made a significant point, that God teaches us in a way that we can continue to learn more fully concerning our faith and all that we walk in; as we continue grow in all that we already are in the Lord Jesus.

      Concerning repentance, I see it that it and all we have in our redemption are things we always live by (walk in), and God progresively teaches us more about them all the time (which is pretty much what you've mentioned).

      Of course, it's through the difficulties (and more so the seemingly overwheming ones) that we learn the most and quickest, esp. when we know they are all orderd and orchestrated by Him, for our "good" (Rom 8:28). 

      "Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts: all Thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life" (Psa 42:7, 8).

       

      Chat ya latter and God's blessings to your Family, and God Be Blessed!!

       

      Psalm 42:7 (KJV)
      Psalm 42 - Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
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