Immaturity and Division in the Church
I Corinthians 3:1 and 2: These believers are called carnal and babes in Christ. They were fleshly and spiritually immature. This was the case despite the fact that they were called saints (I Corinthians 1:2). As immature believers, they could not be taught the deeper truths of God’s Word. This immaturity was the result of Biblical illiteracy. To grow, believers must have a desire for the Word (I Peter 2:2 and 3 and Acts 17:1-14). God’s Word does not produce fruit where it is not prized (Psalm 119:103).
I Corinthians 3:3-9: The Corinthians were primarily divided over their identification with a specific teacher.(Sadly, this is the case too often today, as well.) All teachers are servants of Christ. They teach God’s Word,not their own. The work of the Lord is the work of the Lord, not the work of the Pastor. Sound Bible teachers are “laborers together with God” (verse #4). A Pastor Teacher should ground us in the Word (Ephesians 4:10-15). The teacher of God’s Word is not to be lifted up or blindly followed (I Peter 5:1-3 and I Corinthians 4:1 and 2). A faithful teacher must maintain a sense of humility (I Corinthians 1:26-29). As believers, we worship God, not men (Acts 14:6-15). Identifying ourselves with a specific man, rather than a specific message is sinful (I Corinthians 1:31).