1 Corinthians 3:3
In his letter to the Corinthians Paul teaches that there are two types of believers. One he calls spiritual Christians, and the other carnal, or fleshly Christians. Both have been given freedom through Jesus Christ. Yet it is only the spiritual Christian who exercises this freedom by walking in obedience to God. The spiritual Christian knows the flesh produces nothing good, and submits to the work of the Holy Spirit in order to spiritually grow. Sadly, the carnal Christian is still stuck in bondage, a slave to the flesh. A carnal Christian survives on mere “spiritual milk” instead of the soul filling, meaty Word of God. They are anchored to their worldly ways, never maturing in faith. God never wants to see us so easily set aside the freedom that cost Him so much. So out of hearts of thankfulness, may we each strive to grow in both grace and knowledge of the Lord. And may our walk with Him never be at a stand still or a step backward.