By Dr. Mike Price

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, which was overcome by worldly influences. He said to them in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 [1]"And I, brethren,could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. [2]I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, [3]for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you,are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?"

Remember that the Corinthians had a pretty sordid back ground. The sins of their past were fornication, incest, idolatry, and all kinds of unrighteous behavior. Remember, these sins were washed away by baptism into Christ in chapter (6:11). Paul knew that they could not continue to survive the onslaught of Satan if they were only fed spiritual food for newborn Christians.

Paul begins in his first letter to feed them the spiritual food that was necessary for their spiritual survival. He wrote to them about how to run the race, labor as good stewards, flee fornication, and resist temptations. It was Paul who fed the Corinthians from their infancy. New converts rely on the teaching and guidance of more mature Christians. Therefore, we must not offend by our lifestyle and example when it comes to influencing those who have just named the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by confessing him in baptism (Acts 22:16).

Jesus said in, Luke 17:1-3 [3]"It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come! [2] "It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. [3]"Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him."

We as mature Christians are obligated and commanded to teach sound doctrine. In Titus 1: 9 Paul said, [9]"holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict."

We are also obligated and commanded to encourage them to grow to the point that they will teach others. Paul said in, 2 Timothy 2:2 [2]"The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." Let'sremember that we must cut up the food we feed new Christians in a simple way. With patience we must feed them the proper diet. As mature Christians we must continue to study God's word and practice it. By doing so we can feed new converts the meat of the word for their assured survival and their duplication of the same process for the benefit of others to come.

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