SHEEP IN THE WORD MINISTRIES Rev. Robert C. Lewis • Glendale Baptist Church • Houston, Texas quicknotes.org • 2007. CARNALITY AND CARNAL CHRISTIANS.
Problem:(1) inherent sin (the sin nature)Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Ephesians 2:3).(2) personal sins (mental, verbal, and overt)
• carnal Christians are true believers who unknowingly or knowingly persist in sin, are continually quenching the Holy Spirit, and have no fellowship with God
2 CORINTHIANS 12
• there were believers Jesus could not trust:Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men…(John 2:23–24).
• many believers were afraid to confess their belief in Jesus because they put man's approval above God's:Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God (John 12:42–43).
• a refusal to wash is to have no part (inheritance) with Christ (John 13:8):meros is a "part" in contrast to the whole,echein meros meta means "to share with; be a partner with,”meros is used in the LXX to translate heleq—the inheritance of a portion of land in Canaan (Numbers 18:20; Deuteronomy 12:12; 14:27)