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Wednesday | 18 January 2017
The apostle Paul warned the Corinthians that if we eat and drink the communion in an unworthy manner, then we will eat and drink judgement to ourselves. Those who are carnal cannot eat and drink worthily, since they have set their minds on fleshly judgement and disaffection. Many become weak and sick as they partake of the body and blood, because they are under judgement at the communion. However, the same judgement can be a teacher, teaching discipline so that we can be born of God to become spiritual. This means, being properly sanctified and aligned to our name. The carnal person can find repentance through the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ, in order to cease from sin. If they do this, they will not be judged with the world, but will, nevertheless, receive a limited reward. There is no eternal reward for dead works that are based on religious ambition and projection.
However, if a person continues to respond carnally to judgement, they will corrupt even further. This highlights for us a third kind of ‘Christian’. While they may call themselves a ‘Christian’, they are in truth a messenger of Satan. Their response to the same judgement produces hostility and wickedness. The law of their mind and the other law, colluding with the law of sin fathered in them by Satan, has now become lawless. They claim the right to interpret Scripture against the two other groups – those who are carnal and those who are spiritual. Their spiritual sight has ceased to be regenerated. They no longer perceive the difference between carnal and spiritual Christians, becoming enemies of both.
No longer seeking the law of God, they are now the judges of it. They have become cynical and unbelieving about the integrity of Christ being in the flesh of their brethren. They are, therefore, of the spirit of antichrist and, as such, are part of the messenger of Satan that buffets the presbytery.
1 Corinthians 11
Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, (7) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, (8) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; (3) and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, (19) whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, (25) with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.