II Corinthians 33::11–99
People print all sorts of things on T-shirts, from obscenities to affirmations of faith. If T-shirts had been popular in Paul’s time, he would have had a shirt pre-pared for members of the church at Corinth. Their shirts would have said some-thing like, “Christian Under Construction.” These Corinthians were not yet what God wanted them to be.
Paul says he cannot speak to them as spiritual people. He must speak to them as spiritual babes – immature, and therefore not capable of receiving the wis-dom of God. This flies in the face of their own self-assessment as wise people. (Rather than smart, Paul saw them as smartalecs.)
Like the Christians at Corinth, we too are Christians under construction. We argue with each other about petty things inside the Church and outside. Paul’s way of dealing with this is to say he cannot speak to them as spiritual people because they don’t act like spiritual people. They act like infants and so Paul has to communicate with them as immature people.
It is good to know that we are in the process of becoming what God wants us to be. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, referred to this con-dition as “going on to perfection.” This concept became one of the important aspects of Wesley’s explanation of the Christian faith.
Are you a work in progress? T- shirts are available in all sizes.
ll Corinthians 33::11–99
Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages ac-cording to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Permission to use given by The Rev. Dr. Craven E. Williams
Submitted by Pastor P.