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Summary: 5 of 10. Paul reveals the traits of unspiritual men. Unspiritual men are unable to exist in harmony. But Why? Because...No mere men can Overcome...

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NO MERE MEN-V—1Corinthians 3:1-9

Attention:

I weed-eat the empty lot beside the pastorium. Its a ‘bear’ to get it all done in one day. In fact, it could never be completed in one day if it were not for the weed-eater itself. A tool before which tall weeds cower & which strikes fear into the heart of ground-hugging weeds! By the power of the weed-eater our weeds are knocked down to a manageable/controllable size. I could never get the job done by hand, by uprooting every plant or even tearing the top off of each one. I need something more(strength, speed, precision, energy, etc.) than I am humanly capable of.

When it comes down to it, without tools, Mere Men’s abilities are severely limited, accomplishing only a very small amount of the work they desire.

All mankind realizes that their world is in need of a savior. Realizing that No Mere Men can accomplish the world’s greatest need…dealing with sin.

Paul reveals the traits of unspiritual men.

Unspiritual men are unable to exist in harmony.

Why are the unspiritual unable to live in harmony?

Because...No mere men can Overcome...

And as we have discovered previously—No mere men can Overcome...

1. IMMATURITY(:1)

2. DIET(:2-3a)Sustenance

3. ENVY(:3bi)

4. STRIFE(:3bii)

5. DIVISIVENESS(:3biii)

6. BEHAVIORS(:3b)

7. MINISTRY(:4-5)

8—No mere men can Overcome

SIGNIFICANCE(:6-7)

Explanation:(:6-7)Teamwork/Insignificantly significant

:6—“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

It is easy for individual members of a team to err in considering themselves individually as the ‘main attraction.’ One is decidedly gifted & ‘better at’ “planting” while the other is gifted & ‘better at’ “watering.”

But then carnal/babes in Christ(sinning sinners)(:1) tend to compare apples with oranges rather than apples to apples. Thus differentiating the two not in terms of fulfillment/complementation(?Dr. Seuss word?) of a team but in terms of ‘comparison’ within the team, thus destroying the ultimate potential of the team.

“Planted”(See :7)—futeuw—1) To plant. Strong—from a derivative of fuw[probably originally, to "puff" or blow, i.e. to swell up; but only used in the implied sense, to germinate or grow (sprout, produce), literally or figuratively]; To set out in the earth, i.e. Implant; figuratively--To instill doctrine. Used 11X.

“Watered”(See :2—“Fed/Gave”; :7)—potizw—1) To give to drink, to furnish drink; 2) To water, irrigate (plants, fields etc.); 3) metaph. To imbue, saturate one's mind. Strong—from a derivative of the alternate of pinw[to imbibe (literally or figuratively)]; To furnish drink, irrigate.

“Gave the Increase”(See :7)—auxanw—1) To cause to grow, augment; 2) To increase, become greater; 3) To grow, increase. Strong—a prolonged form of a primary verb; To grow("wax"), i.e. Enlarge(literal or figurative, active or passive).


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