BABES IN CHRIST
“…many born-again Christians remain spiritual babes in attributes which should characterize strong men and women of God. Paul equated the term ‘babes in Christ’ with carnality, characterized by ‘envying, and strife, and divisions’ (1 Cor 3:1,3). Paul also speaks of those Christians as ‘children’ who are ‘tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine’ (Eph 4:14)” (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., Babes in Christ, Friday, March 26, 2010,https://www.icr.org/article/5209)
“…natural men may be the subject of many influences of the Spirit of God (as in Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 10:10; Hebrews 6:4-6), yet they are not spiritual persons…” Jonathan Edwards (ref#229, p90).
“I. A MAN MAY HAVE THE DIVINE SPIRIT WITH HIM, BUT NOT IN HIM….Every man has the Spirit with him.
- In the operations of nature.
- In the revelations of the Bible.
- In the events of history.
- In the lives of all good men.
- IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR A MAN TO HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITH HIM. We have one who is ready to
- Perfect us.”
(D. Thomas, The Spirit With You and In You,[John 14:16], (New York, NY: The Bible Illustrator, 1905-1909, https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/14-16.html)
It is the greatest privilege, though to have the SPIRIT of GOD in man. “…a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out” (Mark 1:7-8 MSG).
“…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord…” (Zech 4:6 ESV).