1 Corinthians 3:1-9
In ch. 1-2, Paul has laid out his foundational doctrinal statement for the epistle; that is, Christ as Savior is exalted over the men who proclaim the gospel message. And Paul will further explain that statement in our text this morning. But now in ch. 3, Paul bluntly deals with the spiritual problems of the Corinthians; they were carnal and spiritually immature.
The carnal Christian may possess the firstfruits of faith, but lacks the mature fruit and graces of the spirit which characterize the mature Christian. The mature Christian has both a deeper understanding of spiritual truth, and regular patterns of behavior that reveal their deeper grasp of spiritual truth.