Carnal Knowledge

All knowledge, including biblical knowledge is, for all intents and purposes, useless to us without possessing the wisdom to put that knowledge into action in our lives.  One can study how to drive an automobile, for example, and the information they have is useless if they never get into a car and actually drive it.

Of what real value then is knowledge of scriptures if one never puts it to use?  How many Christian believers have you known in your lives who can quote scriptures chapter and verse  who have never put what they know to actual use?  That is to produce good biblical fruit.

I’m not talking about obeying the law or doing charitable works simply “because the bible says so”.  I’m talking about taking knowledge of the Word of God, mixing it with wisdom from God and applying both to the will of God for your life.  Even more so that we do these things not in a spirit of legalism rather out of a sincere desire to please our Father and walk within His will for our lives.


Knowledge is Seed
The human mind is the gateway to the field where seed is planted and the heart is that field. 

(2Co 10:5) Casting down imaginations (logismos – computation, reasoning) and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

All of this takes place in the mind!  The first step is to take every thought, which lines up with the teachings of Jesus, captive.  We take hold of this seed because it is good seed and we discard the rest.  Then the seeds which we keep get transferred “fall” onto our hearts.

(Mat 13:3)  And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

The Word of God is the sower.

(Mat 13:4)  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

(Mat 13:19)  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

You see the seed is not sown in the mind it is sown in the heart.  It first enters into the gates of our senses, then passes into our minds and then is planted into the field of our hearts.

(Mat 13:5)  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

(Mat 13:6)  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

(Mat 13:20)  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon (euthus - straightway, immediately, forthwith) with joy receiveth it;

(Mat 13:21)  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended (skandalizō – to “scandalize”; to entrap, that is, trip up: figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):

This is a double minded person.  He/She receives the word immediately, with joy, endures for a while, and is then tripped up by tribulation (thlipsis – pressure) because they did not understand the word they were given.  This pressure can come from many places not the least of which is a false doctrine (a doctrine of man) and brought to bear on the person who received right knowledge.  This misunderstanding is a snare of the enemy which becomes a stumbling block of offense.  It is the same tactic used on Eve in the garden.

(Mat 13:7)  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

(Mat 13:22)  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care (merimna - solicitude; from the word merizō – to part, that is, (literally) to apportion) of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

(Rom 1:28)  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

This is a carnally minded person who heard the word but cared more for worldly knowledge and the world choked out the good seed of knowledge.  This person did not receive the word with joy he or she rejected it.  He or she heard the word and chose the ways of the world over what they had heard and became unfruitful (that is to say that they produced no good fruit – fruit of the Spirit).

 (Mat 13:8)  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

(Mat 13:23)  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Notice in these examples of the condition of the heart that the seed first “fell” and then was “received”.  What ever falls from our mind into our heart is that which we held on to (the thoughts we took captive be they good or evil) and chose to receive (in our hearts).  The condition of our heart determines if the good seed lives or dies and subsequently weather it produces fruit or not.

Carnal Knowledge is that seed which we take captive and accept in our minds, which is opposed to God, His ways and or His Word, which then falls into the heart, where it takes root, grows and manifests itself in the words which we speak and the things that we do, which due to the nature of the seed is at enmity against God.

(Rom 8:7)  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The Carnal mind is a part of the old nature which was at enmity against God.

(1Co 3:1)  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

(1Co 3:2)  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

(1Co 3:3)  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The apostle Paul clearly illustrates the fruits of the carnal mind which had yet to be transformed by the washing of the Word of God.  Where there is envy, strife and divisions, to name a few, we are walking as carnal men and women.  This is a carnal mind filled with carnal knowledge which has yet to be renewed (transformed).

The carnally minded are not walking as Spiritual beings who bring forth the good spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Gal 5:22).

Some even bear false fruit or what I like to call wax fruit.

(Luk 11:39)  And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

(Luk 11:40)  Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

(Luk 11:41)  But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

(Luk 11:42)  But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

(Luk 11:43)  Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

(Luk 11:44)  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

The Pharisees were clearly carnally minded.  Some of them clearly knew it and some of them were truly unawares.  Some were given over to a reprobate mind because of their wickedness and others were snared by the teaching of false doctrine and believed they knew the truth.


Being Spiritually Minded

The spiritually minded person is one who relies on the wisdom of God above the wisdom of men.  He or she stands on the spirit of word of God and not on the letter (ink and parchment).  He or she depends on their spirits to be able to identify the voice of God when He is speaking through man (logos -  the word of God which is preached or written by a prophet of God) or to us directly. (rhema – that small still voice within us).

(1Co 2:9)  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

(1Co 2:10)  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

(1Co 2:11)  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

(1Co 2:12)  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

(1Co 2:13)  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

(1Co 2:14)  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

One can not use logic to understand the things of God.  One can not use the wisdom of man and the wisdom of God to understand the things of God.  One can not use his or her own understanding to know the things of God.

These people are carnally minded and have carnal knowledge!
The things of God are foolishness to the carnal mind.

The spiritual  man or woman spiritually discerns the things of God.  The spiritual person has faith in the word of God especially when it defies logic and our natural understanding.  The spiritual person receives the word of God in their mind, allows it to be planted and take root in their hearts, and then asks the Father for the wisdom to apply it in their lives.  When they do they produce the fruits of the Spirit and are walking within the general will of the Father.


In Closing

It is critically important for the Christian believer to be able to distinguish between carnal spiritual knowledge especially in these last days of the church on earth.  Jesus continuously warns us about false prophets and the falling away from true doctrine.

The Apostle Paul writes:

(2Ti 3:1)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

(2Ti 3:2)  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

(2Ti 3:3)  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

(2Ti 3:4)  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

(2Ti 3:5)  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Contrary to what you may have been taught this passage is not speaking about non-believers.  They are false teachers, Pharisees if you will.  They are or were people within the faith but they are being called “traitors”(3:4) to the faith by Paul. (one can not be a traitor if they had never believed or belonged to something).

This is a letter to Timothy instructing him on how to deal with the brethren.

(2Ti 2:1)  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

(2Ti 2:2)  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

These are men of faith not unbelievers.

Weather deception is intentional or unintentional they both manifest the same thing.  False Doctrine and Fruitlessness!

That is why God set up this system of knowledge, wisdom and transformation as He did.  The word of God tells us what seed is good and what seed is bad.  We capture the good seed and allow it to be planted, take root, grow and produce good spiritual fruit.

All of this is confirmed by spiritual discernment given to us by the Holy Spirit of God within us.  When we rely and operate in this biblical truth we will never be misled by carnal knowledge, wisdom or our own understanding.

Through Faith in The Word of God
and not through carnal knowledge We Believe:

  • All good things come from God.
  • Jesus is the way the truth and the life.
  • The Holy Spirit Teaches us ALL THINGS and leads onto ALL TRUTH.
  • Through Spiritual Discernment we can rightly judge ALL THINGS.
  • Through God’s wisdom alone can we rightly understand and apply holy scriptures.

And through all of these things we can walk within the will of God corporately and individually.  Through this we become spiritually minded and enter into a life of peace in oneness with God.  Amen!

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