By Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ…. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

With most Christians, I’m sorry to say, the inward man does not rule the outward man. Instead, the body rules the inward man – and that’s what makes carnal Christians. One translation of our text says “body-ruled” instead of “carnal.” And that’s what carnal Christians are, body-ruled.

“…Ye are yet carnal…and walk as men,” Paul told the Corinthians. In other words, they were living like people who had never been born again.

I like the Amplified Bible translation of verse 3: “… For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?”

Don’t do it! Refuse to live like mere men! Live like the new creature you are! Determine to let the new man in Christ dominate your being.

Confession: I refuse to walk as a mere man. I am changed. I am a new creature in Christ. I will grow up in Christ. I will grow up spiritually. “I” – the man on the inside – will dominate my being. I will walk as a spiritual man. I will behave myself after the standard of God’s Word. I will walk in love. I will walk in faith!

Copyright © Kenneth Hagin Ministries  – Used by Permission


  1. I refuse to walk , talk and think like a mere men.
    In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
    Amen and Amen in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

  2. Thank you all for reminding who I truly am and how I must live as a New Creature in Christ.

    God Bless Stella

  3. I love Jesus! Thanks Lord! This is the best thing that has ever happen to me. Hey body of Christ!! l love you all !! Be strong and very courageous!! We reign now in Christ!! We are one now!! Let’s finish what we have been given to finish!! Come Quickly Lord Jesus

  4. Thanks to papa hagin .
    How we need to remind ourselves who we are .new creatures in Christ …
    A lot of carnality has hindered the move of God

  5. Lord Jesus help me to live and be a spirit filled believer,destroy every form of carnallity and religion, in and around my life in Jesus name amen,thank you Lord

  6. I will walk as a spiritual man and live according to His standard because walking with God is the best decision anyone can make.
    God is Love.

  7. Glory be to God. We studied 1 Peter 1:23-24 that tells us we are born again…NOT organized mortal seed, but of the IMMORTAL SEED OF GOD that liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh (mere humans) are as the grass. The grass withereth and the flower fadeth, but the word of God liveth and abideth forever! We have His DNA now! No more natural inheritance, but a spiritual inheritance. Praise God!

    1. We are born of GOD…our substance is from the very core of HIM, and the WORD OF GOD IS GOD… John 1…so our DNA is THE WORD …that why we live by every word that proceeded from the mouth of GOD… if we eat, feed and live by THE WORD OF GOD we most definitely would walk in the spirit…. There is no growth for a believer who doesn’t eat THE WORD OF GOD so let’s eat by reading studying meditating on THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

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      Jeremiah – I totally agree. You might want to look at our Topic list under New Creation. God bless you. Rex

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