Are We Merely Human? Can We Have a Superhuman Spirituality?
Paul reprimands the church in Corinth for many things. One time he points out that they envy one another and argue a lot. There is jealousy and quarreling in their church. It happened then and it’s still happening now.
We want what others have. Although this often relates to money, possessions, or prestige, we can also envy the faith of others, their spiritual journey, and even their intimacy with God. Though it seems spiritual, it is just as wrong. Jealousy is jealousy, regardless of what we long for.
Next is their quarrels.We disagree and fight with words. It seems no church is immune to arguing, yet Paul decries this as wrong. Don’t do it.
Jealousy and quarreling are worldly traits. They are not godly, but worldly. By allowing these conditions to persist, we are mere humans.
By saying mere humans, Paul implies there is another way, a higher ground we can take. We don’t need to be merely human; we shouldn’t be merely human. Through Jesus and the power of his Holy Spirit we can rise above being mere humans; we can become more than human, superhuman, if you will: not superhuman in strength but superhuman in spirituality. As followers of Jesus, being merely human is who we were, but our future is a superhuman spirituality. Are we willing to pursue it?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.