The Natural Versus The Spiritual Christian


As we tackle the issue of walking in the spirit, it is vitally important that we understand that there are three types of people, and two types of believers.

There is the carnal, (sarkikos or fleshly), the natural, (psychikos; or psychological man: the man of the soul, or psyche) and the spiritual. (Pneumatikos; or spiritual man: the man of the spirit, air, or breath)

Believers are either natural or spiritual.

God desires all of us to be “pneumatic Christians; discerning the breath of the Spirit of the living God.”  Unfortunately most of us function as natural people. Let us finish our study today by looking at the second chapter of first Corinthians.

1Cor 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.

10  But God hath revealed them( taking the lid off) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth(sounds out) all things, yea, the deep things of God.

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.

These verses explain that the only way for us to know instinctively and intuitively the things of God is through our spirit.

God only knows how many times, and sadly enough, we put wheels to God’s visions and plans upon the whims of our intellect and reasoning.

In the name of progressive Christianity, we have compromised the Word of God to assimilate it to cultural changes. The Bible must not adapt itself to the culture. If Christ is lifted up, He will draw all men and women unto Himself. We accept people and love them without sacrificing the Word of God.

Now wonder our churches are so weak!

14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth(to welcome with open rams) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision).

Psychikos or psuchikos is from the where the word psychological, or functioning from the soul or mind, comes from.

There is nothing wrong with our minds.

They are vital to have. God created the mind so that we can understand what the voice of the Holy Spirit tells us. Yet our minds are not to be an independent agent figuring things out for itself. It must be submitted to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Once our minds understand what the voice of the Holy Spirit tells it, it pulls our will along, to obey that voice.

15  But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

We have stopped short.

Many of us have made psychology the means, and the end of our Christian life. We understand with our minds, and plan with our intellects. The natural Christian will not welcome the things of the Spirit of God.  Jesus many times works through seemingly irrational means.  Our souls quite the opposite work logically and rationally.  God must heal and deliver our soul so that it can uncompromisingly submit itself to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Only the spiritual man can accurately inspect the plans of God.  Only can he sound them out and make decisions in line with the will of God.  God can only bless what comes from His Spirit.

Any work done outside of the Holy Spirit carries a transitory blessing at best!

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Ugunja Kenya Conference in 2010.

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