The Psychological Christian


The Bible informs us that there are three types of people in this world.

The carnal man (Greek; Sarkikos; the man of the flesh, or the fleshly man)

The natural man (Greek: Psychikos; the man of the soul, or the psychological man)

The spiritual man (Greek: Pneumatikos; the man of the wind, or the spiritual man)

Through “our accomplished position in Christ” we are ‘spiritual people”.

It is impossible for us to be carnal Christians since our sinful “fleshly” nature was crucified and has died off with Christ.

The “unsaved or unregenerate person” however, is a slave to sin and the flesh, and can be no more, and no less, than “carnal” in nature.

Where does this leave the “natural” or “soulish” man?  Who is this “natural man”?

 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.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) 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)

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

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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.

In verse nine of First Corinthians chapter two; the apostle Paul begins his discourse on the natural versus the spiritual person by addressing his audience as “which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Secondly, the “unsaved on unregenerate” man or woman cannot be a ‘man of the soul’ when he or she are still carnal .

The “natural man” then, is the class of Christian, which I described above.

He or she are believers who “walk after” or in “accordance to the flesh”.

They are natural, psychological, or “soulish” believers because they have opted to live their Christian lives independent of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The mind which is to be submitted to the Holy Spirit in his or her spirit is detached and functions out of itself; its own agendas and ideas.

Instead they conduct their Christian affairs in accordance to the voice of their intellect, will, and emotions, and are independent of the desires of the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) 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)

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

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

You can see the results of what happens to the natural believer, by studying the scriptural excerpt above.

Whether we engage in the blatant works of the flesh, or the subtle fleshly works of the natural Christian we very much still operate in the flesh.

Watchman Nee said, and I paraphrase him, that humanity wastes trillions and trillions of dollars to perfume and beautify our flesh.  The Lord Jesus, however, only had one verdict and sentence for the flesh, even in our most noble of Christian efforts.  He said that Jesus crucified and killed it. That is the only purpose for the flesh.

His verdict was that “nothing good dwells in our flesh.”

Romans 7:18  For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.

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