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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

What is a Spiritual Man?

What is a spiritual man? The last two weeks you have read the characteristics of the natural man. First, the spiritual man does not have the nature or the characteristics of the natural man. He is different! How is he different? Well, here are a few differences.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 5:22, 23)

The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. (1 Corinthians 2:15)

Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more…. But concerning love of the brethren you have no need to have any one write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brethren throughout Macedonia. But we exhort you, brethren, to do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1, 9, 10)

Which list describes you the best: the verses of the last two weeks or the scriptures above? If it is the verses of the last two weeks, then it is very simple. You are not a Christian; you are a natural man; you are on the road that leads to destruction. Am I judging you? No! I do not even know you. If you feel condemned, it is because of the word of God and your own character.

Why can’t you be in both lists? Perhaps you can, but you were not saved out of the works of the flesh in order to remain in them. Jesus Christ does a better job of saving people than that.

Reading assignment: the last four chapters of each of the four gospels.

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