Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1 Cor 2-3 Pt. 2

The Good, The Spiritual Man 1 Corinthians 2:15-16

1 Corinthians 2:15
But he that is spiritual 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.

The Spiritual Man

Now Paul instructs the Corinthian church about the Spiritual man  and he tells them that the spiritual man judges all things.

The word judge is from the Greek word anakrino, it means to examine, investigate, question.

The Spiritual man is a discerner of all things, he investigates and examines in order to find the true value, the things that count, the things that last.

The Spiritual man is judged by no one who is still in a natural state because the natural man is unable to judge that which he cannot understand.

Paul is telling this certainly because it is true, but in the case of the Corinthian church with all its divisions, pride and sin, he is exhorting them to understand that because they are spiritual now, they need to quit acting like and judging like they are still naturals.

Instead of saying Act like a man, he is saying act like a spiritual man. Like we tell our young sons, “Put on your big boy pants.” Parents have a saying for girls as well but I’m uncomfortable talking about women’s undergarments in the pulpit. Call me old fashioned.

Paul is trying to get the Corinthian church to understand who they are and who they should think and act as those who are saved and have the spirit of God. 

In the diagram Jesus on the throne of my life, kept there by my following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Second Spiritual State: Spiritually Saved

We should heed the same exhortation. Know who we are, think like we should and act like those who are led by the Holy Spirit.

We know that we are Spiritual People because

We have through repentance and faith accepted Jesus Christ as our savior. 

 Romans 2:3-4 3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 Romans 10:9-13 9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

We think like Spiritual people by following the Leadership of the Holy Spirit through God's Word.

John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

 And we act like Spiritual People when we do what the Holy Spirit and God’s Word instructs us to do.

Galatians 5:18  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Quote: Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless. – Charles Spurgeon

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