February 15, 2018

1 Corinthians 2:14–16 (NLT) — 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Paul is describing two different people in these verses; the natural person > those without the Spirit of Jesus, and the spiritual person > those with the Spirit of Jesus.

The natural person naturally gets upset when things don’t go her way. She just naturally holds grudges and refuses to forgive. She just naturally blames God when disasters happen. She naturally goes along with gay marriage and a mother’s right to choose what she does with that blob of tissue inside of her. She just naturally doesn’t include God in really any part of her life. The concept of sin is foreign to her and she is hoping that her good works out weigh the bad. If there is a heaven she will go there because basically she is a good person. Her world revolves for the most part around her.

The spiritual person has an entirely different outlook on life than the natural person. God is first and foremost in her life and everything she does comes out of her relationship with God. Her life is pretty much just the opposite of the natural person.

In verse 15 all things means a persons life before Christ and after Christ. The Christian has lived in both worlds so he can speak, because of experience, of what goes on in a holy world. He can speak of the effects of living apart from God. He can also speak of life with God, what it is to experience grace, holiness, the forgiveness of sins, justification, redemption etc. The unspiritual man cannot speak of life with God. The Christian can evaluate the non Christian lifestyle but the non Christian can’t evaluate the Christian lifestyle because he doesn’t understand the life of faith. He doesn’t understand why we read our bibles or why we go to a bible study or why we go to church on Sunday to worship. He certainly doesn’t understand why we tithe. It is all foreign to the unbeliever or the natural person.

Yes we do have the mind of Christ. We have the scriptures which certainly let us know what is on Christ’s mind. And we have the Holy Spirit who will put the thoughts of Christ in our minds. Because of this we don’t make natural decisions, we make spiritual decisions. We won’t always be understood or accepted by those who are natural people. So don’t be surprised if you are not always accepted and don’t be baffled at all the foolishness that goes on in our world. They are just natural people doing what comes natural to them. So our part is to pray that they become spiritual people filled with the Spirit of Jesus.

Natural may be good when it comes to food but not when is comes to people. Thank the Lord that He came so that we wouldn’t remain Natural.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Yes, thank you Lord! I rejoice that I’m filled with the preservative of your Holy Spirit:)

  2. Yes – we have the mind of Christ!