Scripture: Rom. 3:23; Gal. 5:17; Gal. 5:16, 22,23; I Cor. 3:11-16
We have a way of categorizing people, don’t we? Rich or poor, black or white, Christian or non-Christian. The Bible also classifies people into 2 divisions: Jew or Gentile. No matter where we may fall; it’s very clear that anyone may become a child of God (a member of the church of God) at the second birth.
Our study today is going to be concerned about another grouping. Every person is given their true rating (their standing or lack of standing with God). All of us fall into one of these groups.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
GOD SEES THREE MEN:
THE NATURAL MAN (before salvation)
>Rom, 3:23 (all are sinners) “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
>I Cor. 2:14 (strangers to the things of God; cannot understand spiritual things)
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
>Rom. 8:8 (cannot please God) “So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
THE CARNAL MAN (controlled by the flesh)
>Gal. 5:17 (He gives in to the flesh) “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit.”
>I Cor. 3:1-3
“I could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not meat…for you are carnal.”
Diet—fed with milk, not capable of meat
Conduct—retains traits of the natural man
THE SPIRITUAL MAN (controlled by the Spirit)
>I Cor. 3:16 Spirit of God “dwells in him.”
>Gal. 5:16 “Walks in the Spirit, not in the flesh”
>Gal. 5:22,23 Characterized by the fruit of the Spirit
>Eph. 4:22-27 Puts off the former manner of life
Paul speaks of the carnal man as an abnormality. He is born of the Spirit, but continues to be controlled by the flesh.
Notice how Jesus feels about people like this: Rev. 3:14-19 “I know your works, you are neither cold or hot…I will spue you out of my mouth.”
The final test will reveal the true nature of the life that has been lived:
I Cor. 3:11-15 “…If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.”
We (Christians) will be judged—not as sinners, but how we have lived our Christian life. I Cor. 3:16 ought to be our motivation to live a holy life.
“Know you not that you are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells I you?”
There is not a spot on earth more sacred than our bodies.
We were made for the glory of God.
What is your reaction to this truth?
(More on this next week). See you then!