“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
“Natural”, of, or belonging to “breath”, this being a common characteristic between man and beast. Breath is not a reference to the breath of life, the animating spirit nor is it the, “vital force” or spiritual essence of God.
The natural man can also be described as the man of, “sensuous nature with its subjection to appetite and passion”.
The natural man is alive, coherent and cognizant but not principled. Love is not the motivating force for him but rather lust, need and desire are.
The “Spirit of God” is the essence of God. It is the vital force of humanity and God’s creation. The Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter, the third part of the Holy Trinity. It is this spirit, this “breath” that animates our spirit. It brings to life and consciousness all things supernatural in terms of reality, discernment, discretion and power. The Spirit of God is given by God and willingly received by man if man so chooses. It enables the union and communication between natural and supernatural.
Physical cannot comprehend spiritual. Natural cannot comprehend supernatural. The unregenerate man, the natural man, considers God and things of the spirit, “foolishness”. He sees God and children of God as rash, imprudent, thoughtless and often times dumb.
The most impious of natural men live in self righteousness but not self denial.
The natural man has his world well scoped and mapped out. Unfortunately for his sake the natural man never understands the limitlessness of the spirit. The natural man has a universe with self in the center. The spirit redirects that attention in the opposite direction.
To the natural man all things spiritual including discernment and actualization are a coat of many colors that adjusts to the wearer. This is consistent with his “self centered” belief and his notion of capacity to understand all things.
Man attempts to know God. But this will be a limited endeavor because the natural man has no Spirit of God as a motivating force and discerning guide. What the natural man does not “know”, he will discount, invalidate or at best determine inconclusive until more “knowledge” is acquired.
The natural man is frustrated by what he does not or can not understand. Therefore the spirit filled and discerning man of God will always cause the natural man pain, anger and discontentment.
The Spirit filled man cannot fill the natural man with the Spirit. Only the Holy Ghost motivated by God can move upon someone to open their eyes. But, the Spirit filled man can be the apostle, the messenger of glad tidings and the good news of Jesus Christ. Preaching the gospels of Christ opens up the avenue for the fellowship and communion of body and spirit. The spirit compels the man of God to “breath” the very existence of the “breath of life” unto all.
Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).
How shall the natural man believe in whom they have not heard? How shall he hear without a preacher? We are to be that preacher in spirit and in truth in the hopes to save the natural man from the supernatural death he awaits.
Life, eternal and abundantly is what we preach!
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