Do you remember the post on the ‘Natural Man’?
God has been revealing some incredible things to me in the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians, or as they say in Selmer, ‘Carrinthians’. (Come on now, you know it’s true. Let’s go to Carrinth!) I’m sorry to say I’m not sharing any of those things here today but I am going to share something that hit me this morning (201804.14).
The natural man can be a funny thing. We can say one thing and then turn right around and contradict ourselves the next.
For example, (and I am speaking strictly from we church folks point of view) many people say those ‘supernatural’ things of God, the spiritual gifts the Bible speaks of, don’t happen any longer. Those things stopped happening (Depending on who you talk to)….
- When the last of the original Apostles died (John)
- When Scripture was canonized
- When the first Pope was put into office
- When the Baptist Convention was formed (C’mon, lighten up. Can’t you take a joke?)
Yet in the next breath say that…
- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Heb. 13:8
- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
- For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. 3:6
Jesus Himself told us the things we would do (Mark 16:17 & 18).
Since my wife and I finally stepped out in faith, we have seen things like this that we were not seeing when we were stuck in the church rut (I know I am probably upsetting someone right now but the truth is the truth, and I promise you I am speaking it in love, yearning for every believer to walk as we were intended to walk (Rom. 8:1 & 4).
Ok, I’m off my stump, back to the natural man…
Answer this question: Would you say the natural and the spiritual man are opposites? Sure. The natural man is absolutely clueless when it comes to spiritual things.
1 Cor. 2:14, 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.
This is what came to my mind this morning as I was reading 1 Cor. 2. Paul is telling us, the born-again reader, that we should trust in the revealing of The Spirit rather than the education from man’s wisdom.
He says, “I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God” v.1, but “I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:” v.3&4.
I encourage you to read the entire chapter but I’ll share one more verse, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his seminary: for the seminary searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” v.10.
Of course it doesn’t say that. It says…
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Cor. 2:10.
- Not by enticing words
- Not by educated words
- Not by words from the world’s wisdom
- Matt. 16:17
In fact, it is Paul who tells us to LOOK AROUND at each other, ourselves and our brothers and sisters, to see what kind of people God has truly called…
1 Cor. 1:26, For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
Regular folks…regular folks.
Here is my point in that many people have it backward; many think a preacher, evangelist, or pastor must have a seminary degree or even a doctorate to hold the office.
That is completely contrary to what Scripture teaches. Over and over Paul emphasizes spiritual sensitivity, spiritual discernment, spiritual revelation, so that no flesh (diplomas, degrees, titles) should glory in His presence (1 Cor. 1:29).
Some who know me may say, “Well Bro. Kyle, don’t you have a seminary degree?”
Yes, I do. But do you know why I have it? Not because I trust in the wisdom and education of man, ”For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ’.
I have it so I can get into those churches that think you need it, in order that I may preach truth in there!!!
The moral of the story is we, as the body of Christ, should pause for discernment when judging a certain thing. Is it our flesh influencing us or is it The Spirit? Many times we will find our flesh telling us something quite opposite The Spirit.
Let’s change gears, shall we?…
I sense as I write this some of you are still stewing over the first part of this post. I know most of my audience and I know the church background of many of you. You are not seeing these things the Bible talks about happening where you are.
I KNOW. I was there too for many years.
If you have stayed and read this far I feel in my spirit I owe a word to someone, so I will go off-track in talking to all of you and now talk to two of you (at least two that I myself know of. The Lord could use it to talk to more).
There is a lady reading this who recently posted something about knowing there is more of God. She said it hit her one rainy Sunday morning before Resurrection Day.
You and I both know this started far prior to a rainy Sunday before Resurrection Day. God has been dealing with you about this for a long time. It’s what I tried to tell you that last Sunday we were together but quite honestly I am just learning to listen to a word from The Spirit myself and sometimes have a hard time articulating it.
At any rate, what you are sensing in your spirit is correct, there is more.
Jesus spoke a hard statement in Matt 11:14. He said, “…IF ye will receive it…”
It is a difficult thing to receive something that is different from what we have been taught and involved with for so long. Even good men like Nicodemus had a hard time receiving truth outside his upbringing.
There are things beyond what we have been exposed to and what makes us comfortable. There is The unchanging truth. There is Jesus and His Scriptures that will remain exactly the same until He comes again and all is fulfilled.
There is more… It has always been there. It is clear in the Scriptures. And it is powerful, empowering, beautiful, humbling, personal, and real.
Grace be unto you and may He guide you in your asking, give you eyes in your seeking, and give you courage to knock on the right door, and then to walk through it.
There is another lady who may be reading this. She is fully aware of the truth above but she has been so long separated from it, it eludes her.
The Spirit just said, “In order to be baptized, one must get in the water”.
Wow! Thank You, Lord.
I hope the meaning is clear.
Jesus looked at Matthew and simply said, “Follow Me”.
We must go where He is. Things will not happen where He is not.
Go. Whatever you have to do and wherever you have to go, GO!
This post may cut to the heart of some.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
What DOES God have for you…just around the corner?