Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Natural and the Spiritual Man

1Co 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.

Gen 25:21  And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Gen 25:22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
Gen 25:23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
Gen 25:25  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
Gen 25:26  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
Esau would become a a rugged hunter, strong and hairy. Jacob was a homeboy, a schemer, favored by Rebekah. Jacob would receive the Father's blessing, even by deception. After an encounter with an angel, Jacob was renamed Israel "God prevails". As with Ishmael and Isaac, the promised son was born second. Ishmael was the son of flesh, Isaac was the promised son of Sarah and Abraham. Esau would marry the daughters of Ishmael , enlarging the Arab peoples. Through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would come the Messiah, born of a virgin whose father is God. 

Two Adams, the first of the earth, earthy. The last from heaven, heavenly.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
We were born as natural people but after coming to Jesus we were reborn spiritual people, heavenly minded. We are chosen to be a spiritual people of God through Jesus our Lord.

Mat 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

God knows our hearts and what the natural man loves may not be what God wants for us. The spiritual man is to seek the will of God for each new day. Adam was created perfect, but fell because of sin. Jesus is God's son, holy and pure, redeeming his people and restoring them.We are to be more and more like Jesus as we live among natural men and women. May God bring many to salvation through the blood of the Lamb of God who was sent to give eternal life to as many as receive him. First the natural and then the spiritual.

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