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Being More Spiritual People

 As Believers in Jesus Christ it’s important that we understand the Holy Spirit and also set the Holy Spirit into our minds. We need to understand the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, yield to Him and live as spiritual not natural people. This is incredibly important because a person can name the name of Christ but live a spiritual life—a life that is full in the Spirit.

Paul makes that point very clear in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. The Corinthians weren’t living as spiritual people, but as carnal, natural babies—mere men and not spiritual men and women.

In the verses leading up to this declaration (1 Corinthians 2:9–16), Paul offers us some insightful lessons on how we can be a more spiritual people.

Lesson #1: The Holy Spirit is God’s agent of spiritual revelation. 1 Corinthians 2:10 says, “God has revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit.” We need to know that spiritual revelation is a spiritual connection that is only made through spiritual means. In Ephesians 1:15–17 Paul prays for believers that they would have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.

The Holy Spirit reveals. He literally “takes the cover off” spiritual Truth and uncovers its meaning for us. There is no Truth revealed apart from the Holy Spirit. And, what’s beautiful is that this is an on-going process and we never out grow it—the more we invite the Holy Spirit to reveal Truth to us, the more we grow and then receive more revelation.

Lesson #2: The Holy Spirit is the One who knows the deep things of God to reveal to us. 1 Corinthians 2:10 also says, “For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

What are these “deep things”? For the unbeliever, it’s John 16:7–11. He’s convicting you of sin, righteousness and judgment.

For the believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is revealing the Truth of God to touch and transform personal issues in our life. He’s revealing our Spiritual gifts, the spiritual realm, spiritual warfare, spiritual power, and spiritual callings to name a few.

The truth is no matter where we are in our journey with Jesus Christ there are always deeper, more mysterious and profound aspects of God being revealed to us. The Holy Spirit wants to take the deeper things of Scripture and write them on our heart of understanding. So we “GET IT” and not merely “get it.”

Lesson: #3: We’ve received the Holy Spirit for the very purpose of KNOWING the things God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

God’s desire is to teach and reveal His Truth to us and He’s so good He gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us what we need to know. 1 Corinthians 2:13, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

The Holy Spirit has to be the One we are trusting to reveal and teach us Spiritual Truths. It’s not something we can do in our own natural abilities. Paraphrasing Paul, he says, “I’m speaking what the Holy Spirit is teaching me, not just man’s wisdom. (1 Corinthians 2:13).”

Lesson #4: The natural man can’t receive the things of the Spirit. 20th Century evangelist Vance Havner wrote, “The natural man cannot receive spiritual things. One might as well try to catch sunbeams with a fishhook as to lay hold of God’s revelation unassisted by the Holy Spirit. Unless one is born of the Spirit and taught by Him, all this is utterly foreign to him. Being a Ph. D. does not help, for in the spiritual realm it could mean ‘Phenomenal Dud!’”[1]

Lesson #5:  The spiritual man discerns, investigates, and judges everything. 1 Corinthians 2:15 tells us, “But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.” The spiritual man is continually in the process of evaluating the spiritual context of life. We should continually be asking, “Holy Spirit, what are you doing, saying, teaching, revealing. Where are you guiding, leading, calling?”

We can live as a spiritual person because, “we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).” We can think the way Jesus thought, yield the way He yielded and live the way He lived. How? It will develop in every-increasing ways as we grow in our understanding of and our relationship with the Holy Spirit.


[1] William MacDonald, Edited by Arthur Farstad, Believer’s Bible Commentary, (Nashville, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1995), 1753

2 responses to “Being More Spiritual People”

  1. Judy Coble says:

    Steve, thank you for this. I need the Holy Spirit so much right now. Ted and I haven’t been able to attend church for a long time. Thank you for your continued persistence in spreading the Word. When I see your postings on FB it is a reminder for me to pay attention and seek the Lord with all my heart. God Bless you and Sarah, I continue to pray for you kids. Love you, Judy