Natural Man vs Spiritual Man


Naturally we want to revenge those who betray and hurt us, we want to pay back those who wrong us; and that is the nature of the natural man. We get upset when certain things don’t work out the way we expected; and many a times we end up having the wrong reaction. The natural man perishes; and when we don’t condition our soul man with the Word of God, our soul man [mind] will perish with our natural man [body]. This is true when we look at Hosea 4:6, saying: ‘My people perish for the lack of knowledge.’ This knowledge spoken of is the Word of God; and is said of those who belong to the household of faith, because they don’t spend enough time in studying the Word of God. When we learn to condition our soul man with the Word of God [Rom.12:2], we will enter eternity with our spirit man.

On the other hand, let’s look at Jesus. Many folks misunderstand the person of Jesus. We understand that Jesus was birthed through a virgin by the Holy Spirit Matt.1:18-25], but what many don’t seem to understand is that Jesus was 100% human and also 100% God [John1:1-3&14]. We see by the fall of satan that God can’t be overthrown and neither can God be killed [Isa.14:12-17]; and that’s still easy enough to understand, because most people learned that God is all powerful and all knowing Supreme, the Creator of all things. Here is the part that many struggle to comprehend: When Jesus died on the cross and was laid in the tomb [John.20:1-18], it was His human side which was laid down. Then we read and understand that Jesus descended into Hades; and there He made a public display of satan and his cohorts [Col.2:15]. This public display was before all the souls of men and women of old; and many of those souls were not meant to be in hades. Jesus stripped satan and his cohorts from all their power and He took away the keys of death, leaving hell and its powers paralyzed. When Jesus rose from the dead and when He ascended into Heaven [Acts1:9-12], the Bible tells us that the graves of those same souls of old opened and ascended into Heaven with Jesus [Matt.27:52]. This view can be seen as a type of first judgment. The question is: ‘where was the Holy Spirit in this time when Jesus descended in hades?’ In order for a soul to enter Hades, it means the Holy Spirit has left the body as well as the soul. The Holy Spirit accompanies souls to Heaven, not to hell. So when Jesus descended into Hades, He done so by His human side, which was His human soul; yet He was still 100% Jesus.

This is an amazing revelation, because Jesus came into this world by Holy Spirit on the Father’s command; He was 100% man and also 100% God, birthed by a virgin. Yet, one of many reasons why Jesus came was to show us how to live the life He was bringing to everyone who believes. The true Christian life ought to be a supernatural life, lived in a natural world; hence, Jesus performed many supernatural signs and wonders [healings and miracles] by the presence and indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and He done so in a natural human body. In the same manner, the born again Christian have the same indwelling of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had while on earth; and moreso, the Bible tells us that whatever Jesus did we will be able to do and even more [John.14:12]. In fact, these very words were spoken by Jesus Himself. 1 John 4:17 also says that as He [Jesus] is, so are we in this world. Jesus came to express the fullness of God to the world [Col.1:27]. That’s what Christianity ought to be about – Christianity is the outward expression of the inner workings of God in a human body; but if you can’t see this reality, then it would be hard for you to comprehend it.

Jesus not only brought salvation to us, not only did He come to give us life; and life in abundance [John 10:10], but He also showed us how to live this new life; and He gave us the Holy Spirit in the same manner as He had the Holy Spirit while dwelling among people on earth [John1:14]. Colossians 2:9 confirms this by saying: ‘In Christ dwells all the fullness of the God-head in bodily form.’ Today, the Holy Spirit [Christ] indwells the born again Christian in bodily form. Mark 16:17-18 says that these signs shall follow them that believe [please read in your Bible]. These are the things Jesus done while on earth.

Understand that these signs are not meant for the believer, but for unbelievers to see; to witness it, so that they might also believe. Today we have lost this to some extent, because we find so many proclaiming to be Christian, but when things go wrong they run to church for the pastor or elders to pray for them. The church must equip its members with the truth of God’s Word and teach them these fundamental principles. This is our mandated vision at Gospel Addicts Global Church: ‘We develop ministers for Christian leading and leadership; such as Pastor, Teachers, Prophets, Evangelist, Apostles. We offer life coaching in developing spiritual gifts; and we offer mentorship for accredited higher formal ministry training. Being not only an active ministry, but a proactive ministry; our focus is Jesus, our message is the Gospel, and our task is the great commission’. This is what we are all about in accordance with our ministry’s founding verse in Psalm 67:2 [TLB]“Send us around the world with the saving power of Your Word; and Your eternal plan for all mankind.”

As humans we all have three beings. God created man to have a body, soul, and spirit. He made man to be like Him [Gen.1:26]. The fullness of God is all encapsulated in the Holy Spirit as seen in Colossians 2:9; and has the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in One Being, while three entities –or- persons; but they are all One God. 2’000 years ago people saw God in the form of Jesus. Now we too, we have a body, a soul, and a spirit, but we can only see the physical human body; the other two beings of our existence is within our physical bodies, which are our soul man and spirit man. But then again, one day our bodies will perish and our soul and spirit will pass on either to Heaven or hell. However, to those who believe, God didn’t wait to bring us unto His fullness and perfection. Every true born again Christian has a physical body, the body of the soul, the body of a spirit; and also the body of the Holy Spirit Who works in us to bring us unto the fullness and perfection of God. Just as Jesus was 100% human and 100% God, our new beings are also. No wonder, in the prophetic vision David saw he says of the new creation: ‘Ye are gods’ [Psa.82:6], speaking of the new creation as gods. We have been brought into God’s marvelous light [1Pet.2:9]; God never intended man not to be like Him. In His original plan He created man to rule this earth [in other words: to lord over the earth/creation] – to be the custodians of God’s creation; but now in the [‘redesigned’] redemptive plan of God, God made us to be the custodians of His Temple [our bodies], as He has now declared that He will make His abode in every man/woman that will believe [John.14:23].

Many Christians today try and live right through the natural man of their body and soul; but to truly live a righteous life, we must learn to live through the spirit and soul of our true beings. The first step in doing so is to give your life to the Lord and be born again; then the second step is to study the Word of God, for it is our sure guide in living right. Lastly, we must apply all that we study in the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says: ‘Faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the Word of God’; and Joshua 1:8 says: ‘Meditate on the Word of God day and night…’ Both these verses show us how beneficial the application of the Word is, for faith without works is dead [James 2:14-26]; and we can only please God by faith [Heb.11:6] – that means we can only please God through applying His Word; for it is His very Word that brings about faith in us to do according to what is written to us. We must understand that the written Word of God contains no power, but when we take the written Word of God and apply it, it becomes all the power we will ever need.

Coming back to conditioning our soul man with the Word of God; a good place to start at is the Book of Proverbs. The Bible says of the author, King Solomon, son of King David: He was the wises man that ever lived, and the wises that will ever live [1King.4:13].

According to Romans 10:9; if we ‘confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus Christ; And believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved’. This is when God, by His fullness through the Holy Spirit comes and live within us. Like Colossians says: Christ [the Holy Spirit] is the fullness of the God-head in bodily form.  There is no portion received, He comes in the fullness of God or not at all.

Today, if you are not born again yet, then I invite you to give your life to the Lord and invite the Holy Spirit to come and abide with you. God does not expect us to be perfect before turning to Him, He wants us the way we are so that He can come and clean us. If you want to be a child of God, then simply say this prayer aloud:

“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. I believe He died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I believe He is alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in the Name of Jesus, I have eternal life; I am born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I am now a child of God – Hallelujah!

If you have just said this prayer aloud, then you have done according to Romans 10:9“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God had raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”; and are now a child of God – Congratulations! We would like to hear from you, email us today at gospeladdictsglobal@gmail.com – Also click here to receive a free gift.

Finally, I want to close with this: The new man in Christ must not adopt the nature of Christ. He/she must accept the nature of Christ, for this is our original nature. You can only adopt something which was not yours, but the nature of God was ours from the beginning. God didn’t make us with fault, we faulted on our own and by choice. Don’t blame devil and or circumstances; don’t even blame your childhood, parents, or relationship/s, etc; the choice was always ours, to be whom we choose to be. God originally made us flawless! The problem most people have is accepting their original nature, which is Christ-like; but that is not where you should stop – you should also apply this very nature. The person who you were [or still might be] is a result of wrong choices; but God brought us back unto Himself, gave us a blueprint [the Bible] of our original nature, and said: ‘Study My Word so that you may become My Word.’ This is God’s original plan for mankind; and as He is the same yesterday, today, and forever; so is His plan still the same today for you and me – Hallelujah!

Don’t quit, keep winning in life

To read our Prophetic Message for 2019, CLICK HERE

Join us again on the 3rd of February 2019 at midnight [+GTM] as we share the prophetic word for the month

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Author: gospeladdictsglobalchurch

Gospel Addicts was formed in 2013 [established in 2014] as an internet ministry; growing quickly into a global ministry under Evangelist & Pastor Rudi Ferreira; evangelizing the world with the Gospel [Psalm 67:2 / TLB]. Since the success of the internet ministry; and intense studies of higher learning, the time has come to materialize the vision of the Global Headquarters Church in the making... we will announce our location soon! Also running a FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/gospeladdictsglobal -or- email us at gospeladdictsglobal@gmail.com

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