“WHO IS SPIRITUAL?”
“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (I Corinthians 2:15)
We have all seen Christians who seemed to really enjoy their Christianity. These are the people who are a pleasure to be around, not that they are always smiling or quoting Bible verses or discussing church issues. No, these people just seem to radiate the Spirit of Christ consistently. Consistently—that is the key word. Most folks look for stability in a Christian, not one whose attitude and actions change almost daily. But, I am not saying that just because a person has a good personality and a pleasant disposition that he is spiritual.
Paul told the Corinthian Christians that he could not speak unto them “as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal...” (I Corinthians 3:1-3). Why did he consider them unspiritual? For several reasons, namely:
1.There was jealousy and envy in the church.
2.They “pouted” like babies when they could not have their way.
3.They chose sides causing divisions in the church.
4.They were not serious in their Bible studies. (They only wanted doctrine, or teaching that was practical, not personal; shallow, not deep.)
5.They continued to walk in the lusts of their “old” flesh and condoned, rather than condemned sin.
A spiritual person is not only consistent, but cares for other Christians (Galatians 6:1-2) and is careful how he speaks, i.e. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6). This person loves the church and supports it in every way they possibly can. Now evaluate yourselves, folks. Are you spiritual?
Pastor H. Preston Parker