Spirituality

The Greek for "he that is spiritual" —nveu^atiKoq—is found twentyfive times in the New Testament. As related to man, spirituality represents that manner of life which is wrought in (not, by) the believer by the unhindered, indwelling Spirit of God (Rom. 8:4).

nveu^atiKoq is to be contrasted with ^uxiko; (6 times this term has been used), meaning the natural, unregenerate, soulish (i.e., "sensual," James 3:15 or "having not the Spirit," Jude 1:19) man; and with oapKiKoc; (used 11 times), meaning one whose life is characterized by emphasis on the oap^.

A Christian may be either aapKiKoc or nveu^atiKoq, but not ^uxiko; any more. From the ^uxiko; state he has been saved by Christ; from the oapKiKoq state he may be delivered by dependence on, and right relation to, the indwelling Spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14, ^uxiko;, 2:15-16, nveu^atiKoq, 3:1-4, aapKiKoc).

An illustration of these spiritual truths may be found in 1 Corinthians 1:10-15:57. 1:10-11:34 has to do with the oapKiKoc; while 12:1-15:57 deals with the nveu^atiKoq (cf. 12:1). In chapter 12 the term nveu^atiKoq concerns things like (1) baptism (vss. 12-13) and (2) gifts conveyed by the Spirit (vs. 4), which gifts are bestowed in sovereign grace, and all equally honorable because given by God and energized by Him.

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