The Spiritual Man
In His Presence: Hebrews 4:12
“He who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ”(1 Corinthians 2:15-16).
The one thing that sets apart spiritual men and women—Christians—is that they have learned to think as Christ thinks because they have the mind of Christ. A spiritual person examines life from God’s perspective. To “appraise” in the verse above means to examine.
What the brain is to our body, the mind is to our soul. A spiritual person has developed spiritual perception. In our planning and decision making, do we ask ourselves what God would think about this? A spiritual person should consistently take God’s viewpoint into consideration in all they do. Of course, we’re not expecting perfection, but there should be a pattern in our lives that includes God in all areas. The spiritual man connects present decisions with future consequences because he or she is mature.
Immature people often do not connect present decisions with future consequences. They want gratification now. Their thought is for the moment. Children are like that. How often do we encounter a child who talks about saving money? However, we do hear them talk a lot about spending money. Because of their maturity level, they can see only short-term consequences. Their view of the future is limited.
The spiritual person has learned to perceive things from a divine vantage point. He has the ability to discern.
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The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him (Ps. 25:14). The writer of Hebrews included a simple test to determine who is a carnal Christian and who is a mature Christian.