August 21, 2004

Being Spiritual

"Being soulish is antagnostic to being spiritual. The spirit, that noblest part of us, the part which may be united to God and ought to regulate the soul and body, is now under the dominion of the soul, that part of us which is earthly in both its motive and aim. The spirit has been stripped of its original position. Man's present condition is abnormal. Wherefore he is pictured as not having spirit. The result of being soulish is that he becomes a mocker, pursuing ungodly passions and creating divisions."

"1 Corinthians 2:14 speaks of such unregenerated persons in this fashion:'The natural (soulish) man does not receive the gifts of the spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.' Such men as are under the control of their souls with their spirits suppressed are in direct contrast to spiritual people. They may be exceedingly intelligent, able to present masterful ideas or theories, yet they do not consent to the things of the Spirit of God. They are unfit to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit. Such revelation is vastly different from human ideas. Man may think human intellect and reasoning are almighty, that the brain is able to comprehend all truths of the world; but the verdict of God's word is, 'vanity of all vanities'."

From "The Spiritual Man" by Watchman Nee page.... 53

Posted by Barbara at August 21, 2004 10:44 PM

I agree that it is "vanity" that causes you set your beliefs up, such as they are, and name them "God's word". I agree that it is "vanity of vanities" that causes you to explain those parts of your doctrines which are not sensible as a failure of the faculties of understanding on the part of such a person as points out the flaws in your beliefs.

Posted by: smijer at August 22, 2004 09:45 AM

You only think that you point out flaws in my beliefs. You don't actually do so. Those of us that believe like I do feel that your ideas aren't worth their salt anymore than you think that ours are. At the end of the day it still boils down to perspective. We have different ones, obviously.

Posted by: Barbara at August 22, 2004 01:42 PM