Man is the greatest marvel in the universe. Not because his hear beats forty million times a year, driving the bloodstream a distance of over sixty thousand miles in that time; not because of the wonderful mechanism of eye and ear; not because of his conquest over disease and the lengthening of human life; not because of the unique quality of his mind, but because he may walk and talk with God.
1. The natural or unspiritual, man/woman: (1 Corinthians 2:14) identifies the unregenerate person, i.e., one governed by mere natural instincts (2 Peter 2:12). This kind of person does not have the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9), is under Satan's dominion (Acts 26:18), and is enslaved to the body and its passions (Eph 2:3).
He or she belongs to the world, is in sympathy with it (James 4:4), and rejects the righteous ways of the Spirit (1 Cor 2:14). The unspiritual person is not able to understand God and His ways, but instead relies on human reasoning or emotions.
" But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." (1 Corinthians 2:14-15)
2. The spiritual man/woman (1 Cor 2:15; 3:1) identifies the regenerated person, i.e., the one who has the Holy Spirit. This person is spiritually minded, thinks the thoughts of God (1 Cor 2:11-13) and lives by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:4 -17; Gal 5:16 – 26). Such an individual believes in Jesus Christ, strives to follow the leading of the indwelling Spirit, and resists sensual desires and sin’s dominion (Rom 8:13 – 14).