Natural and Spiritual
Wade E Taylor
"It is sown a natural body; it is raised
a spiritual body. There is a natural body,
and there is a spiritual body.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual,
but that which is natural; and afterward
that which is spiritual" I Cor 15:44 45
Our mind forms opinions and makes decisions. We do this feeling
we know and understand. Then the presence of the Lord quickens
us and everything changes. Through the anointing of the Holy
Spirit, we see things differently.
This is a result of the two levels of life upon which we
live - the natural and spiritual, interacting, or reacting
one to the other.
There is an important key to our maintaining a spiritual
walk. It is the ability to adjust, or change. If we are fixed
in our opinion, we will push through to that which is natural.
Many beautiful movings of the Holy Spirit have been hindered,
or missed due to a lack of ability to adjust to "the
mind of Christ" (I Cor 2:16).
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts
than your thoughts" Isa 55:8 9.
If we are beginning to formulate words or ideas in the realm
of the spirit and give expression to spiritual understandings,
then we are growing towards spirituality. If we remain a spiritual
baby, with our spirit only able to express itself on the level
of our salvation experience, we will be unable to vocalize
our experiences in the realm of the spirit.
"Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual,
but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual" I Cor 15:45.
In the Song of Solomon, the Bridegroom said to His Bride,
"I have compared you to a horse in Pharaoh"s chariot."
He was using natural words to express a spiritual quality
He saw to be within her. This was a compliment that was to
be understood on a higher level of perception.
The Word tells us that "the spirits of the prophets
are subject to the prophets" I Cor 14:32. A mature prophet
will wait and not give expression to the first impression
he receives. Instead, he will look to the Lord that he might
express what he sees on a higher spiritual level.
We tend to judge according to what we see. But the Lord looks
at the potential that He sees to be within us. Here, He was
seeing a young colt, kicking and balking, crude and undisciplined,
but which had a tremendous potential to be trained and disciplined.
A horse can never be ridden until its independent spirit has
Some of us have never experienced our "independent"
spirit being broken. The Holy Spirit has not been able to
"get on our backs and ride us" until we are broken
and as a result begin to demonstrate a meek and quiet spirit.
The Lord will not be able to accomplish this unless we first
give Him permission to do so, as it transgresses our "rights."
We must freely give the Lord the right to produce this breaking
If we insist on our own rights, it will never take place
and we will be passed by when those who are ready to be "hitched
to the chariot of the King" will be chosen to bring Him
forth into open view in all His Regal Shekinah Glory.
It is so easy for us to give expression to an attitude without
waiting to see how the Lord would lead. The natural looks
at the raw material, but the Lord looks at what the finished
product will be like and then chooses accordingly.
Jacob and Esau are an example of this. Isaac desired some
venison before he died. Esau responded to his father's desire
and went to get meat for him. While he was doing this, Jacob
was busy deceiving his father.
The Scripture says, "As it is written, Jacob have I
loved, but Esau have I hated" Rom 9:13. This is God speaking.
The natural man would have looked at the situation and talked
to everyone about how terrible Jacob is. But, if we will remain
quiet and wait to find the mind of Christ, the Lord will show
us something very different about each of these.
Esau sought to please his father in only the natural realm.
When he became intensely hungry, he sold his birthright, the
supernatural, for a bowl of stew. Thus, Esau despised the
birthright. God knew this, but we can only know if we spend
time before the Lord to apprehend His mind.
When we have the "Mind of Christ," we will see
things as the Lord sees them. The Scripture says, "Let
us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if
in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even
this unto you" Phil 3:15. We can trust the Lord to show
us by the Spirit His mind and His purpose.
What we sow, we reap. Jacob deceived his father, but in turn,
he was deceived and paid a very high price for what he did.
Jacob had bought the birthright from Esau. He did not need
to deceive his father, but was unwilling to wait out the intervention
of the Lord and took it into his own hands.
"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we
shall receive the greater condemnation" James 3:1.
A teacher is one who speaks to formulate, or correct opinions
or attitudes. A teacher in the five-fold ministry is more
than one who stands up and imparts information, but greatly
affects the thoughts and views of those who listen. If something
is taught that came from human understanding alone, many will
be hindered and affected in their spiritual progression.
That which is taught must be true to the Word, be edifying
and build up and enhance a person's walk in the Lord. Burdens
are not to be put on the Lord's people that are heavier than
they can carry or information put in their heads that lead
to confusion. There is a tremendous responsibility upon a
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend
not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also
to bridle the whole body"James 3:2.
"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil,
full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even
the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are
made after the similitude of God" James 3:8-9.
There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. That
which is first is the natural. The inclination is present
for us to act in the natural. Therefore, it takes a discipline
in our tongues to wait upon the spiritual.
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the
heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go
free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast
out to thy house? when thou seest the naked,
that thou cover him; and that thou hide not
thyself from thine own flesh?" Isaiah 58:6-7.
Notice we are to cover, not expose the naked. The reward
is both tremendous and challenging.
"Then shall thy light break forth as the morning.
And thine health shall spring forth speedily:
and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer;
thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
If thou take away from the midst of thee the
yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and
speaking vanity" Isaiah 58:8-9.
During a visitation, we will begin to see things as the Lord
sees them. This is a spiritual principle. If we begin to gossip
rather than repent, we will hinder the visitation.
By putting forth our "finger" and forming an opinion,
we grieve the presence of the Lord and the visitation may
cease. Then we wonder what happened, because the Holy Spirit
was beginning to move. Now, it has stopped.
Had we held what we were seeing before the Lord, and waited
for His judgment or correction, we would have moved into a
marvelous moving of the Holy Spirit in visitation.
We should say, "Lord, how would You handle this? Show
me what you would do. Then we will be able to say as Jesus
said, "I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father hath
taught me, I speak these things" John 8:28b.
If we will do this, we will be amazed at the results.