Explaining 1 Corinthians 2:14 – “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.”

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On one of my facebook comments relating to Free Will and Human Nature, someone asked me this question:

What do you think how Paul describes natural man in 1 Corinthians 2:14?

“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.” (KJV)

This was my answer:

1 Corinthians 2:14 is talking about the carnal sensual man who lived for his appetites and gratifications. He doesn’t understand the chaste life of bodily discipline. He lives for indulgence and doesn’t understand why we would abstain or fast. He understands living for the flesh and doesn’t understand living for the spirit because he is a carnal man.

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