Living by Grace

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The Spiritual Ones

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness … Galatians 6:1

These words follow the fifth chapter of Galatians which contrasts life in the flesh with life in the Spirit. Those “who are spiritual” are obviously those who are walking in the Holy Spirit.

Paul makes the same contrast in 1 Corinthians 3:1.

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.

Each passage reveals an advantage possessed by “the spiritual ones:” They are the church members who are capable of restoring a brother taken in a trespass—with gentleness—and they are capable of receiving the weightier truths of the Scriptures.

First Corinthians 2:15 also concerns “the spiritual ones.”

But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

This passage says two things about the spiritual ones. First, they have insight into all things. This is not because of unusual brilliance, but because the indwelling Spirit reveals to them all things. This fact is underlined in the following verse, 1 Corinthians 2:16, where Paul writes:

… we have the mind of Christ.”

Second, the spiritual ones are understood by no one. The “un-worldly” and “divinely empowered” walk of the ones filled with the Holy Spirit are a mystery to those without understanding of the Spirit-filled life.

“The spiritual ones” are those who experience the crucifixion of the flesh and receive the filling of the Holy Spirit.

When we live out the five commands of Romans 6:11-13, we will experience the crucifixion of the flesh and be filled with the Holy Spirit—we will join the ranks of “the spiritual ones.”