Sensual vs. Spiritual

One is either a sensual or spiritual being. These are the broadest markings of whether a man is transformed, which is the work of sanctification following salvation.

Described as sensual, a person is governed by his or her carnal desires. The sensual being lusts after and is uncontrollably manipulated by their senses – those things which are tangible and worldly. Their bodies are playgrounds for the sinful indulgences and sprout deadly fruit. It is pride. This shallow and immediate satisfaction leads one to ignore the eternal and live for the temporal. It is complete depravity and a misuse of pleasure, for it makes the senses’ function into a mere tool for self-gratification. In the Scriptures, the Greek word that is used for sensual is usually translated “flesh” or “fleshly,” and it notes these men as destined for the fire.

And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

Jude 1:22-23

Described as spiritual, one must firstly be noted as what they are not. Spirituality is not a simple perspective grounded in one’s own soul or spirit. It is not an attuned enlightenment with the inner most part of one’s self. Rather, spirituality is defined by one’s relationship with the one true Holy Spirit. Most shortcomings of those who see themselves as spiritual do not acquire this distinction. For spirituality cannot be strictly introspective until the Holy Spirit renews and masters the soul of a person. Before the Spirit’s regeneration, the soul is most wicked and provides one only with their own devices of sin. Precisely, to be led by the Spirit is to be spiritual, and to be spiritual is to be saved.

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:5-6

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

Practically, Christ followers need to see how much they are governed by their senses rather than faith. For faith is the great guide of the Holy Spirit, and to not walk by it is sin. Therefore, Christians do not aim to be immediately indulgent or temporally pleasured; they seek to walk and be led by the Spirit.

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2 thoughts on “Sensual vs. Spiritual

  1. Thanks! Very thought-provoking. I’m debating with myself whether one can completely throw off “the flesh”.
    Yes, but I can’t and Jesus can in me. I keep praying.
    Thanks for visiting my site, brother.

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