Three Men Hear the Gospel
In 1 Corinthians 2 and 3 the apostle Paul mentions three types of people to whom the gospel is preached:
1. The Natural Man (2:14): this one is exposed to the gospel of Christ – but rejects it.
2. The Carnal Man (3:1-4): in this sense, this one initially receives the gospel but will not allow his conduct of life to be transformed by it.
3. The Spiritual Man (3:1): this one both receives the gospel and allows his conduct of life to be transformed by it..
Three heart patients went to the doctor. The doctor warned each of them concerning their problem and gave them strict instructions to follow. The first man thought it foolish, continued in his bad health and died (cf. 1:18). The second man heeded the doctor’s advice, but made no changes to correct it, and he died (cf. Lk. 8:12). The third man heeded the advice and made the necessary changes – and he lived on. Which man best describes you?