Three Classes of People in Church

July 2, 2024

In the church congregation today, there are the usual three classes of people who attends the services.

The first type is the one who follows the “senses” or the “natural Adamic man, who is not renewed through the new birth. The spiritual content of the scripture is absolutely hidden from him. This type of person is usually considered “lost” or “unsaved.” They have not been born again. John 3:3-5 says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb , and be born? Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

The second class of people is the “fleshly” or “carnal.” They are born again or renewed believers who walk after the flesh and remains a babe in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3: 1,3,and 4 reads, “And I, could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you, envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul,: and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?”

The third class of people is the “spiritual.” These are the “saved” or “born again” people who are renewed, regenerated, and are “spirit filled.” They walk in the Spirit in full communion with God. Ephesians 5:18-20 tells us,” Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord: giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”