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1Corinthians 2:15 – Passion for truth

09-12-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet

Now he who is spiritual is indeed examining all yet he is being examined by no one.

The soulish (Gr. psuchikos) human has no antenna for the spiritual things. He is oriented to “what is visible to the eyes” and the sensation. Perhaps very religious with rituals, beautiful buildings, music, incence, rhetoric, large numbers, light effects, etc.

The spiritual (Gr. pneumatikos) human, on the other hand, wants to know in the first place how things are. He is interested in the truth. The word for ‘examining’ in Greek is ‘anakrino’ which a legal term. It is used for questioning in court and the investigation that a judge does (acts. 25:26; 28:18). The judgement of a judge must be completely independent. Not influenced by feelings and beautiful appearance. Because it is about “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

‘Anakrino’ is also used in relation to the Bereans who examined the scriptures daily to verify whether what Paul told them was true (Acts 17:11). ‘Anakrino’ means: examine, check. This passion for truth characterizes the spiritual (pneumatic) human being. He is misunderstood by those who are living ‘soulishly’. Because for them the question of truth is rather difficult (inconvenient). But the spiritual man walks independently. Only the truth matters.