by J. Gerald Harris

Three Kinds of Men
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Corinthians 2:14-3:4

There are endless ways that people can be classified or categorized. There are physical categories. We classify people as tall or short, fat or thin, ugly or attractive.

Sometimes we classify people according to their intellectual ability. There are the bookworms, and those who would not crack a book. There are those who are dumb, and there are those who are brilliant. There are those who graduate summa cum laude. There are those who graduate "thank you, Lordie."

We would classify people according to their economics. When I took sociology in college we were taught that there was a lower class, a middle class, and an upper class. In each class there were three different classes. For example, there was the lower middle class and the middle middle class and the upper middle class. So people are classified economically.

Then, of course, we classify people according to their work status. We have blue collar workers and white collar workers. There are salaried employees and there are hourly wage earners. There are professional people and non-professional people.

We also classify people according to geography. I'm a tar heel from North Carolina. My wife is a Georgia peach. We have hillbillies and sand lappers. We have urbanites and suburbanites and country folks.

Even within the Bible there are classifications and categories of people. There is the difference between the Jew and the Greek. There is the classification between the sheep and the goats. There are the children of God and the children of darkness. There are the saved and the lost.

But in our text there are three classifications, or categories, of people. There is the natural person. There is the carnal person. There is the spiritual person. First of all, let us consider

In I Corinthians 2:14 we have the mention of the natural man. The natural man is the unsaved man; he is the unredeemed man. Accor ...

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