The Natural is Spiritual
The ancients were persuaded that the realm of the Spirit intersected with their day-to-day activities. It is easy to dismiss this as a flagrant superstition. But modern believers shouldn’t be too quick to reject their outlook. People in the first century understood things we do not readily comprehend.
Compared to today, the ancients had a more holistic view of the cosmos. They were convinced the spiritual and the natural order were interrelated. For them, there wasn’t a large chasm between seen and unseen realms.
This perspective is clear in this admonition from the apostle Paul: “It is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:46 ESV).
To Paul, what’s observed in the natural, foreshadows what arises in the spirit realm. What’s visible enables believers to envision what’s invisible.
Sometimes one can detect what God is up to by simply observing the natural order. When there’s a subtle pattern among the faithful, it is generally indicative of something more.
Twisting the meaning of Romans 13:14, some argue, “Pay no mind to the flesh.” But this verse isn’t saying what they think it is. God never asked his sons and daughters to ignore the entire natural order.
God wants us to see what’s in front of us and learn something of his ways. Spiritual truths are often embedded in the natural order.
Remember the natural is spiritual.