Man, Â primarily, Â has Â a Â twofold Â nature: Â the Â outward man Â and Â the Â inward Â man. Â In Â 2 Â Corinthians Â 4:16, Â Paul clearly Â distinguishes Â between Â these Â two Â when Â he said, Â âFor Â which Â cause Â we Â faint Â not; Â but Â though Â our OUTWARD Â MAN Â perish, Â yet Â the Â INWARD Â MAN Â is renewed day by day.â Â He Â lets Â us Â know Â thereâs Â an Â outward Â man Â and thereâs Â an Â inward Â man. The Â outward Â man Â is Â the Â physical Â body Â and Â its Â five senses (sight, Â hearing, Â smell, Â touch, taste). Â These senses are his medium for relating with his environment.Â
ThatâsÂ why Â the Â human Â body Â can Â only Â receive Â information from Â this Â world Â through Â its Â five Â senses. The inward man, however, is the human spirit and his Â soul Â (the Â seat Â of Â his Â mind, Â will, Â emotions, Â reasoning, and Â intellect). Â
Heâs Â the Â one Â the Â Bible Â calls Â âthe Â hidden man of the heart.â Heâs not seen with the natural eyes, because Â he is Â the Â âman within Â the Â man.â Now, Â every Â one Â of Â us Â is Â a Â spirit Â being, Â and Â our inward Â man Â is Â the Â real Â person Â living Â in Â the Â physical body. Â
Thatâs Â the Â one Â who Â receives Â Christâs Â salvation. When Â you Â believed Â and Â confessed Â the Â Lordship Â of Jesus, Â it Â wasnât Â your Â body Â (your Â outward Â man) Â who was Â reborn; Â it Â was Â your Â inward Â manâyour Â human spiritâ Â that Â was Â born Â again.Â
Your Â human Â spirit Â has Â spiritual Â senses, Â and Â they function Â through Â your Â soul Â and Â its Â mind. Â This Â shows why your mind is so powerful and important, Â because it Â is Â the Â connector Â of Â your Â spirit Â to Â your Â body.