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There are Only Two Classes or Categories of People in God’s Word, Not Three

Updated: Aug 20


God’s Word presents only two categories or classes of man, not three as often unscripturally taught. This two-fold-only theme is found throughout Scripture, in hundreds of passages. As demonstrated below, a non-exhausted list, there are many labels given to both saved and lost, contrasting these two non-interchangeable categories, with nothing in between. The first label below applies to all true born again believers while the second, the contrast, to all the unsaved including false professing “believers.” There is no in-between. There is no “lukewarm Christian” or “backslidden Christian” or “carnal Christian.” The Bible describes these as lost people masquerading as professing believers. They are as lost as the religious lost.


Every person in the world fits into one of two following categories. Here we go…

  • Either “spiritual” or “natural”/ “carnal” (1 Cor 2:9-3:3; 15:44-46; Rom 8:1-16).

  • Either walking forward or walking backward (Jer 7:23-24; Heb 10:38-39).

  • Either blessed or cursed (De 30:1, 19-20; Ps 1:1-6; 37:22; Pr 3:33; Jer 17:5-8; Lk 10:23-24; Matt 25:32-46)

  • Either saved/unsaved (Matt 7:21-23; Rom 2:7-29; Heb 3:7–4:3).

  • Either have life and good or death and evil (De 30:15, 19-20; Pr 8:35-36; 11:19; Jn 14:19; Rom 6:23; Jn 5:38-42).

  • Either under grace or under the law (Rom 6:14; Gal 4:22-31).

  • Either just or unjust (1 Cor 6:1-11; 2 Pet 2:7-9; Ac 24:15; Matt 5:45; Pr 29:27).

  • Either wise or a fool (Pr 1:5-7, 22; 3:35; 10:2, 6-11, 20-32; 11:29b; 13:19-20; 14:1, 7-9, 16, 24, 33; 15:2, 7, 14, 21; 16:22; 17:12, 16, 24, 28; 18:2; 28:26a; Matt 25:1-13; 2 Sam 3:33).

  • Either in light or in darkness (Jn 11:9-10; 12:35-36, 46; 2 Cor 6:14; 1 Th. 5:4-5) therefore full of light or full of darkness (Matt 6:22-23) and thus walk in light/day or in darkness/night by nature (Jn 8:12; 11:9-10; 1 Th 5:1-10).

  • Either of the freewoman or of the bondwoman (Gal. 4:22-31) thus either under liberty or under bondage (Gal 4:22-31; 5:1-6).

  • Either born after the Spirit or born after the flesh (Gal 4:23-29; Jn 3:3-7).

  • Either a profitable servant or an unprofitable servant (Matt. 24:42-51; 25:14-30).

  • Either fruitful or unfruitful (Matt 13:3-23; Ezk 36:25-27; Jer 23:3; Ps 1:1-3; Jn 15:1-16; Rom 11:16; 2 Cor 5:17-20; 9:10; Col 1:4-6; Jam 1:18; 3:13-18).

  • Either true faith with good works or dead faith without good works (Jam 2:14-26).

  • Either wheat or tares (Matt 13:24-30, 37-43).

  • Either good fish or bad fish (Matt 13:47-50).

  • Either upon the foundation rock or the foundation of sand (Lk 6:47-49).

  • Either obedient or disobedient (Matt 7:21-27; Lk 6:46-49; De 13:3-4; Jn 10:25-27; 14:21-24; Jam 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3-5; 3:22-24; 5:1-3; 2 Jn 1:5-6; Rev 22:14-15).

  • Either obedient to God's will or disobedient to God's will (Matt 7:21; 1 Jn 2:17).

  • Either on the narrow path or on the broad path (Matt 7:13-14).

  • Either understanding of truth or not understanding of truth (Pr 22:20-21; Matt 13:10-16; Mk 4:11-13; Jn 8:43, 47; 1 Jn 2:20-21, 27; 5:20).

  • Either a good tree/good heart which produces good fruit or a corrupt tree/evil heart which produces corrupt fruit/evil fruit (Matt 7:15-20; 12:33-37; Lk 6:43-45).

  • Either a true prophet/teacher or a false prophet/teacher (Matt 7:15-20; 2 Pet 2:1-3).

  • Either a sheep or a goat (Matt 25:31-46).

  • Either hear Christ' voice and follow Him or hear not Christ' voice and follow Him not (Jn 8:47; 10:1-5; De 13:3-4).

  • Either known by Christ or not known by Christ (Matt 7:21-23; 25:13; Gal 4:9).

  • Either children of light or children of darkness (Eph 5:8; 1 Th 5:4-8).

  • Either serving Master God or serving master mammon (Matt 6:24).

  • Either pure or defiled (Ac 15:9).

  • Either new bottles and new garments or old bottles and old garments (Matt 9:16-17).

  • Either servants of righteousness and thus servants to God or servants of sin and thus servants to the flesh (Rom 6:6-18; Lk 6:37-45).

  • Either clear eyes that see or hypocritical eyes that see not (Matt 13:15; Lk 6:37-45; Ac 26:18), thus either a single eye or an evil eye (Matt 6:22-23; Pr 23:6-7) which is reflective of being either full of light or full of darkness (1 Jn 2:8-11; Matt 5:14-16; Lk 11:33-36; 1 Th 5:2-8).

  • Either in Christ or out of Christ and in Belial (2 Cor 6:15).

  • Either a true believer or an infidel (2 Cor 6:15).

  • Either a temple of God or a temple of idols (2 Cor 6:16-17; 1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:19).

  • Either love the Lord or love the world (Jn 17:14-16; I Jn 2:15-17; Jam 4:4).

  • Either hated by the world or loved by the world (Jn 15:18-20; 17:14,16; Rom 6:17-22; 8:1-17).

  • Either a son or a bastard (Heb. 12:7-8), evidenced by God's chastening or the absence thereof (Heb 12:5-11; De 8:5-6; Job 5:17; Pr 3:11-12; 1 Cor 11:28-32).

  • Either have godly wisdom or worldly wisdom (1 Cor 1:18-31; 3:18-19; Jam 3:13-18).

  • Either have received the Spirit of God or the spirit of the world (1 Cor 2:12).

  • Either have the Spirit of truth or the spirit of error (1 Jn 4:6).

  • Either a friend of God or an enemy of God (Jam 4:4; Jn 15:14).

  • Either abide in Christ or not abiding in Christ (Jn 15:1-10; 1 Jn 2:27; 3:1-15; 2 Jn 1:9).

  • Either have just/true balance and weight or unjust/false balance and weight (De 25:13-16; Job 31:6; Pr 11:1; 16:11; 20:23; Dan 5:27).

  • Either good/righteous/just or evil/unrighteous/wicked (Ps 1:1-6; 37:1-40; 50:14-23; Pr 3:33; 4:18-19; 10:2-3, 6-7, 11, 20, 24-25, 27-32; 11:5-8, 10-11, 18, 21, 23, 31; 12:2-7, 10-13, 21; 13:5-6, 9, 17, 25; 14: 15:8-9, 26, 28-29; Matt 13:48-50; 2 Cor 6:14; 1 Pet 3:12).

If you are truly born again and have passed from death unto life, then everything the Bible says about the saved, the first label listed above applies to you. If you are unsaved, you fall under the second label or condition. If you profess to be a Christian, but are in fact a false professor, one that feigns faith, being maybe self-deceived (2 Cor 4:2) and demonically-deceived (2 Cor 4:3-4) or a ravening false teacher wilfully misleading people, then you fall into the second category, the unsaved one.


"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Is 8:20)

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