The Spiritual

I’ve had many topics in my head lately that I considered writing about, but it seems God was showing me some other things instead. Similarly, I’ve ordered some books that I wanted to read, but by time I received them, I’d seemed to have already spiritually outgrown much of their content. It isn’t that these books are boring or don’t have a powerful message but just that I’ve discovered deeper things with Jesus. One phrase it seems God often repeats to me lately is, “Come up here.” This isn’t so much to be above others, but rather to continue to grow spiritually and leave my physical holdings behind.

Of coarse, we exist primarily at this point in the physical, and we aren’t able to instantly leap to the pinnacle of the spiritual in a single bound. It’s more of a progressive journey where we daily delve deeper into the love that is in Jesus Christ. The journey itself is quite beautiful, and it’s intriguing to see glimpses of the how and why of God creating us in this realm of existence to grow into the spiritual.

As I read the Bible more, I see that Jesus was prompting people to live by the spirit and not the flesh. He tells the woman at the well:

But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”—John 4:23-24

Note here that the message is rather direct in stating spirit and truth. Spirit and truth are together. If we claim that our Sunday worship is spiritual, yet we refuse to dig deeper into the truth, we get what we have today—many congregations that are just going through the physical motions because they don’t know what else to do. Interestingly enough, when we look at the Greek definition, we see that this truth is pointing to a greater reality than the physical.

We see this same type of relationship between law and grace, the old and new covenants. The physical law is but a shadow of the spiritual realities in Christ Jesus (Heb 10:1). Yet many today still live in the insistence that the physical law that brings death is the standard to which we hold ourselves and society instead of the spiritual law of love. We have campaigns to place the physical law in courthouses, while the way to redemption is through the spiritual life of Jesus. If anything should be pronounced in such places, it should be something to the effect of Matt 22:37-40: Love God. Love you neighbor (which covers everyone). This fulfills the law and prophets.

Mostly, we try to uphold ourselves and society to a physical standard of the law. In other words, the letter which only brings (spiritual) death instead of the Spirit which brings life. So many Christians seem spiritually dead because they continue to insist on the physical standards of the law while missing the point. Prayers are often made by such standards to, “bless my friends and family.” Whereas Jesus, living to the spiritual, calls us to bless our enemies (Matt 5:44). What good is it to just love those that love us (Matt 5:46-47)?

The interesting thing to note here is that we can’t live to the spirit of the law by physical means. We can only live by the spirit by living in the Spirit. The more we try to live by physical means, the more we alienate ourselves from Jesus (Gal 5:4, 18).

When living by the Spirit, we begin to see like Jesus—beyond the physical constraints of worldly interpretations of the law. We being seeing everything in spiritual terms and begin to live our lives and make our choices based on that—much to the confusion and disdain of those living by a physical religion. Once that spiritual life is tasted though, it can’t be set aside for man-made mandates.

This is something that I’ve been striving to communicate to others, but it seems the physical mind cannot understand the language of the Spirit. Much of the scriptures speak of this but seem chaotic and glossed over because a physically minded religion cannot understand them.

We also speak these things, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?” But we have Christ’s mind.—1 Cor 2:13-16

I’m beginning to see many who are waking up spiritually, and it’s a beautiful thing. We seem to be on the verge of a great spiritual awakening though many may call us heretic, blasphemer, backslider, demonic, etc…because of their fear of losing their physical empires. However, the true Spirit of God cannot be stifled by the physical pursuits of man.
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4 thoughts on “The Spiritual

  1. John, I find more and more He is saying to me “Look down here – here I Am – and over there – and right round here – and … ”

    Odd what you write in your closing words: “I’m beginning to see many who are waking up spiritually, and it’s a beautiful thing.” I have heard that same thought spoken by others. I and beginning to get a tangible tingle deep inside when I read those words. And – a personal opinion – He seems to be drawing together. And that might just be “movement” – something deeper than revival, more permanent than a flight of fancy, and more loving than much I see in history.

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    • Yes, Jesus is all in all and he seems to continually call to a more intimate understanding of Father through the Spirit.

      I use to be made to think that everything is getting worse. After looking through history, it seems we live in one of the best ages ever. People are free to explore the depths of God’s love without the restrictions religion has always upheld and even tortured/killed people for seeking outside of the defined parameters.

      Now, I’m starting to see what happens when people are free to grow spiritually without those confines, and it is quite amazing to witness. Meanwhile, it seems the doomsayers continue to manipulate the Word to threaten and condemn though much of their power and control has been lost over the ages. This leads me to have that same tingling that we are on the verge of a great awakening based on the Spirit of love. I believe God has been working in the background (though apparent when we look) to bring humanity to this point in our collective journey.

      What and when I can’t say, but I wait with excited trembling as God unveils his loving plan.

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