What Does It Mean to be Spiritual?Bro. Ron Rupé
1/11/2009 11:00 AM
You must place all of your trust and faith in God.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." What does this mean? It doesn’t mean: 1) that the spiritual person sits on either side of Jesus and exercises lordship and authority over the unspiritual (see Mark 10:35-45); 2) exalteth himself above all that is doctrine. It means that the spiritual discerns the things freely given to us of God; discerns between the words of man and the words of God. It means the spiritual have spiritual discernment.
Who are the spiritual? We might have the impression that it’s someone that has a supernatural aura around them. The Bible defines spiritual as one who is saved and puts no confidence in man. It also is one who is Spirit-filled and led. A spiritual person is one who is justified by faith in the blood of Jesus and puts no confidence in man.
Romans 2:28-29; Philippians 3:3
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
These scriptures make a contrast between flesh and spirit, what is fleshly and spiritual, what is of man and what is of God. The flesh is a man trusting in an outward ordinance. The spiritual doesn’t place confidence in the flesh. He doesn’t rejoice in what he does, but in what God has done for and in him.
1 Corinthians 1:29-31
That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption…" This is what we rejoice in. This is glorying in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
We don’t want to trust in ourselves, but in God.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Nicodemus was trusting in his first birth that made him a Jew. He was fleshly, not spiritual. Jesus told him that he needed to be born of the Spirit to be spiritual.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
These had a spiritual birth that made them the sons of God.
Galatians 2:15-16; 3:1-3
We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received yet the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
This makes a contrast between fleshly and spiritual. The fleshly puts confidence in the works of the law. The spiritual place their confidence in Christ. Are you fleshly or are you spiritual? What have you placed your confidence in? What’s your hope of eternity placed in?
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more; Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless, But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
In regard to eternity, where have you placed your hope and confidence? Being christened/baptized/dedicated isn’t the same as being redeemed. Just going to an altar isn’t worth much if you weren’t redeemed while you were there. Religious form isn’t enough.
Claiming Christianity and the right church is trusting in the flesh for your hope of eternal redemption. Looking to the church and family for your salvation is also wrong. Your Christian heritage won’t get you to heaven. You need to trust in Christ. If your rejoicing isn’t in Christ and his redemption, you’re lost. Adhering to doctrines/creeds won’t redeem your soul for eternity.
"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." This is how we want to be found in that day.
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you ready for the last trumpet? The end is going to come and we’ll all be part of that resurrection. Only those born of the Spirit will be ready for that day. What is your hope, assurance and confidence?