This blog is a chapter in my book titled “A Christian Spirituality”. This particular chapter is in the first section called “The Biblical Narrative and Spirituality” and is intended to communicate the relationship between spirituality and Christianity. For this work, we will primarily discuss what scripture says our spirit is and what distinguishes our spirit from our physical self.
…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
In beginning our journey towards a deeper spiritual view on the Christian narrative, let us start by examining why it is such an elusive thing for many people to discover. As one can naturally presume, in order for one to rightfully establish spiritual truths, one must first be of a spiritual awareness. Decisively, the reason why earthly and carnally centered individuals cannot ‘see’ or ‘enter’ the Lord’s kingdom is because of the infinitely higher organization – beyond the paradigms formed from finite thinking – of the Lord’s kingdom. So forth, where our physical mind cannot fathom the perfect architecture of Heaven, it can neither see the eternal kingdom, and what it cannot see it can neither find to enter.
Consequently, where Heaven is eternal, only that which is also of everlasting continuance can ever endure to truly circumnavigate and understand its totality. Naturally as our physical mind is finite even its greatest comprehension is incapable of withstanding any such grand realization. The fact of the matter is that something which is flawed cannot ever perfectly understand that which is perfect, and it is impossible for that which has an end to ever measure anything that does not.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
So then, when we are of the world, we only know of the world, and only when we are of spirit, we may know of more than the world. Therefore all truth which is beyond the world comes through spirit. Furthermore all truth on the nature of God must come from His Spirit, and all understanding of the nature of God must be by intimacy with His Spirit. In this fashion, seeing and entering into the kingdom of God is a process of Spiritual birth where one also receives a spiritual insight such as to transcend the great limitations of our worldly perceptions and understandings.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
However this division between flesh and the spirit would tell the tale of mankind’s greatest inward conflict. So forth the separation between man and God would ultimately be a result created by the inherent rift, amid flesh and spirit, within man. Accordingly, the meaning behind the story of the fall of man, through Adam and Eve all the way to our modern day, is that our flesh and spirit have been made to exist refuting one another. In this manner, what has been the gain for one has had to come at the expense of the other.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other…
Where it were ever since man was cursed to return to the dirt in which he came from (Genesis 3:19), it has been for man that obeying the greater passions of his flesh were set to be spiritually divisive. These very acts, which are sin producing death, would also be included as part of the very thing scripture was written to speak against. In essence, that the things of the flesh will perish as the flesh, and the things of the spirit will endure as the Spirit.
To this end, in order to fully edify the heavenly and divine in us, all things earthly and vain would have to become thoroughly rejected within. In this higher objective scripture would consistently affirm that in order for us to become truly perfect before our Creator we would have to fully overcome the selfish and greedy nature of our flesh. As it would be, failure to adequately do so would then yield formation to the body of Sin.
For the wages of Sin is death… the free gift of God is eternal life
Since God is life and life eternal, sin – which is opposition to God – must then be death. As only the things which are fully righteous like God live eternal in the same mode of existence as God, all things which are not forever must be existing in some form of sin. In such a way it must be true that the things which are eroding and decaying exist beneath the perfection of God, for all things with an end must certainly not have the life which God has and offers.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we note the mortality of our flesh, we can then surely conclude that its desires cannot coincide with the higher order of our Lord’s established Kingdom and the completeness of His ordained will. Surely then, we can also conclude that there exists a fundamental flaw in our flesh’s reasoning stemming from its propensity for making fundamentally irrational decisions. However, where we accept its limitations, we also open ourselves up to the guidance of spirit.
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Just as our mother gave birth to our physical body, God gives life to our spiritual body. Where our spiritual self is manifest by the very body of God eternal, it desires to do the righteous things that our flesh resists. It is this spiritual presence which then gives us wisdom to grow and develop in a manner which is in harmony with life.
For we know that the law is spiritual
I delight in the law of God, in my inner being
This also applies to God’s laws and His given commandments. We subsequently embrace God’s commandments in our spirit, for the commandments bear the same origin as our spirit. However, the law was never made for the flesh because it, being rebellious to God, is unlike our spirit. Wherever we find discord with the commandments of God, we then find accord with that which is also against God.
This implies that the pure state of our spirit is free from all our flesh’s failings into temptation, destructive compulsions, addictions, and fear dominated behavior. Because our spirits are perfect and eternal, being of God born by God, in them we can follow without fail any instruction our spiritual Father may impart. In such a way our ethereal self is not a rigid construct like our physical bodies, and it is free of any such definition and boundary. It then exists in a fully conformable state able to always choose what is of perfect favor.
In this manner our spirit unpretentiously exists far outside of any constraints set by our body’s ego and culturally fashioned sense of identity. Consequently, at the end of all our volatile lusts and turbulent emotions, our spiritual self is a steady movement flowing casually and peacefully from one thought to another, which is truly devoid of any anxiety or fear. In all that we are and can be, without doubt, our greatest limitations occur as a result of gluttonous submissions to our inherently selfish flesh; whereas, when we satisfy the wants of our spirit instead, we truly begin walking the greater path God calls us to walk.
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