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Each of the chapters in this section are intended to communicate an abridged understanding of the genesis of Christian Spirituality. For this chapter, we will primarily discuss what scripture says what spirit and 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 minded individuals cannot ‘see’ or ‘enter’ the Lord’s kingdom is because His kingdom exists beyond the reaches of basic perception. So forth, where our physical being seeks physical stimulation, it will not be able to perceive that which is otherwise.
As well, where Heaven is eternal, only that which is also of everlasting continuance can ever endure to truly circumnavigate and understand its territory. Rightfully 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 born of Spirit, we may know what is beyond the world. Therefore all truth on God and His qualities must come from His Spirit, and all understanding 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 paradigms.
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 our flesh and the 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 His 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 to the Father. These very acts, which are sin producing death, would also be included as part of the very thing scripture was written to expose. In essence, that the things of the flesh will perish as the flesh perish, and the things of the Spirit will endure as the things of the Spirit endure.
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 insatiable nature of our flesh. As it would be, failure to adequately do so would then yield formation to the body of Sin.
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 morality 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 His 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 according to His intention.
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 inwardly, for the commandments bear the same origin as the Spirit which fills us. However, the law was never made for the flesh because it, being rebellious to God, is unlike His 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 highest state of living in His Spirit is to be free from all our flesh’s failings into temptation, destructive compulsions, addictions, and fear dominated behavior. Because His Spirit is perfect and eternal, being of God born by God, in Him we can follow without fail any instruction our spiritual Father may impart. In such a way, it is therefore only in fully abiding in the Spirit that we may be able to walk as God made us to do so. In all that we are and can be, without doubt, our greatest limitations occur as a result of needless submissions to inherently flawed desires; 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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“That Which is Born of the Spirit” © 2016 Matthew L Ainsworth
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