Previous Chapter: Those Who Deny Christ
Here we will explore a generalized view of the spiritual birth mentioned in Christian scripture. It is a teaching of the gospel that a person’s perspectives and understandings change as we become more and more spiritually alive. In regards, when we are only alive in the flesh, all we see is in terms of the flesh. However, when we become spiritually minded, we take upon ourselves a higher spiritual perspective. Accordingly then, in this spiritual perspective, we see the ways which are truly worldly, and we see the ways which are truly spiritual. We see the ways of the world, and we see the various ways our Spiritual Father intended to inspire His diverse creation to find Him.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Wherein we overcome our carnality, we take part in the physical death of Christ. Wherein we become led by the Spirit, we take part in the resurrection of Christ. So forth, as we come to battle the passions of our flesh, we confess, through a higher action than verbal confession, we believe in the Christ. Furthermore, when we take upon ourselves the higher morality of creation, which is service to life and loving one another through giving of self, we take upon ourselves the worship of the spiritual life of Christ. So then, in our flesh, we perceive the death of flesh, and, in our spirit, we perceive the new life of the flesh which calls us to abide in the spiritual laws of life.
…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Now, when we were carnally minded and dead in our flesh, we needed a carnal device to overcome this death. For those spiritual who are Christians, that carnal device was the physical sacrifice and death of Christ. In being blind in our flesh, we were blind to the truth, and all our truth was by our immediate perception alone. However, when we became alive by the Spirit – through abiding in Spirit – we began to see beyond the limits of our worldly perception. As a result we saw the higher kingdom beyond our natural carnal obstructions.
…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Because we were blind to this kingdom and saw existence only through the eyes of the world, we were lost. However, when we were made dead to the world and anew in a higher spiritual awareness, we saw existence through the eyes of the Spirit. In this we became inspired with purpose, love, spiritual law, peace, and unity, for these are the absolutes of God’s eternal kingdom. In regards, we see religion as a carnal device for those who live in the flesh and spirituality as a spiritual device for those who live in the Spirit. Where those in religion are divided, those in the Spirit are one.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Because it is higher faith alone which brought us to the family of the Spirit, all loving faith based on a spiritual foundation should then be encouraged. Where we don’t truly have both perfect knowledge and absolute evidence to support our claim to perfect knowledge, we accordingly have no justified reason to ever dismiss another purely according to the difference of their faith. In no way can such an act ever be considered an act of love, but only one of bigotry and malice ultimately described as arrogant.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
-1 John 4:8
Therefore, where we are in the Spirit, we must simultaneously accept all peaceful religious and spiritual teachings as being sufficient in themselves. In accordance, where we embrace the joy of our unique identity, we embrace the joy others embrace in their unique identity also. Inasmuch as where the nature of the flesh is to seek conformity and homogeneity, the nature of the spiritual is to conversely seek – underneath the law of love – freedom, equality, individuality, and tolerance. As such, through wisdom the spiritual see, doing so gives them the greatest opportunity to receive their greatest opportunity for these rights as well.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
-2 Corinthians 5:17
Where all those who walk upright in new life have died to their sins, all those who do so are both born of and matured in the Spirit of God. Language is irrelevant here as these are the manifestations written in the word for Christians to understand. While it is about absolutes, these absolutes are primarily spiritual being of intangible accord. Naturally, in our walk with God, that should likewise be our greatest focus.
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