Being “Spiritual”-What Does That Mean?

Let me draw your attention to a portion of two verses: First, I Corinthians 2:15. “….he that is spiritual….” Second, Galatians 6:1. “….ye which are spiritual….” What does it mean to be “Spiritual?” Only those who are actually born again can be “Spiritual.” When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit enters our inner being (our hearts) and begins His work in us. At that moment, we have the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:9, we are told: “…. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” So, if we have the Holy Spirit, the next logical question is: how much does He have of us? Paul wrote the Ephesian church this charge: Be being filled with the Spirit! (From Ephesians 5:18). Far too many Christians believe that some kind of an emotional encounter with the Holy Spirit has to occur to give assurance that we are filled. While joyous and/or profound emotion may be experienced, that is not evidence! The evidence is an increasing knowledge of, and application of, God’s Word in and through our lives. Are we open to the Holy Spirit’s control? Is the Holy Spirit, using the Scriptures, motivating consecration and obedience in us? Once again, Eliza E. Hewitt gives us important understanding in this portion of her hymn, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Think on these words: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come, Spirit of pow’r!  Oh, come in Thy fulness this God-given hour; to Thee be surrendered each feeling and tho’t, and now in our souls be Thy will freely wrought. Come, Holy Spirit, Come, Spirit of love, baptize us with fire from the altars above; Oh, help us sink lower down, down at the cross, there cleanse Thou our hearts from defilement and dross.” Selah! Only as we are filled with, and are being disciplined by, the Word of God can we be “Spiritual!”    Ron

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