10 Basic Points for Spiritual Understanding
Do you want to understand more about God?
Do you want to receive the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit?
Do you want to be empowered by the Holy Spirit?
Do you want to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit?
Do you want to be led by the Holy Spirit?
Is that what you want? If so, then let’s get started on laying a foundation for spiritual understanding. Here are 12 quick points on spiritual truth:
1. God is a Spirit
John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This is what God is – a spirit being.
2. We are spirit beings, made in His image.
Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
This is who we are as God’s children – spirit beings.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul prays, “May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless…”
You are a 3-part being
· You are a spirit.
· You have a soul (mind, emotions, willful reasoning)
· You live in a body.
The spirit is eternal. We will live forever – either with God in heaven or in hell with Satan and his demons.
The body, as we know it now, is temporary. We will be given a new glorified body when we leave our earthly one.
3. God is Life
Deuteronomy 30:20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life …
God is our source of life and the continuing supply of it. He is both creator and sustainer. There is no other source of supply of life in the universe – God is it.
To have God’s life, we must be in a union with Him where we live in dependence upon Him.
Acts 17:28 “for in Him we live and move and have our being…”
4. Sin is self-sufficient behavior
The enemy’s temptation was not just about breaking a rule, it was about separation from the relationship of reliance upon God.
Satan cast doubt on God’s character, accusing God of desiring control over Adam and Eve, questioning if He was telling them the truth about eating fruit from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The biggest lie ever told was when Satan told Adam and Eve, “If you stop relying on God and doing what He tells you to do, then you can be like Him. You don’t need Him. You can be in control (paraphrased).”
5. Sin separated us
Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God.”
When we resist our dependent relationship, we turn from God, and we turn from life. God told Adam, “If you eat from this tree, dying you will die (from original language in Genesis 2:17).” There was a spiritual death, but also a dying of the body, as well as a degeneration of the soul.
Sin separates us from God and life.
6. Spiritual and natural death are the result of sin
Turning away from God involves a twisting of the intended design God had for us. It is interesting the Latin root for wicked is “twist.” When Adam turned from reliance on God, he twisted away from God. We also see this Latin root in the twisted wick of a candle or the twisted reeds in a wicker basket.
To be separated from God and life caused spiritual and natural death.
Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
That sinful nature has passed to every person ever born.
Romans 5:8 all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
What Satan didn’t tell Adam and Eve was that if they left God’s union, they would enter into a union with him. He became our authority. As guilty offenders, Satan held us in his power and in his death. Every human being born was born into sin and death.
7. Jesus removed the penalty of sin
Jesus was not born into sin and death because He was born of God. Mary was the woman chosen to carry God’s Son and birth Him into the world.
Why was it important that Jesus be born as a human at all? In order for the human race to be released from our penalty, a ransom had to be paid, the ransom of a sinless human life. Once that price was paid, the debt was cancelled, making a way for people to choose whether they wanted to come back to God or not.
Jesus was born to die.
Colossians 2:14 “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
8. Our spirit can be recreated with God’s life
If we choose to enter back into a union with God and to switch from Satan’s authority to God’s authority, God will again give us His life. His life takes our sinful nature, our spirit, and recreates it into one like His. The ONLY reason a person goes to heaven instead of hell is because he or she has changed allegiance from Satan’s authority to God’s.
2 Corinthians 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
John 3:3 “You must be born again.”
To begin to understand spiritual truth, to become spiritually-minded, we have to have a heart change, a spirit change.
The spirit will change, but the body and the soul remain unchanged at the point of salvation. The Bible refers to the soul and body as “the flesh.”
How to be saved
Salvation is a reconciliation back into union with God, and the ONLY way to come back to God is through surrender to Christ. We must decide to serve Him instead of serving Satan. We will serve one or the other.
Romans 10:9-10 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Here is a simple way to put it:
· ACCEPT forgiveness through surrender and repentance.
· BELIEVE Jesus died and rose again to pay the penalty of our sins.
· CONFESS His Lordship over our lives.
We bring ourselves under, and then He brings us in.
9. Holy Spirit indwells the born-again believer
Once the heart is recreated, the Spirit of God comes to live on the inside of us.
If we want to be spiritually minded, we need the connection with the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may abide with you forever – 17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be IN you.”
Don’t expect to understand God without the Holy Spirit. Don’t expect the world to understand God without the Holy Spirit.
10. We can grow spiritually
Once we are born-again, we can begin to grow (mature, develop) spiritually.
I Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow.”
There are many ways we can grow spiritually. As listed above, one is the Word of God, which would include Bible reading, meditation and study on the Scripture, listening to the pastor’s message, and listening to anointed Bible teachers. Lining our thoughts, attitudes and behaviors up with the Word of God in obedience to God’s will help renew and reprogram how we think, feel, and act. If we want to be spiritually-minded, then we need to put our mind on spiritual things. This includes guarding our minds by giving ourselves boundaries on what we listen to and watch.
Experience also helps us to grow in our understanding, so spiritual experiences in prayer, worship, ministry under the anointing, and serving are other ways we can grow in the spirit and think the way God thinks.