Improving Our Spiritual Understanding.
Theme: Are you a Natural man or a Spiritual man?
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…”(1Cor 2:14)
We bless the name of the Lord for the insight and spiritual understanding in the word of God. We bless the Holy One of Israel. There is none like Him.
Brethren, this week the Lord wants us to be conscious of our spiritual connection to Him through obedience, righteousness, holiness & purity. Who is a natural man? He is a man who is spiritually DISCONNECTED from God. He may still be going to Church regularly. He may still be worshipping God.
Please note that women are inclusive as there is no gender difference in the spirit realm. In Christ Jesus, “there is neither male nor female”(Gal 3:28).
Disobedience and sin has the capacity to disconnect man from God in Christ. Yes, our sins separate us from God (Isa 59:1-2). This was what happened to Adam & Eve, Samson, king Saul etc. This would have been the case of David but for his quick repentance and crying to God in penitence. Stay CONNECTED with God in holiness so that you will be led by the Spirit. Only those led by the Spirit of God are sons of God(Rm 8:16).
Recently I read in the Nigeriaworld ( news website about Nigeria), a man of God explaining and arguing that it was Adam that sinned and fell and NOT man, as the word “man” is a generic term. He argued that man did not FALL and that if man did fall, Jesus would not keep referring to himself as “the Son of Man” ( Matt 9:6).
The truth is that no single individual has monopoly of knowledge of things of God. Only the Holy Spirit Himself is all knowing (Omniscience). True, Jesus while on earth kept referring to himself as the Son of man. He was the Son of the spiritual man, not the natural man that has fallen. He came down from heaven where he had existed with his Father in the beginning; his physical birth through virgin Mary was only symbolic. When the angel announced his coming birth to his virgin mother Mary, she could not imagine how, hence she was reassured:
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”.
The truth as clearly stated in our memory verse is that there is a natural man and there is a spiritual man. The first ( Adam) came from the earth, while the second man ( Jesus, the last Adam) came from heaven. The Word says: “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” (1Cor 15:45).
Adam being the first man on earth was an embodiment of man at the time. According to the word of God, he was initially formed natural, until God breathed His Spirit into him, he became spiritual and divine being. He named all the animals God created (Genesis 2:20). He lost his spiritual and divine nature when he disobeyed God, hence became a ” natural man”. This is exactly what disobedience and sin does to every born again Christian or any man of God, no matter how anointed unless he is wise enough to go on his knees and plea like king David did. Despite David sinning against God, he never lost his spiritual connection with God. Indeed, the blind Bartimaeus referred to Jesus as the “Son of David(Mark 10:47).
Adam was formed naturally before being made spiritual. The Word says:
“Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (1Cor 15:46-47).
To retain your spiritual connection with a Holy God, you must embrace purity, righteousness and holiness.
Apostle Paul explains further that a natural man is carnally minded. His thoughts, words and actions are in opposition to the Spirit:
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would ( Gal 5:16-17).
In conclusion, the spiritual man died in Adam the moment he sinned against God through disobedience, though he was still physically alive and breathing but now he was operating as a natural man. Glory be to God that Jesus restored man back to glory, and we know from the Scripture that the Holy Spirit never departed from Jesus.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”( Romans 5:19). Please note that many were made sinners through ” one man’s disobedience”. When Adam disobeyed God, man fell, but man got restored in Christ Jesus. Despite referring to himself as the Son of man, Jesus never existed as a “natural man” at any time. Jesus was spiritual right from his womb. I stand to be corrected.
It shall be well with you this 2015 in Jesus precious name. Amen.
To grow spiritually increasingly requires daily meditation in the word of God, with total fear of God. Train yourself to be godly…(Tim 4:7-8, NIV)
Prayer: There is someone reading this message , may you receive the grace to stay connected to God in Christ through obedience, righteousness, purity and holiness in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
A Call To Salvation!
If you have read this message by chance, but you are undecided or have no clarity whether you want to give your life to Christ. I would encourage you to give it a trial. Please, pray this prayer with us:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I confess all my sins to you right now. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift and joy of eternal life. I ask you to come into my heart and life right now and be my Lord and Saviour. Lord, please write my name in the book of Life. I promise to sincerely surrender ALL to you and serve you diligently always from now on, in Jesus name I have prayed. Amen”. Congratulations! You are now spiritually regenerated and “born again” in Christ Jesus. We would encourage you to join any Word based Church of your choice. Please, be prayerful in choosing one. We would recommend the nearest branch of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Yours in the Vineyard of Jesus Christ. Ben Bassey, Iyobosa, Princess Esther & the MOW family.
Dr Ben Bassey is a practicing psychiatrist in the UK & a spiritual health counselor, who ministers to people regularly through the MOW and AHF.
In the Ministry Of the Word (MOW)-Acts 6:4, we primarily encourage and empower believers to be rich in the words of God: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col 3:16
). The entrance of the WORD is the true source of LIGHT in a dark world(Ps 119:130). We also encourage believers to speak to one another “in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs(Eph 5:19
). We encourage everyone to “seek first the kingdom of God his righteousness”..Matt 6:33
We stress that: Righteousness exalts a person (Prov 14:34
). We emphasize that pure Christianity is about True Spirituality in Christ Jesus. We emphasize that the POWER in the blood of Jesus has set us FREE from all forms of bondage, ignorance, disease and that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2Cor 3:17
). Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1; Rev 19:13
). We emphasise that Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6). The words of God are spirit & are Life(John 6:63). We stress that the word of God is the only truth that can sanctify man (John 17:17). We allow the Scriptures to answer all questions. We avoid the dilution, misinterpretation or deliberate corruption of the words of God. We create the awareness that Jesus has made all true believers kings and priests unto God and his Father(Rev 1:6). That the basis for our highest anointing is loving righteousness and hating iniquity (Hebrews 1:9). In addition, aside from soul winning, as a spiritual body, we also empower unbelievers with knowledge using the principles of our Lord Jesus Christ with the understanding that when they witness the power of the living God, they will be compelled to believe and exalt His holy name (Psalm 46:10).
One major objective of MOW is to increasingly improve everyone’s spiritual understanding! Spiritual ignorance is a major cause of human destruction(Hosea 4:6). Indeed, many children of God have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge (Isa 5:13
). Indeed, “through knowledge shall the just be delivered” (Prov 11:9). We are established by the righteousness in the word of God (Isa 54:14).
Please note that the MOW is an initiative and the spiritual arm of Abasi Health Foundation (AHF). AHF is a registered NGO in Nigeria , with the primary objective of empowering all groups of people to optimize their health. It is aimed at encouraging everyone to have increasing awareness of three broad levels of health: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. May God give you the grace of increasing understanding in Jesus Name. Amen. Websites: http//www.ministryoftheword.org
All scriptures are taken from KJV, unless if otherwise specified.
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