There are Kind people, Sacrificial people, Committed people, Knowledgeable people, Articulate or Persuasive or Bright and Clear-Thinking people.
There are Patient people, Forgiving people, Joyful people, Resilient people, Persevering people
And then there are SPIRITUAL PEOPLE.
“You who are SPIRITUAL…”
“You are like mere men, but we have the Mind of Christ.”
One can be Kind, Sacrificial, Committed, Knowledgeable, Articulate or Persuasive or Bright and Clear-Thinking, Patient, Forgiving, Joyful, Resilient, and Persevering….
AND, as WONDERFUL AND DESIREABLE AS THESE QUALITIES ARE… One can have them all, AND STILL NOT BE SPIRITUAL!
A Spiritual man or woman will surely exhibit qualities above in ever-increasing measure.
A SPIRITUAL man or woman is one who… touches and lives in the unseen realm and tangible friendship with God and learns from, and senses, and experiences, and participates in unseen thoughts, and wisdom and power.
Maybe all of the best character qualities coincide with the Spiritual man or woman. Maybe such a man or woman seldom makes a mistake. Or, perhaps—as with David or Abraham or Moses or Paul, there is a gap, here and there.
But David, and Abraham, Peter, Moses, Elijah, Thomas and Paul… touched God and lived across the Realm and Divides of time and of space and of dimension and of form and substance.
They, and other SPIRITUAL men and women through the ages KNEW GOD as a PERSON. They knew Him and know Him in the inner man.
They lived and moved and had their being, in Him. He was and is… their all-in-all.
A Spiritual man or woman can literally
Taste the Powers of the Coming Age,
Participating in the GodHead and the Divine Nature.
Spiritual Life breathes and swims in the Power of an Indestructible Life. This Alone is truly Life to the Full—Joy inexpressible and full of Glory.
Spirit-Life is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.
Spirit-Life is not a matter of mere words, but of power.
Spirit-Life can be mimicked by personality and knowledge and word-crafting and self-discipline and effort and external qualities.
But feigned Spirit-Life will only be convincing to the un-Spiritual.
Everyone else will know.
Spirit-Life is shared Life with the Messiah, the Son of the God, the Living.
THE ETERNAL LIFE: Jesus, the Christ of God.
The free Gift of God.
Thundering Rivers of Living Water in the inner man: for all who REALLY Believe.
The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands.
He is Jesus Christ, the Word of Life.
This one who is Life from God was shown to us, and we have seen Him.
And now we testify and announce to you that He is the one who is Eternal Life. He was with the Father, and then He was shown to us.
We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing these things so that your joy will be complete (1 John 1:1-4).