The spirit is the immaterial part of humans that has the capacity to relate to God. Outside of Christ, a person is spiritually dead and is unable to relate to God.
Before a person has spiritual life, he is a slave to sin and spiritually dead. Because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, every person is cursed with a sin nature, estrangement from God, and a predilection to live contrary to God’s will. Jesus is the only way to receive forgiveness for sin and to gain spiritual life.
The spiritual life of a believer compels him or her to grow in the things of God and to apply God’s truth to life. The extent of growth in a person’s spiritual life is determined by the extent to which he allows the Holy Spirit to lead and control his life instead of living in the flesh.
True spiritual life is produced by the Spirit working in and through the believer. It is not produced by self-effort, nor is it a life lived in gratification of the flesh. A born-again believer who is controlled by the Holy Spirit will exhibit a consistent spiritual walk based on God’s Word.
Title: The Bigger Picture
– Apostle Arome Osayi