Pristine Grace

Spiritual or Physical?
by Scott Price
Spiritual or Physical?

"And this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." Hebrews 12:27-28

    False religion is always thinking of salvation more on the physical side more than spiritual. They are constantly putting forth sincere EFFORT by DOING, MERITING, EARNING, and WORKING. Most of these things are something you can know by the physical senses.

    God given faith looks with a spiritual eye and sees that which is eternal and invisible. The kingdom of God is an invisible kingdom. It cannot be seen with the physical eye. This is why the natural man cannot get satisfaction from it. This is why Man thinks he needs physical "helps" like the altar call/invitation system, to stir him in his religion. This is how men can take something good, like baptism or the Lord's Supper that has a spiritual purpose, and pervert it into a meritorious system of salvation by works.

    The natural man (unregenerate) is always confusing the physical with the spiritual. Nicodemus thought Christ was talking about a physical birth when He said, "Ye must be born again." The woman at the well thought Christ was talking about H2O when He spoke of "living waters." Shortly after that she started talking about the best PHYSICAL PLACE to worship was. Christ told her "Ye worship ye know not what." This is when He made the statement about God having to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. Next Christ told a religious group they needed to "search the scriptures for in THEM ye think ye have eternal life but THEY are they which testify of Me." Another time He told a religious group "I am the bread of life......he that eateth of this bread shall live forever." They thought He was talking about physical bread. Christ said "the words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." Christ spoke of Himself as "the door." After that it says; "But they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them."

    Christ said of God the Father; "Ye have neither heard His voice at any time or seen His shape." How many today have an idolatrous view of God. Is He an old man with a long white beard sitting in a rocking chair, that loves everybody, giving away gifts to all that ask (kind of like Santa Claus). God is spirit and is to be worshipped with the heart (the mind, will, and affections). This is done through the means of the truth. A person CANNOT KNOW GOD APART FROM TRUTH ABOUT HIM. The scripture says that eternal life is to know God (John 17:3). The truth of God is revealed by the Spirit of God through means of the gospel.

    Most people think of eternal life as "Heaven", whatever they think that is. On TV, Heaven has many white fluffy clouds, people walking around with white toga robes on with halos atop their head, and baby angles flying all around. Eternal life is a spiritual state that a person is in. A person does not wait to get eternal life after they die. Those that are in this state are there by regeneration and the Spirit converts their hearts to see, through faith, those things that cannot be seen by sight. The main thing that is seen by faith is the ground of justification; The imputed righteousness of Christ based on His effectual, successful, redemption for His people. These people who are in the spiritual state of eternal life do NOT say; "BUT SURELY THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WE MUST DO!" They are assured that the work is already done and they are satisfied in trusting that promise. That is something that will stand and cannot ever be moved. All material things as well as self righteous efforts will not last but rather will burn.