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From: "Randal Matheny" <randal@...>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 19:20:17 -0300
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COLUMN: Decisions

Spiritual Is
by J. Randal Matheny, editor

Spirituality focuses upon doing the whole will of
God and in teaching other to do so as well. Jesus'
Great Commission points up the task of the
disciple is to "observe all that I have commanded
you," and to teach the converts to do the same.
Just as in his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said our
righteousness must surpass (and certainly be of a
completely different kind) that of the scribes and
Pharisees, and he who keeps and teaches the least
of the commandments will be called great in the
kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:19-22).

The spirit of Deuteronomy 5:27-33 (who will go
read it?) should reign in our hearts, for it does
not represent the attitude of legalism nor law.
Hence it still applies today.

God sighed! Here is what he wants: speak all, keep
all commandments, always, with the whole heart,
walk in all his way. This is spirituality and
holiness, to be devoted wholly to the Lord God and
to love him with all one's heart, soul, mind, and
strength.

To be spiritual is to be led by the Spirit, to
walk by the Spirit, to hear and obey the Spirit as
he speaks the word of Jesus. The New Testament
does not often use the word "spiritual," but see
these texts that refer to the actions of the
spiritual person.

We might say that, among other things, spiritual
is:

1. Correcting an erring brother in the spirit of
   meekness, Galatians 6:1.

2. Recognizing the apostolic, authoritative
   Scripture, instead of being a religious
   maverick and innovating new, disorderly
   practices in the church, 1 Corinthians 14:37-
   38.

3. Appraising all things by the words of the
   Spirit, rather than elevating favorite
   preachers or personal opinions, 1 Corinthians
   2:15.

Spiritual is, indeed, walking according to the
Spirit's direction in the way of the Lord. The
spiritual mindset is reflected in the decision of
Ezra.

"For Ezra has set his heart to study the law of
the Lord, and to practice it, and to teach His
statues and ordinances in Israel," Ezra 7:10,
NASB.

Such a one as this is spiritual.

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