Me without YOU - Part 3
The Importance of the Word in Every Day Life
By David P. Ward
The WORD changes What We Do
We have been in a study of the power of the Word of God in every day life. Can you remember how you lived your life BEFORE you became born again and started GROWING IN GOD?
The WORD OF GOD changes the way we think, what we say, and finally, and what we do. What is it that makes us different than the world? What makes us different than religious people who go to Church?
The difference? It is the power of the Holy Spirit in unveiling the WORD to us! We now can become a SPIRITUAL MAN who is governed by the Word.
A look at the word, PNEUMATIKOS
Definition: All the revelation & resource that is produced among Spirit-filled Believers who yield to the Holy Spirit. A spiritual man who is led by the Holy Spirit. To live by the Spirit. Walking by the Spirit.
A. The operations and activities of the Holy Spirit. Comprehending those things that pertain to and are of the Holy Spirit.
B. The power from Heaven that flows from the throne of God to the earth; specifically to the sons of God.
C. An AFTER Pentecost word’ pneumatikos was never used in the Gospels.
D, Pneumatikos was never used in the Steptuagint. ( the 70 Jewish writers who wrote in the day of Alexander the Great.
In Greek, “spiritual”. Used to refer to a person in whom the element of spirit predominates over the soul and the body (cf. 1 Thess. 5:23; 1 Cor. 2:14-15).
“The spiritual man is one who walks by the Spirit both in the sense of Galatians 5:16 and in that of Galatians 5:25, and, who himself manifests the fruit of the Spirit in his own ways…” - W.E. Vine
“ According to the Scriptures, the “spiritual” state of a soul is normal life for the believer, but to this state all believers DO NOT ATTAIN, nor when it IS attained is it always maintained…” - W.E. Vine
“Thus the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 suggests a contrast between the spiritual state and that of a babe in Christ, i.e., of the man who because of immaturity and inexperience has not yet reached spirituality, and that of the man by permitting jealousy, and the strife to which jealousy always leads, has lost it.” - W.E. Vines
is a spiritual state which is received by diligence in the Word of God and prayer/proseuche. (communion with God)
is a conscious state of maintaining obedience and self judgment. (judging ourselves so we would not be judged with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:29-30)
, men and women in Christ who walk as to please God. (Galatians 6:1)
The Message (MSG)
25-29 First, though, I’m going to Jerusalem to deliver a relief offering to the followers of Jesus there. The Greeks—all the way from the Macedonians in the north to the Achaians in the south—decided they wanted to take up a collection for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. They were happy to do this, but it was also their duty. Seeing that they got in on all the spiritual gifts that flowed out of the Jerusalem community so generously, it is only right that they do what they can to relieve their poverty. As soon as I have done this—personally handed over this “fruit basket”—I’m off to Spain, with a stopover with you in Rome. My hope is that my visit with you is going to be one of Christ’s more extravagant blessings.
Paul was telling the Church of Rome that those Gentiles who were in pneumatikos did the right thing of giving to those in need in Jerusalem. Paul called their GIFT a FRUIT BASKET! What a difference it makes in a believer’s life, when they begin to grow spiritually and are able to SOW into OTHERS!
Me without You,
this series is about how THE WORD has changed our ACTIONS, Our THINKING, and Our WORDS when it comes to planting our finances into the Kingdom of God!
When we are in pneuamtikos, we know its not just about our own needs. In pneumatikos, we live to give…
New International Version (NIV)
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—
Did you get that? The Apostle Paul was telling the Church in Rome there was some spiritual things, pneumatikos, that needed to be imparted into spiritual men. The anointing comes through, revelation, association, and impartation. That is why we need a Pastor. We need mentors. We need to be in a Church to receive impartations. Have you ever noticed how you get when you are “out of Church?” The spiritual energy on the inside of you never stays the same.
1 Corinthians 12:1
12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
1 Corinthians 14:1
14 Follow after charity(agape) , and desire spiritual(pneumatikos) gifts (charisma), but rather that ye may prophesy.
Agape - the God kind of love, seeing people valuable and precious
Pneuamatikos - things pertaining to and of the Holy Ghost
Charisma - endowments of miraculous faculty
1 Corinthians 14:37
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 3:1
3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
a. A spiritual man must have a steady diet of epigknosis/revelation knowledge.
b. There are different levels of revelation knowledge’ milk & also solid food.
c. Those in pneumatikos must maintain a diet of solid food.
6 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
New International Version (NIV)
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
6 Even if a man should be detected in some sin, my brothers, the spiritual ones among you should quietly set him back on the right path, not with any feeling of superiority but being yourselves on guard against temptation.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
1 Peter 2:5
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
<A-1,Adjective,4152,pneumatikos> W.E. VINES EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF N.T. WORDS
"always connotes the ideas of invisibility and of power. It does not occur in the Sept. nor in the Gospels; it is in fact an after-Pentecost word. In the NT it is used as follows: (a) the angelic hosts, lower than God but higher in the scale of being than man in his natural state, are 'spiritual hosts,' Eph. 6:12; (b) things that have their origin with God, and which, therefore, are in harmony with His character, as His law is, are 'spiritual,' Rom. 7:14; (c) 'spiritual' is prefixed to the material type in order to indicate that what the type sets forth, not the type itself, is intended, 1 Cor. 10:3,4; (d) the purposes of God revealed in the gospel by the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor. 2:13, and the words in which that revelation is expressed, are 'spiritual,' 1 Cor. 2:13, matching, or combining, spiritual things with spiritual words [or, alternatively, 'interpreting spiritual things to spiritual men,' see (e) below]; 'spiritual songs' are songs of which the burden is the things revealed by the Spirit, Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 'spiritual wisdom and understanding' is wisdom in, and understanding of, those things, Col. 1:9; (e) men in Christ who walk so as to please God are 'spiritual,' Gal. 6:1; 1 Cor. 2:13 [but see (d) above],15; 3:1; 14:37; (f) the whole company of those who believe in Christ is a 'spiritual house,' 1 Pet. 2:5; (g) the blessings that accrue to regenerate men at this present time are called 'spiritualities,' Rom. 15:27; 1 Cor. 9:11; 'spiritual blessings,' Eph. 1:3; 'spiritual gifts,' Rom. 1:11; (h) the activities Godward of regenerate men are 'spiritual sacrifices,' 1 Pet. 2:5; their appointed activities in the churches are also called 'spiritual gifts,' lit., 'spiritualities,' 1 Cor. 12:1; 14:1; (i) the resurrection body of the dead in Christ is 'spiritual,' i.e., such as is suited to the heavenly environment, 1 Cor. 15:44; (j) all that is produced and maintained among men by the operations of the Spirit of God is 'spiritual,' 1 Cor. 15:46. ...
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