Depart From Me!
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 1 Sunday
The last paragraph states;
“Whatever his faults, and they are many, Peter was a spiritual man who was ready to follow the Lord, regardless of the cost.”
What does this mean? What does it mean to be spiritual?
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: 1st Corinthians 2:14,15
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8:6-8
What does this mean? Why is the mind of the sinful man death and the mind controlled by the Spirit life? What is the basis of life? God’s law of love, which we partake from the Spirit.
But the sinful man doesn’t submit to God’s law, what does this mean?
So what does it mean to be spiritual? It means to be reborn from a life of fear and selfishness to a life of trust and love, in which one practices the principles of truth, love and liberty—the methods of God as enabled by the Spirit.
Do we see that Peter became such a person? Yes!
Was Peter right on every point of doctrine? No! Paul had to correct him, yet he was still a spiritual man—how do we know? Because he responded to truth, he accepted correction when the correction was in harmony with the truth and Peter was not. In other words, Peter after conversion did not suddenly become omniscient and know all realities, but had a heart that loved God and God’s principles and thus was open to being corrected.
The unconverted man isn’t willing to step back, allow the Spirit of truth and love to enlighten, bring to conviction and then willingly choose to apply what the Spirit has revealed.
This is true today—are we “saved” by getting the right doctrines? Are we saved by obeying the right rituals? Are we saved by trusting Jesus and experiencing a change in heart motive so that we follow where He leads, value His methods and choose His principles?
Much of Christianity, because of accepting the false law lens, has fallen into the trap of believing that salvation is dependent upon getting the definitions right, the doctrines right, the rituals right, the behaviors right, rather than getting the heart right!
But it has always been about transforming the heart, healing the inner being back into God’s original ideal. When Christ returns there will be millions saved who have errors in their understanding of Bible facts, who disagree on various interpretations of Scripture, but none will be saved who harbor selfishness and lies while rejecting love and a hunger for truth.
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