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BOOK: The Deeper Christian Life by Andrew Murray
Blogging Notes: III. CARNAL OR SPIRITUAL? – Part I
“And Peter went out and wept bitterly.” — Luke 22:62
This week’s text is a reminder of our weakness and inability to do anything in the flesh without the power and working of Christ. We, as sinners, are saved by grace and grace alone, are spiritually made new in Christ and that “newness” requires us to be obedient children, not fashioning ourselves as we walked formerly in the flesh but rather “walking in the Spirit” in the “newness of life” that depicts our inward man, the spirit of Christ. When Christ calls us into His Kingdom and we are born again, we are made into spiritual men and women and given the Holy Spirit and the power to love, obey and serve God. Our struggle against sin and the flesh (our natural man) will always be with us in this life and thus as children of God we must constantly, without ceasing, pray, be diligent in our calling as Christians, use wise discernment in our behavior, obey all things that are required by the Word of God, repent, confess and walk according to His Word.
Once we are saved by His grace, we are no longer carnal but spiritual as His Word so beautifully tells us. Thus, we are spiritual and our Christian walk must reflect that spirituality in total. It is His salvation, His grace, His ability and gifts that enable us to stand strong against the “wiles” of the “flesh and devil” and our own sinful falling away is of our own flesh. He has told us when we have “done all that we are commanded to do, we are still unprofitable servants” and the story of Peter’s falling into sin is a picture of us so that we know that it is only by grace and grace alone, by Christ alone, that we are able to stand. The flesh profits nothing, the spirit is life. We, as His blood-bought and life-giving children must walk daily pressing on for the high mark of obedience knowing that as He has promised, He will keep us by His righteousness until the day of redemption and our homecoming. We are not carnal, nor was Peter, we are sinners saved by grace receiving His righteousness, are indwelled by His Holy Spirit, and kept by His power. We have no righteousness of our own nor can we obtain a honorable perfect life free from sin that would be “spiritually” acceptable but we are called to press toward that mark for the high calling of Christ. We must never believe that by our own works we can obtain righteousness or perfection or seen in the flesh as acceptable in His sight as He has said, those so-called righteous acts are “filthy rags” in His sight. When God sees the believer, He sees Christ and the righteousness of Christ applied to that believer. We then are called to obedience and to “walk in the spirit” to do what is “pleasing in His sight.” May it be that we press toward that goal every moment of every day and when we do not, that we repent, confess and rejoice that our sins are forgiven to be remembered no more. Alleluia, what a Savior!
Did you know that sin and disobedience in the life of the believer is a denial of his relationship with Christ? Think about it as you abhor Peter’s denial of Christ. Do you by your Christian walk and behavior deny Christ daily? Humbling, isn’t it?
“So likewise you, when you shall have done all the things commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants, for we have done what we ought to do.” Luke 17:10