MBS136 WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL LIFE? A DEFINITION

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MBS136 WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL LIFE? A DEFINITION
By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

1. Regeneration

The first factor is regeneration. The term “regeneration” means, “to be born again.” It means, “to have salvation.” Obviously, living the spiritual life presupposes that one has been regenerated, that one has been saved. An unbeliever simply cannot live the spiritual life. Only a believer can develop the spiritual life and, therefore, the first factor is salvation or regeneration.

2. The Holy Spirit

The second factor in spirituality is the Holy Spirit; it is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to live the spiritual life. In fact, the word “spiritual” relates this life to the Holy Spirit; indeed, He is involved in five different ways in our spiritual life. First, the Holy Spirit teaches us spiritual truths (Jn. 16:12–15). Secondly, the Holy Spirit is involved in guiding us (Rom. 8:14). Thirdly, He gives us assurance of our salvation (Rom. 8:16). Fourthly, He is praying for us (Rom. 8:26–27). And fifth, He is the One who gives us the spiritual gifts for the growth of the local Body (1 Cor. 12:4–7).

3. Time

The third factor in spirituality is time; it takes time to reach the stage described by 1 Corinthians 2:15 as he that is spiritual. Just as physical development takes time, so spiritual development also takes time. No one is spiritual the day he is born again. Thus, it takes time to become spiritual.

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MBS136 WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL LIFE? A DEFINITION
By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

A. The Three Factors in Spirituality

1. Regeneration

2. The Holy Spirit

3. Time

B. The Key Concept

C. The Definition

I. THE SIX RAMIFICATIONS

A. New Believers

B. Maturity

C. Backsliding

D. Stages of Growth

E. Areas of the Spiritual Life

F. Duration of Babyhood

II. THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF SPIRITUALITY

A. Spirituality is Evident in the Believer

B. Spirituality Will Be Seen in the Believer’s Home

C. Spirituality is Seen in Participation in Church Fellowship

III. THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD—1 CORINTHIANS 2:9–3:4

A. Divine Revelation Now Given Through the Written Word—1 Corinthians 2:9

B. The Illuminating Ministry of the Holy Spirit—1 Corinthians 2:10–11

C. The Indwelling Ministry of the Holy Spirit—1 Corinthians 2:10

D. The Divine Wisdom Hidden in Scripture—1 Corinthians 2:13

E. The Classification of Men—1 Corinthians 2:14–3:4

1. The Natural Man

2. The Spiritual Man

3. The Babes in Christ

4. The Carnal Man

IV. THE CONTRAST BETWEEN BABYHOOD AND MATURITY—HEBREWS 5:11–14

A. The Difference in Understanding—Hebrews 5:11

1. The Test

2. The Obligation

B. The Differences in Position—Hebrews 5:12

1. The Test

2. The Obligation

C. The State of Babyhood and Carnality—Hebrews 5:13

1. The Test

2. The Obligation

D. The State of Spirituality and Maturity—Hebrews 5:14

1. The Test

2. The Obligation

But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:10