THE HUMAN SPIRIT (Part 5)
| We educate ourselves and become aware of what God wants us to be and do when we read the Bible, but to be nourished by the same Bible we need to go beyond just reading it by feeding on it.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow.
1 Peter 2: 2
Apostle Peter admonishes us that as new born babies, who depend on breast milk to enhance their physical growth, so also should new born again Christians desire the sincere milk of the Word of God for their spiritual growth and development. For new believers at this level, Scripture interpretation may be limited only to words and their direct meanings. God does not want us to remain spiritual babies forever. He wants us to grow in strength and spiritual sensibility. That is why the Scripture introduces us to the next level of spiritual growth, moving away from milk to strong meat.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5: 12-14
To maintain consistent spiritual growth, there should be a time in one’s life that he graduates from the sincere milk of the Word to strong meat. The strong meat of the Word of God, which ensures our spiritual fitness goes far beyond the thoughts and facts expressed in the Bible. The Bible does not just contain facts and thoughts. On the surface are the words, underneath the surface are the thoughts and behind the thoughts is the spirit. Thoughts, impressions and understanding gotten from reading the Word of God are good but unfortunately not enough. Our spiritual food, the rich content of God’s Word which is needed for our spiritual growth can only be imparted into our spirit when we go deeper than thoughts and impressions.
But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4: 4
The spiritual food for our spirit, the nourishment we need for spiritual soundness and health can only be tapped into when we begin to assimilate the Word from the mouth of the Lord. We have to feed on the word until it gains entrance into our human spirit.
The way our human spirit absorbs the truth of the Word from our mind is how the osmosis principle functions. Osmosis simply means a gradual process of assimilation or absorption of knowledge unconsciously. Scientifically, it is the process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semi- permeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one. From this definition, we can say that our mind serves as a semi-permeable membrane through which the Word of God, ideas and knowledge are absorbed into our spirit.
The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart.
Hebrew 4: 12, GNB
The Bible says, the Word of God cuts all the way through, to where the soul and spirit meet. The part of the word that penetrates to this point is not the letter.
For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 3: 6
There is a point where the soul and spirit meet. The part of God’s Word that cuts all the way through to this point and beyond is not letters, thoughts, facts and impressions but the spirit part of the Word. That part of the Word is alive and active, and until our human spirit begins to capture this part of the Word we will remain malnourished spiritually.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 6: 63