Have you ever heard someone say “We’re not humans having a spiritual experience we’re spirits having a human experience?” Most of the time you talk with someone about their spiritual life they will say something like “Well, I’m not perfect I’m only human.” Yes we are human, but we’re not “only” human we are spirit joined to The Spirit in human form.
We are so used to living our lives as if we’re down here on the earth, and God is somewhere way out there. It seems most of the time we forget that God has already covered all the ground between us by becoming a man in Jesus Christ. He was born of a woman, lived a completely human life and had all the same temptations we do. In fact when you read the gospels it seems he relished being human so much that most of the time he referred to himself as “the Son of Man.” We might go as far to say; he loved being human. In fact, Jesus Christ is still a human even now as he sits at the right hand of the Father. So what’s wrong with being human?
Haven’t you ever found yourself thinking “I can’t wait to get to heaven so all my earthly trials and troubles will be over?” Don’t misunderstand me, I long for that day myself but what about now? In a sense we are already there aren’t we? Ephesians 2:6 tells us God “has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Wow! This, I think, is why we are told “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” At the very moment our human heart stops beating we are present with him. I don’t think we’re going to have to travel some infinite distance to arrive because we are already there; we just have to shed this earthly realm for a heavenly one that is already right here, right now.
Part of what happens to us after being born again is God starts the process of renewing our minds. In a sense it takes place at the moment of rebirth but then we tend to have to catch up with it. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2 “We have the mind of Christ.” How much would change in us if we only walked in all that God has given us?
The mind of Christ is defined for us in Philippians 2 where it says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Wow! That type of mind is divine. This isn’t the way a mere human sees things is it? No, without the Spirit of God, we pretty much buy into the idea that we are number 1 and everything and everybody is here for us. We are the center of the universe and it all revolves around “Me.” It takes a miracle for us to get out of ourselves and start putting the needs of others before us. Only in Christ is it possible.
Jesus, even though he was God, on purpose made himself a servant and took on the likeness of man. If that wasn’t enough he went even further and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Did you catch that? Even though he was equal to God himself, the creator and sustainer of the whole universe, he lowered himself even to the point of dying on a cross. It’s difficult to even attempt to understand such a thing. This is love on a level not attainable by mere mortals.
Upon our being born again we receive the Spirit of God, and he lives his life in and through us with that same, others first, mind. Our problem is we have always lived with putting our wants and desires first so there is quite the reversal that takes place within us. We begin to have a little bit of a tussle between our “spirit to Spirit union” and our old ways of seeing things. There is absolutely no doubt that we are joined to Christ and his servant heart, but our old ways of seeing things tend to want to take back over. This is why walking in the Spirit is the only way.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being human. The problem occurs when we are joined to the “spirit of error” the “prince of the power of the air—that works in the children of disobedience.” Being human has never been wrong but being a spirit joined to the “I will exalt myself spirit of the world” is the problem. Therefore being born again is actually an exchange of inner dwellers and in turn an exchange of minds. “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” So you see it really has to do with our minds and how we see ourselves. If we continue to see ourselves as “in the flesh” we will continue to walk after the flesh but if we just see ourselves as “in the Spirit” we will walk after the Spirit. Our real self is spirit joined to Spirit and we really do have all that God promises us in Christ.
Written by Louie