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What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

(Emphasis mine, throughout)

   There are are a number of religious organizations who inform their members that they are the spiritual church of Israel in this day and age. But, do they honestly know what is meant by the Biblical term: “SPIRITUAL”?
   Let us look into this word as it is used in the Scriptures, and see if there could be a physical connotation to it in any way.
   Why we need to do this is to understand that we, being physical in all manner of means, can still be able to apply the spiritual motivation in anything we do or think. I have used Scripture to impart its meaning as far as I can. The first text that comes to mind is Romans 7:14,
For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.
   Read what Matthew 5:19 has to say:
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
   Yet, we being physical, Almighty Father knew we were capable of applying something spiritual in our lives! We are not concerned with religions who teach that the law is done away with, because to anyone with an open and logical mind, that would be a total lie. And, in no way, are we referring to the spiritualistic churches for that type of doctrine is totally contrary to the Word of Yahweh.

Teach The Truth
   The ministry is to teach believers the True Word, pointing to that part of salvation as it is written in Scripture, and by that they shall receive the physical blessings for their daily needs.
They were pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things, Romans 15:27.
We speak of these gifts, not in a language taught by human philosophy, but those which the Holy Spirit teaches, combining spiritual words to men with spiritually opened minds. But the natural man rejects the teachings of the Spirit, for it is nonsense to them, because it takes spiritual insight to see its true value, 1st Corinthians 2:13-14.
I charge thee therefore before Yahweh and the Master Yahshua Messiah, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables, 2 Tim 4:1-4.
I at first, could not talk to you as spiritual people, but had to deal with you on a natural plane. You were as little children in the Faith of Messiah, 1st Corinthians 3:1.
We have been busy planting spiritual seed in you. Is it too much to expect from you a material harvest? (1st Corinthians 9:11).
They all ate of the same spiritual food, 1st Corinthians 10:3. (These were the Words of the Old Testament which we are to ingest through our eyes and ears by study and searching.)
And they all drank the same spiritual drink, 1st Corinthians 10:4. (And they drank of the Spiritual Rock that followed them. This Rock was Messiah.)
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be without understanding, 1st Corinthians 12:11. (We are not to be ignorant of these things.)

Spiritual Gifts
   Spiritual gifts need not be inanimate objects, but they can be. By reading 1st Corinthians chapter 14, one can relate to that statement.
Make love your aim, but still keep cultivating your spiritual gifts. The highest gift you can wish for is to be able to speak the message of Yahweh. When a man speaks with a strange tongue that no man knows, but Yahweh, for no one understands the meaning, yet in spirit he is speaking in mysteries. On the other hand, when a man preaches to his fellow men words that have power to build up faith, they stimulate and encourage them. He who speaks in an unknown language, only encourages himself. But when speaking Yahweh’s Word you will build up faith in the assembly. I would like all of you to know foreign languages, but I would rather have you speaking Yahweh’s Word. The man who speaks with real prophetic insight renders greater service, which is better than speaking in various tongues, unless indeed he can explain its meaning, so build up faith and knowledge in the congregation. Now brothers, if I came and spoke to you in an unknown language, what profit would you have fromit? Unless my words convey some revelation, or some knowledge in spiritual things. Even musical instruments are examples of the need to speak plainly rather than in an unknown language, unless the notes are sounded out clearly, we could not recognize what melody the flute, or harp is playing. For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, how would the army know what to do? So likewise, you, unless you speak with a clear meaning that all who listen may understand, you may as well be speaking to thin air. There are now, and will be many more languages spoken in this world, and none of them fail to convey some meaning. Therefore, if I do not know the words of a speaker, I shall be as a foreigner to him, and he would be a foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager for the gifts of the Spirit, be eager to excel in such as will build up the faith of the assembly. Therefore, let a man who speaks in a foreign language, pray that there is an interpreter to explain his words. If I pray in a strange tongue, my spirit indeed prays, but my words are helping nobody who hears me. What then is my conclusion? I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with a language everybody understands, I will sing with the Spirit, and I will sing in a language we all understand. Or else when you bless with the Spirit, how can the people you are with in the congregation be able to say, “So be it,” since they do not know what you are talking about? You are indeed doing right to give thanks, but your fellow neighbour is not enlightened. I thank my Yahweh, I can speak more foreign languages than all of you. But in the assembly I would rather speak five intelligible words, that by my voice I might teach knowledge to others, rather than a thousand words which no one understands. Brothers, do not be content to think childish thoughts, but to shun evil ways, keep on being children in Yahshua the Messiah, and in your understanding, be mature. In the law it is written, “With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to Me,” says Yahweh. Therefore, languages are for a sign of power for those who do not believe, it is not for those who already believe, while Yahweh’s Word is not meant for the unbeliever. Therefore, if the whole assembly assemble in one place, and all of us speak different languages, then in come those who do not understand, being unlearned or unbelievers, would they not say that we are all mad? But if all speak Yahweh’s Word, and one entered who did not believe or unlearned, all these sermons will convince him of the fact that he is a sinner, and his conscience will be pricked by everything he hears. And thus the secrets of his heart are laid bare, and so falling down on his face, he will worship Yahweh, and declare that Yahweh is among you indeed. Then what is this conclusion brothers, when you come together, each one of you has a psalm to sing, or a lesson to teach, a strange language to utter, some spiritual truth to speak about, or an explanation of something. Let all things be done to the building up of faith and knowledge in the assembly. And if any man speaks in a foreign tongue, let it be limited to two or three people at the most, and let there always be someone there to interpret what ever has been said. But if there be no interpreter, let him pray be silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to Yahweh. Do not have more than two or three preachers at a service, while the others think over what has been said. But should a message of truth come to one who is seated, he must not interrupt, but wait his turn, for one person should stop before another begins to speak. For in this way you can all preach to one another, as you are inspired, that all may learn, and all may receive encouragement. The spirit of a true preacher is always under that preacher’s control. For Yahweh is not the author of confusion, but of peace, such teachings I give in all the congregations of the saints. Let you women keep silent in the assemblies, for it is not permitted that they should speak, but should take their place as the law directs. If there is something they want to know let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the assembly. What! Did Yahweh’s Word to the world originate with you? Are you the only people it has reached? If anyone claims to have the prophetic spirit or any other spiritual gift, let him acknowledge all the things I have written to you has the authority of Yahweh. If anyone does not recognize this, let him be ignorant and pay no attention to him. Therefore brothers, cultivate the gift of prophetic speaking, while not forbidding the use of foreign languages. Let all things be done decently and in order.

Physical/Spiritual Body
   What about our physical body? It does not say we have an immortal soul!
It is sown as a physical human body, and raised as a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. As it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul (body), the last Adam was made a living spirit. (Note: still had to be made a living spirit!) Observe, the spiritual does not come first, the natural life came first, then the spiritual. The first man is of the earth, the second Man is from Yahweh in heaven, 1st Corinthians 15:44-47.
That is why, from the day we heard of you, we do not cease to pray for your constant desire to be filled with the knowledge of His Will, in all spiritual understanding; (Note: they were not spirit beings,but they receive spiritual understanding and knowledge). Then you will live lives worthy of the Master, and so please Yahweh in every way, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Yahweh, Colossians 1: 9-10.

Physical Singing Of Spiritual Songs
   Let the Word of Messiah dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing Yahweh's praises with joyful hearts, Colossians 3:16.
Praise be to Yahweh our Father of our Master Yahshua the Messiah, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms in Messiah, Ephesians 1:3.
For the outcome of Life in the Light may be seen in every good form of goodness, righteousness, and sincerity in Truth, Ephesians 5:9.
Express yourselves to one another by singing spiritual psalms and hymns, making melody with the music in your heart to Yahweh, Ephesians 5:19.

Spiritual Wickedness
   Beware, there is also spiritual wickedness on this earth!
For we wrestle not against physical flesh and blood, but against principalities, and powers, and great evil ruling princes of darkness who control and govern this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil, Ephesians 6:12.

Spiritual Analogies
   Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where our Messiah was slain, Revelation 11:8.
   Almighty Father is building a Spiritual House!
And as Living Stones form yourselves into a spiritual House, to be a holy priesthood, for the offering of spiritual sacrifices of which Yahweh gladly accepts through Yahshua Messiah, 1st Peter 2:5.
   A sad state of the world is prophesied at the end time by Hosea concerning those who stay close to the Words of our Creator. Everything will be so misrepresented by worldly teachers that this is what they will think and say about the ones who teach the Truth.
The days of punishment has come, the days of recompense has come; Israel cries, “The prophet (True preacher) is a fool, the Spiritual man is mad !” Because of your great iniquity, your hostility is great (As it is today!), Hosea 9:7.

Necessary Questions
   With all this shown to us, we must answer some questions that arise concerning Spiritual Israel: Is there not a physical connection intertwined with a spiritual understanding?
   Yahweh promised Abraham that his seed will inherit the land He shall give them forever!: Was this just a spiritual promise?
   The nation of Israel mentioned so many times by the prophets: Was that just spiritual?
   Messiah’s Death on the stake: Was that just spiritual?
   The Almighty said that He will divide the goats and the sheep: Was this just to be spiritual?
   James’s letter to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad: Was that just spiritual?
   John’s letters to the assemblies: Were they just spiritual?
   The tribes stated in Revelation chapter 7: Is this just a group of spiritual names and figures?
   The plagues to fall upon the unrighteous at the end time: Are they only spiritual?
   The last days Yahweh will send an angel to mark those who are to be protected from the plagues to fall upon mankind: Will this also be just a spiritual undertaking ?
   Please note that it will be not left to a church or any type of human organization to do this job, but it will take the power of an angel to sort out the mess we, as mankind, placed ourselves into. That is the di obedient way we throughout history as a nation have mixed the seeds, and that is not only in the agriculture sphere!
   This study is to bring us to a point of understanding the close relationship between the physical and spiritual application of the Word of the Almighty. Scripture states:
“His Word is Truth.” Do you believe that statement?
   Another question I would like to put before you, is about something written in the very first Book of the Bible. A prophecy giving identifying characteristics which will be with the tribes of Israel right down to the last days. Read it for yourselves in chapter 49 of Genesis, note the first verse. Is this just a spiritual pie in the sky series of statements?
   The worldly way of teaching is that Israel, in Scripture, is only spiritual. This becomes a diabolical way of making void the rich recorded history of the nation’s blessings and curses she went through, depending on her obedience or disobedience to Almighty Yahweh.
   We thank Almighty Father that He will fulfill all His Promises, despite our human reasoning and interference with panel beating His Word through false teachings, just to suit our own ego.
   May Yahweh bless you as you study into His Wonderful Word. How wonderful it will be to share with others in the new age to come, the original Tree of Life, which John wrote, that it shall be here on this earth! (Many have been told that “story”! You can read about it in Genesis chapter 2 & 3.) Do you truly believe His Word ?

In Conclusion
   With what we have covered in this article, I hope and pray that the reader will now fully understand the close relationship there is between the spiritual and the physical, showing that the spiritual always has the predominant power.
   For example: If there were no law, how then could there be sin? Can you see or touch a lie? Yet, look at the damage it can do. Can you see a thought of lust? Yet, look at the result when a life is snuffed out because of it. Can you see the Sabbath Day? Yet, our Creator tells us that it is a sign between Him and His people. These laws are as stable as the law of gravity, which, by the way, can you see it? But, even a child knows it works! We would be in a great deal of trouble if Almighty Father decided to change these laws, whether spiritual or physical, would we not? But, He promises He will not change!
For I am Yahweh, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed, Malachi 3: 6.
Blessed are they who do His Commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of Life, and may enter through the gates of the city, Revelation 22 :14.
And He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments,” Matt.19:17.

-Elder Lionel C. Gets

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