Spiritual Beings

There is a brand of organic tea that we frequently buy that has pithy philosophical statements on the tea bag tags. I read one recently that said:  “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

I immediately thought “new age rhetoric”, when the Holy Spirit stopped me. It struck me that as a Christian believer who has come to Christ through the re-birth process, that’s exactly what I am: a “spiritual being” in a physical body.

The Bible says in Rom. 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”

John 3:6  “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

The implication here is that we were once only mortal beings (humans), living in a physical body. But when we met Jesus, confessed our sin and received His forgiveness, the Holy Spirit breathed spiritual life into us, so now we are “spirit beings” living in a physical body.

As I thought of this, I suddenly got an insight: what we believe about “spirit life” makes a difference in the way we live. Are we “human beings having a spiritual experience” or are we “spirit beings having a human experience”?

We are “spirit beings” in the truest sense of the word – not just a soul and a body, but live spirit beings because the Holy Spirit of God has breathed life into us:

1 John 5:11-12  “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

So, it certainly seems from Scripture that we are “spirit beings having a human experience”. We really need to get hold of that. As “spirit beings”, in relationship to Jesus, the Son of God, we have access to the resources of heaven, the realm of the spirit.

We are able through His imparted “spirit life” to live the kind of lifestyle He lays out for us in the Scriptures; the kind of life Jesus walked out as our model. We truly have “free will” now that Christ has set us free to be what we were re-born to be; the will to make right choices and do right things.

So why do so many disciples of Christ have such a hard time living out their discipleship? I think it’s due in great part to still seeing themselves as “human beings having (or trying to have) a spiritual experience”, instead of “spirit beings having a human experience”. What will it take to get believers on the right track? A change of perspective – believing what God says we are in Christ.

I am a “spiritual being having a human experience”. How about you?

About Marcy

I love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.

Posted on March 23, 2011, in Christian Growth and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yea , I may have used that in one of my posts. but it makes perfect sense. We are so use to thinking of ourselves as an exterior body that has a career and possessions that we forget to realize ourselves. An excellent movie called “Cadillac Records” Has the famous bluesmen Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters talking. Muddy is bragging about his brand new Cadillac while Howling Wolf is standing by his beat up old Ford. Muddy says, “Wolf, maybe one day you can get one of these.” Wolf looks straight at him and says, “I own my truck, it don’t own me,” Then he gets in and drives off.

  2. The Spirit within was correct-“we are spiritual beings having a human experience” is anything but new age rhetoric. The quote is likely attributed to Pierre Telhard de Chardin, highly educated philosopher/scientist/Jesuit priest.

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