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Natural or Spiritual: Short Series 2

We can be natural and spiritual. (Short#2 of 5)

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the sinner’s burial and the person’s spiritual rebirth to live in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4). By baptism, we put behind our old selves and start to walk again as a new man/woman, knowing that Life without sin is like godlikeness. However, we are not perfect because of sin; we fall short of glorious greatness and perfection of God’s standard. We succumb to human desires without resistance and are easy victims of deceptions, temptations, and lies by the followers of the prince of the air. We cannot discern their wickedness because we are out of focus, and what we hear, see, and feel is the beauty of a luxury lifestyle. 

In Christian doctrine, we learned Jesus had three temptations by the adversary of God but never got him to believe. Unlike us, who live in the worst time of corruption in the world, without exception, we can easily be under the influence of the wicked. Jesus did not succumb to human desires, needs, or temptations, and the enemy fled.

We can use all our natural resources to fight the principalities in heavenly places, but we might never see the winning horizon. Remember the foundational truth to keep in mind: that we are composed of a natural and a spiritual body. Though it is a contrasting nature of our body, it is the way God designed it according to His purpose.

Sometimes, we discern someone with a dual personality but cannot discern ours unless someone says so. We can discover duality’s presence through meditation when a half-conscious state indicates an absence of a response from external enticement or anything that gives rise to a physical or behavioral change directly perceived by our senses and may not align with our mental (imaginary state of mind) and spiritual value. Sometimes, if not most of the time, leads to unsuccessful concentration. God bless everyone. To God be the glory. He is our all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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