20th December 2016 - Bruce Mackay
Introduction A study of the Bible clearly portrays Jesus as God the Son, the Son of God and also the Son of Man. Although every one of these aspects is vitally important, our focus for this article will be on the dimension of the Son of Man and the point of history when God became flesh and lived amongst us. One of the most famous scriptures in the Bible is that from the book of John. John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’. To understand the uniqueness of Christ’s birth, we need to briefly look at exactly what took place in the heavens with […]
A spirit of gentleness
As spiritual people, we need to remember what we learned when the Holy Spirit first brought illumination to us. We saw the wonder of the promise of our sonship. But, we also began to cry out for help, because we saw that we could not achieve sonship by our own effort. It is remarkable that the word from the presbytery continues to show us our need of the regeneration of our spirit and the renewing of our mind. It reminds us, with every relational issue or training adjustment, that we need to be converted from our fleshly responses by becoming poor in spirit, mourning for the impact of our sin, travailing for sonship to come forth, and receiving the word with meekness. A person who is spiritual will not seek to graduate beyond this truth. This is what it means to be spiritual.
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul proclaimed that we are to have the same attitude that was in Jesus Christ. The word ‘attitude’ can refer to the way a person is, and the mind-set that a person has, in relation to someone else. This is more than a passing feeling or emotion, like anger or frustration. Paul described the attitude of a spiritual person as ‘a spirit of gentleness’. We remember that Jesus said, ‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart’. This is the demeanour and attitude of a firstfuits believer, whose total preoccupation is to serve or minister to the needs of the saints. They are ready to encourage and give aid to a brother, even if that brother has stumbled or been caught in a trespass. This is the restorative work of one who is spiritual.