William J. Brown
Have you taken your spirituality health checkup yet? This is the most important question we can ask in this basic Bible study. It may surprise you, but this is the whole purpose of the Bible.
Have your doubts? Read on in this online Bible study about your spiritual health.
God has not given us His Word in a spiritual vacuum. He has a higher purpose for His message than just another religious rule book. It's a spirituality health checkup.
God wants us to know Him in a personal way.
How is this done?
We will answer your questions on this in three ways.
First in our spirituality checkup, we will see to whom God's Word leads us.
Next, we will see what God's Word leads us to.
Finally, we will end our spiritual checkup by seeing where God's Word leads us.
We will "check off" each point if and when we achieve it during our spirituality health checkup.
Have your Bible open?
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And away we go...
I. Our spirituality health checkup first directs our attention to the person God's Word leads us to. This is the first and most important spirituality health test that we take. If you fail this one, you fail the whole thing.
This is your spiritual pulse. Just as not having a physical pulse is a serious problem (wink), so lacking a spiritual pulse is just as devastating to your spiritual well being.
What is this spiritual pulse?
God's Word makes it clear. The heartbeat of Scripture is to know God in a personal way through the salvation He has provided.
How do you get this spirituality health test?
John 3:14-16 tell us...
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Simply stated, the pulse of the Bible is salvation through Jesus Christ.
If you don't have Christ you have no spiritual life. As John stated, life comes through Jesus, the Son. He didn't give multiple choices in the matter.
Christ said this of Himself in John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Once again, there's no doubt this is the way God wants it. Jesus didn't leave anything open to interpretation. He was quite clear that He is the heartbeat, the pulse of the Bible.
Such an idea is reinforced by Paul when he says...
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once again, life is found in Christ.
But also notice that anyone who does not know Jesus Christ as Lord is spiritually dead. The consequences of this are eternal.
Let's look back at John 3 again, this time verses eighteen and nineteen...
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Salvation is found in Christ. Death and Hell are found everywhere else.
It truly matters who you know.
...God's Word points us to Christ for reconciliation with God. He is the only One who can bring us to a right relationship with God.
This is a Christian's spiritual heartbeat.
So, did you check your spiritual heartbeat?
Did you find a strong, robust spiritual pulse found only in Jesus?
click here to meet the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ. Only He can help you pass the spirituality health checkup.
If you passed the "pulse test," then you may move on to the next test in your spirituality health checkup.
II. Your spirituality health checkup doesn't stop with salvation in Jesus just like a doctor doesn't end your physical if he finds a pulse. Unfortunately, many churches and denominations teach this.
"Just believe in Jesus," they say, "and He'll make your life easy. Now you can live any way you want with your fire insurance."
Salvation in Christ is more than just fire insurance. In fact, it is more than just knowing who Jesus is. James tells us in the second chapter nineteenth verse of his letter that...
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Salvation is not mere affirmation. This is important for your spirituality health tests. It's a relationship with Christ. And amazing things happen after someone truly comes to Christ.
Paul says it this way...
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
When you come to Christ, you become something very different. As Paul puts it, you become a "new creature."
But don't stop with that part. Look at the next part of the verse. What does it say? The old ways have become useless. You have a new way of thinking and acting. The plan has changed. Your spiritual health has taken a turn for the better.
So, let's think about this and apply it to what we know. God's Word leads us to God through Jesus Christ. But then the Bible goes beyond that and leads us to a higher existence, a greater spiritual life in Christ.
But we must ask a question...
Does this mean we no longer sin?
Many well meaning brothers and sisters believe this, and it does make sense...but...
...it does not square with God's Word.
Once more, Paul had something to say about this in Philippians 1:6...
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
John also says in I John 1:8...
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
There are other passages that say the same, but you get the idea. Just because we go to the doctor to be made well, does not mean we will never get sick again!
The fact is obedience does not come automatically for the Christian. If it did, then why is the larger part of the New Testament written to believers so that they can live better lives! It contains many instructions for living holy lives. This would seen unnecessary if we are sinlessly perfect when we come to Jesus.
But before we go on let's consider this. Although we don't obey automatically, we as Christians do obey naturally.
...we are new creatures. We have a new nature through Christ.
Whereas before we were saved we couldn't do the things we should have (Romans 7:19) now Christ has given us new life. This life enables our once dead but now living spirits to do what we ought to do.
A dead body does not react to stimuli, but a living, healthy body reacts in the way it should, with life!
So, what's the point of life after a salvation experience?
Many of the catechisms state this well. Those of you from more formal church backgrounds may know the first question to the church catechisms. What does it say?
"The chief end of man is to glorify God..."
Our most important goal is to live holy, spiritually separated lives so that we might glorify Him.
I Peter 1:15 says...
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
We have been called to a higher life of holy living, not an easy life of pure bliss on this earth.
And look at the standard, God, Himself! That's quite a lofty goal we could never achieve here. But we must still strive for it!
So, a holy, God glorifying life results from the salvation experience.
This means we are spiritually sick if we are not following the standard of personal holiness and glorification of God.
In I Corinthians 10:31, Paul says...
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
In other words, even the most mundane jobs need to be done with the right spiritual attitude! This leaves no room for "worldly thinking" for the true believer.
If worldly thoughts and materialism dominate your thinking, you are spiritually sick and need to have a spirituality health checkup done immediately.
Read God's Word, and then do it!
It's that simple. Listen to Him and He will lead you in the right paths (Proverbs 3:6.)
For a healthy spirit, give yourself a big dose of God's Word!
We've seen to whom the Bible leads us. That's God.
We've also seen what God's Word leads us to. That's a higher spiritual existence here on earth.
III. Finally, let's look at where God's Word, the Bible, leads us. This is important to our spirituality health checkup.
This is an easy one. The catechism comes to the rescue again. The whole first question reads...
"The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever."
Did you catch that? This is important for our spirituality health checkup.
The Bible ultimately leads us to Heaven where we will "enjoy Him forever."
If we are truly spiritually alive, that life in Christ will be fully realized in one of two ways.
II Corinthians 5:8 tells us...
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
So, if we die, we go to live with Christ in Heaven.
Also, I Corinthians 4:16,17 say...
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Not only do the dead live with Christ forever, but so do those who remain alive when He comes.
And He will come.
He is God. He cannot lie.
Paul tells us in Titus 1:2...
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.
Christ will come again and take His own away and "complete" the salvation He has started here on earth (Philippians 1:6.)
So we are lead to salvation...
...then to a higher life...
...and finally are lead to our home in Heaven.
Well, how did your spirituality health checkup go? Did you pass it?
I hope you did. God gave us the Bible to...
...lead us to Him...
...lead us higher...
...and lead us to Heaven.
Hope you aced your spirituality health checkup. If not, keep working on what we talked about. God bless as you take the Bible Knowledge Survey.