A Prophet Among You


The Spiritual Life

In one sense all Bible instruction has to do with the spiritual life, but for our present purpose we will give attention to some of the teachings that bear directly on what is usually thought of as religious experience. In each case note the specific nature of the instruction, and also the general applicability of these steps in Christian birth and growth. APAY 83.1

Come: Matthew 11:28, 29. “Come unto Me.... Take My yoke: ... and ye shall find rest.” APAY 83.2

Confess: 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” APAY 83.3

Repent: Acts 2:38. “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” APAY 83.4

Be Born Again: John 3:5. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” APAY 83.5

Study: 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” (“Study” in this case means more than to search for knowledge. It means to put forth an earnest, reasoned effort to show oneself approved of God. A part of this is the study of God’s instruction.) APAY 83.6

Develop Faith: Romans 10:17. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” APAY 84.1

Pray: 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “Pray without ceasing.” Matthew 6:9. “After this manner therefore pray ye.” APAY 84.2

Meet With Others: Hebrews 10:25. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together; ... but exhorting one anther: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” APAY 84.3

Overcome by Faith: 1 John 5:4. “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” APAY 84.4

Look for Coming: Hebrews 9:28. “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time.” APAY 84.5

Go to Others: Matthew 28:19. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” APAY 84.6

Endure: Matthew 24:13. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” APAY 84.7

Thousands of related verses might be brought together to form a complete picture of what God intends the spiritual life of the Christian to be. In many of the texts, as in the ones cited, it is possible to discover a principle of truth which makes it applicable at all times. The instruction is so detailed and so easily understand that none need mistake the way. APAY 84.8