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can Believers over-spiritualize…?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV

In the course of a conversation… I was told I tend to… over-spiritualize

I wonder… Can Believers over-spiritualize…?

Consider…

Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV

What is unseen is the spiritual… the eternal…

Are we not to look past what is seen…? seek the unseen spiritual reality behind all things seen…?

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25 ESV

Jesus… the One we are to follow… spiritualizes everything… from dis-eases to catastrophes… from the giving of offerings… to the selling of sacrifices…

He said…

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

John 6:63 ESV

Everything we do… say… think… has eternal and spiritual consequences…

We are spiritual beings living out our lives in the flesh… in the realm of time and space… which was created for us to inhabit… to learn to live by faith… having conviction… certainty… of what is unseen…

Each of us must follow Him as best we can… with the faith we have… and make room for Him to teach… to lead us by His Spirit into all truth…

The apostle Paul spiritualizes everything this way…

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

–Philippians 3:8-16 ESV

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