The Measure of a Spiritual
Edited from the writings
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto
a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fullness of Christ" Eph 4:13.
The spiritual man is rightly related to God through faith
in Jesus Christ. This relationship has been brought about
by the Holy Spirit who has convicted him of the sin of unbelief
in God's way of salvation and of the necessity of a righteousness
that is not his own, if he would ever have fellowship with
a holy, righteous God. He has revealed Jesus Christ to him
as a Saviour from sin, and as the Saviour he needs.
The spiritual man has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him; filling,
teaching, leading, and empowering him. Through the new birth,
God's own life, eternal and uncreated, has been imparted to
him and now Jesus Christ is his very life.
The spiritual man has a threefold relationship to the Lord
Jesus Christ which is manifested in his character, conversation,
He has accepted Jesus as his Saviour.
He has yielded to Jesus as his Lord.
He has appropriated Jesus as his Life.
Jesus Christ and he are one, as the vine and the branch are
one. The Lord is the supreme need of his life and has the
supreme place in his affections. He is all and in all to him.
The spiritual man has received the crucified, risen, glorified
Christ as his Saviour and Lord and now lives his life wholly
unto God. He has become a partaker of the nature of God so
that, though there is the effect of two natures at work, the
divine nature is sovereign and has undivided control over
his whole being. Therefore, the Lord Jesus is the center of
his life and dominates his thoughts, affections, speech, will,
The spiritual man is habitually alive to God, and dead to
sin and self. He is a bond servant to God and gladly, joyously,
acknowledges and submits to the Lordship of Jesus.
Jesus Christ is intensely precious and real to the spiritual
man. He loves, worships, adores, and serves Him. This condition
is not due to any ability within himself. He has received
the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and is able to unreservedly
yield himself to the influence and operation of the Holy Spirit,
through whom he is enabled to know and be filled with the
life of the Lord.