Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 1995
The Measure of a Spiritual Man
Edited from the writings
Ruth Paxson

"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, and conduct.

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, and actions.

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.