Tuesday, November 9, 2004

The Connection Between Spiritual and Natural

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
The Word of God says that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Many Christians will say, “Yes, every spiritual blessing” and think that this has nothing to do with the physical or material blessing. But I tell you that spiritual blessing has everything to do with physical blessing.

The spiritual realm is not secondary to the physical realm. It is not some lesser reality than physical reality. It is not some side issue to be relegated to a more convenient time.

No, the spiritual is the primary reality out of which all other reality comes forth. It is the greater and higher reality from which the physical realm is derived. We can see this in the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Who is God? The Bible says that God is Spirit (John 4:24). He is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God (1 Timothy 1:17). The author of Hebrews said, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

God is Spirit. The world is physical. We cannot see God, we can only see the world which He made. The spiritual did not come forth from the natural, but the natural came forth from the spiritual. Therefore, the spiritual realm is the greater reality.

The Word of God is spiritual, and by that Word, God calls forth things in the natural realm. That is why Jesus could calm the wind and the waves with a word, why He could rebuke a fever and cast out demons with a word. He also taught His disciples to speak to the mountain with faith-filled words, to affect change in the natural from the realm of the Spirit. For the physical comes forth from the Spirit.

So when Paul teaches that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies, he is telling us of that greater reality out of which all other realities flow.

These blessings come to us through the Lord Jesus Christ, and are available to all those who trust in Him. Lay hold, therefore, of every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus and expect every aspect of your life to be powerfully changed according to the goodness of God and the passion of His love at work in you. Do this by declaring the promises of God over your life and circumstances and expecting to see them happen. The natural must eventually line up with the Word of God.