Quiet Time Coaching Episode 511 | New Creation Series — Part 3 | “What is a Spiritual Life” | Malcolm Cox

A new creation! I’m Malcolm Cox. Welcome to this series on the topic of ‘A new creation’.

QUESTION: What is a ‘spiritual life’?
A ‘with-God’ life that effects an on-going transformation towards Christ-likeness through the power of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3.18
“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

How do we live this? God’s vision – Jesus’ example and inspiration – the Spirit’s strength.

God’s vision
Genesis 3.8-9
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?””

Revelation 21.2-3
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”

God chose a people – father and son
Deuteronomy 1.31
“and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.””

Glimpses – David, “The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.” (Psalm 23:1 HCSB)

What kind of life did (does) Jesus offer his followers?
Fitting yoke
Matthew 11.28-30
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””

Full life
John 10.10
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

John 15.13-17
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

Relationship with abba father
Mark 14.36
““Abba , Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.””
See Galatians 4.6
“And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!””

Overall – blessed
Matthew 5.3-10
““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“These ‘blessings’, the ‘wonderful news’ that he’s announcing, are not saying ‘try hard to live like this.’ They are saying that people who already are like that are in good shape. They should be happy and celebrate.” – Wright, N. T. Matthew for Everyone Part 1 Chapters 1–15.

This is the good life. Do we believe this?
How can we find a way to believe this when life is so hard?

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Location: West Watford Free church, Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 6NU
Date & Time: Saturday 23rd March 2024, 9:30AM – 2.45PM
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Cost: £20 for the day; £75 for the entire module
Refreshments: Light lunch, hot and cold drinks
Transport: Nearest stations — Watford Junction (35 mins walk), Watford High Street (30 mins walk), Watford Metropolitan Line (20 mins walk).
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God bless, Malcolm
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