Chapter 5 – How Does a Christian ‘Walk in the Spirit’?

What the 'Born Again' Christian Sees in God’s Kingdom

Figure 9 illustrates what every Christian should see at some point after they have had their spiritual eyes opened at their new birth.  As every Christian becomes a traveler on a spiritual journey in this world, the illustration attempts to highlight that simply being ‘saved’ may actually lead certain Christians to the Broad Way of the Christian life and therefore in the wrong direction. Jesus provides us with a warning about this danger in the following verses of scripture:

(Matt 7:13-14) "Enter ye in at the STRAIT gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY [Christians] there be which go in thereat: {14} Because STRAIT is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW [Christians] there be that find it."

To reach the heavenly city where God the Father and Jesus are located, every Christian must be born again and travel the Narrow Way that leads to eternal life.  This indicates that there is a personal cross that Jesus has waiting for each traveler to carry for Him along the Narrow Way:

(Matt 16:24–25) "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. {25} For whosoever will save his life [by embracing its values] shall lose it [their opportunity of eternal life with Me]: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake [and the sake of the Gospel] shall find it [abundantly more in the next life with Me]."

During the journey, there will be temptations to take an alternate path that leads back to Broad Way, while the Narrow Way becomes steeper and more difficult to endure. There will be fiery trials that represent difficult times, but the light from the heavenly city continues to provide the necessary hope that provides encouragement and strength for the weary traveler to continue the journey.  Once the Christian arrives with his or her cross at Calvary’s Hill this can be placed next to Jesus’ cross that will signify the end of his or her lifetime on the Earth, and the faithful traveler should hear the sweet words of Jesus say them.

(Matt 25:21) "...Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

The following notes will explain in more detail the features contained in this illustration.

Fig 9 - Two_Paths

Figure 9 – Choosing One of the Two Spiritual Paths

Being ‘Saved’

There is a difference between being “saved” and being born again. A Christian can be saved, lost, and then saved again several times, as illustrated by Jesus in his parable of the Lost Coin:

(Luke 15:8-10) "Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? {9} And when she hath found it [the lost coin representing the ‘saved’ person who became ‘lost’], she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. {10} LIKEWISE, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."

Verse 10 illustrates how a sinner can initially be saved (the woman had the ten pieces, representing the ten former sinners who were saved), then one of those saved became ‘lost’ (meaning the woman only had nine coins remaining).  After she lit the candle and searched the house diligently for the ‘lost’ coin, she eventually found it, which symbolizes the saved person who had departed back into sin and thus, was ‘lost’ and was found again, and therefore was ‘saved’ a second time.

Being ‘Born Again’

Having passed through ‘the Door’ (Jesus Christ – refer to How Does a Christian Become ‘Born-Again’ – page 97), the born-again Christian will realize there are two paths to choose from in the spiritual world of God’s kingdom. However, where sinners can be saved from their sins and lost again through succumbing to sinful temptations more than once, this is not to be the case for a child of God. Scripture says the born-again Christian has “tasted the heavenly gift,” and anyone who has tasted it and then turns back toward the values of this world is not fit to obtain eternal life with God after they die. The following passages of scripture illustrate this point.

(2 Pet 2:20-22) "For if after they [the born again Christians] have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, [and] they are again entangled therein, and overcome [through turning back to commit their old acts of sin], the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. {21} For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. {22} But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire."

(Heb 6:4-6) "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, {5} And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, {6} If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."

The reader is urged to refer to Hebrews 10:26-31 to see how God views any of His children who willfully commit acts of sin after accepting Christ as their Savior.

View Extracts of Book Contents

Chapter 1 - The Bible and its Purpose for Mankind

Chapter 2 - The Generations of the Earth

Chapter·3 - The Spirit World and How it Functions

Chapter·4 - Our Personal Body, Soul and Spirit

Chapter·5 - How Does a Christian 'Walk in the Spirit'

Chapter 6 - Conclusion