Different Levels of Spiritual Growth

Genesis 1:11,13 Then God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so.
13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

The third day is the day of resurrection of life. The first day was the day of revelation-light; the second day was a day of separation. We can see the progressive work of God in His people. Light comes to us and we begin seeing what we were not aware of before. The next phase of work is the separation of soul and spirit. This opens the door for us to begin experiencing the resurrection life of the Lord. Each day presents a particular relationship with the Lord; the work of the first day prepares for the second day, which also prepares us for the third day, and so on.

On the third day we begin seeing the results of the work of God in our lives. The resurrection life of the Lord is coming forth within us. The grass, herbs, and trees speak of the different levels of spiritual growth. Spiritual life is a variable in the Body of Christ. Everyone does not begin at the same time and everyone does not progress at the same rate. It is important to understand this because it eliminates the absolute thinking of human nature, which says it is either this or that.

The third-day Christians always have varying degrees of spiritual growth. Everyone is not on the same level. Remember also that this is merely the third day of a sixth day work. Therefore, while resurrection life has begun there is still the presence of the flesh life, more in some than in others. Too often one will think himself a tree when he is only a blade of grass. So it is at this time that our brother Paul gives us some apostolic wisdom. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (and also a measure of resurrection life). Romans 12:3.

Copyright 2005 by Henry DuBose

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