Exploring Spiritual Landscape
Getting the Lay of the Land - Both Internal and External
This teaching on exploring spiritual landscapes is a practical application that companions the lessons set forth in "Matters of the Heart," our free eCourse for spiritual growth and emotional transformation.
All scripture citations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
Nine Levels of Reality
Can you see what is real? Only one of these nine realms of Reality is actually observable by our science and understandable by common sense alone. No wonder the unbelieving world is so totally in the dark. Only the grace of revelation can open our blinded eyes to see the realms we are actualy living in close quarters with!
Note the fallen counterparts of spiritual darkness to those of Light (in vertical correspondence) and how both are converging on the earth. Exploring spiritual landscape around us would be all but impossible without the Word and the Spirit to light the way.
The eternal dwelling of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, angels, saints (1 Peter 3:21)
2) Kingdom of God
The invisible, spiritual realm surrounding earth (Romans 14:17)
The Body of Christ, partly visible, humanity organized by God (Matthew 16:18)
4) New nature
The new creation, Christ's life in us, regenerated spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:27)
5) Earth and its heavens
Natural/physical realm of 5 senses and matter (Psalm 24:1-2)
6) Fallen nature
The flesh, Adam's life in us, spiritual death (Romans 8:6-9)
The Kosmos, partly visible; humanity organized by Satan (John 12:31; 1 John 2:15)
8) Kingdom of darkness
The invisible, spiritual realm surrounding earth (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:13)
The eternal place of punishment for Satan, fallen angels, demons, the damned (Matthew 5:30)
Three Descriptions of Self
There are three ways in which we can see and understand ourselves. This is the ever-shifting reality of our internal life. No wonder that trying to explore the spiritual landscape inside of us (without the Word and the Spirit to guide us) can become so confusing.
1) True Self
Who I am in Christ: new creation life, released by trust and obedience.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
2) False Self
Who I am apart from Christ: fallen nature, restrained by inward crucifixion.
And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24
3) Actual Self
Who I am at this moment: a mixture of the two, revealed by testing.
And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10
One More to Explore
False Burden Bearing It is easy to become overburdened, but deadly to be falsely burdened.
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