HE THAT IS SPIRITUAL

by

Lewis Sperry Chafer, D.D., Litt .D.

President of Dallas Theological Seminary;

Professor of Systematic Theology;

Editor of Bibliotheca Sacra

Copyright © 1918

by

Lewis Sperry Chafer

edited for 3BSB by Baptist Bible Believer in the spirit of the Colportage Ministry of a century ago

~ out-of-print and in the public domain ~

No Evidence of a Current Copyright for the Printed Book Found

This book was originally published prior to 1924,

it is therefore in the public domain and free to be posted

in its entirety despite recent publication.

DEDICATION

THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF

My Mother

WITH THE LORD SINCE 1915

A DEVOTED CHRISTIAN

SHE W AS FAITHFUL TO GOD

AND HER CHILDREN THROUGH

MANY YEARS OF TESTING

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

The importance of the subject of this book is beyond estimation. True spirituality is that quality of life in the child of GOD which satisfies and glorifies the Father. It brings celestial joy and peace to the believer's own heart. Upon it all Christian service depends. Since GOD purposes to work through human means, the fitness of the instrument determines the progress made.

There is general agreement that the daily life of Christians should be improved; but improvement cannot be had other than in GOD's way. Merely to exhort an unspiritual Christian is a loss of time and energy. When that Christian becomes spiritual, he will need no exhortation; but himself becomes an exhorter both by precept and example. Christians, as a whole, are satiated with ideals. Their real difficulty is stated in the words: "How to perform that which is good, I find not." The divine way to sufficiency and efficiency must be understood and acted upon, else we fail.

The Bible doctrine concerning the Christian's nature and daily practice, and the relation of these to the death of CHRIST, is subject to some disagreement. It is not the primary purpose of this book to correct details of doctrine. The object has been rather to state the outstanding revelation of the divine provision for the overcoming life. May we be delivered from controversy over secondary things in the face of our present failure to "walk as it becometh saints."

It is; my prayer that this statement of the fact and force of the spiritual life may be helpful to those who are called upon to manifest CHRIST to a dying world, and who hope to hear the Master say, "Well done."

Lewis Sperry Chafer

November, 1918

CHAPTERS

01. THREE CLASSES OF MEN

THE NATURAL MAN

THE CARNAL MAN

THE SPIRITUAL MAN

02. THE MINISTRIES OF THE SPIRIT

THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS

1. The Spirit According to the Old Testament

2. The Spirit According to the Gospels and The Acts to 10:43

The Day of Pentecost

3. The Spirit According to the remainder of the Acts and the Epistles

THE MINISTRIES OF THE SPIRIT

1. The Ministry of the Spirit in Restraining

2. The Ministry of the Spirit in Reproving

3. The Ministry of the Spirit in Regenerating

4. The Ministry of the Spirit as Indwelling the Believer

a, According to Revelation

b. According to Reason

5. The Ministry of the Spirit in Baptizing

6. The Ministry of the Spirit in Sealing

7. The Ministry of the Spirit in Filling

03. THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT, OR TRUE SPIRITUALITY

WHAT IS THE SPIRIT'S FILLING?

SEVEN MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT

1. The Spirit Produces Christian Character

a. Love

2. The Spirit Produces Christian Service

3. The Spirit Teaches

4. The Spirit Promotes Praise and Thanksgiving

5. The Spirit Leads

6. The Spirit Witnesseth with our spirit

7. The Spirit Maketh Intercession for us

WHAT SPIRITUALITY IS, AND WHAT IT IS NOT

SPIRITUALITY A TRIUMPH OF GRACE

04. "GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT" - The First Condition of True Spirituality

WHAT IT IS THAT GRIEVES THE SPIRIT

THE CURE OF THE EFFECTS OF SIN IN A CHRISTIAN

THE SEVEN MAJOR PASSAGES

1. CHRIST alone can Cleanse from Sin ( John 13:1-11)

2. Confession is the one Condition of Fellowship, Forgiveness and Cleansing (I John 1:1 to 2; 2)

3. Self-judgment Saves from Chastisement (I Corinthians 11:31, 32)

4. Chastisement is the Father's Correction and Training of His Sinning Child (Hebrews 12:3-15)

5. An Example of Christian Repentance (II Corinthians 7:8-11)

6. The Repentance, Confession and Restoration of an Old Testament Saint (Psalm 51:1-19)

7. The Three-fold Illustrative Parable in the Gospels (Luke 15:1-32)

05. "QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT" - The Second Condition of True Spirituality

WHAT IS IT THAT QUENCHES THE SPIRIT?

THE YIELDED LIFE

CHRIST THE PATTERN

KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD

WHAT IS A SACRIFICIAL LIFE?

06. "WALK IN THE SPIRIT" - The Third Condition of True Spirituality

WHAT IS MEANT BY "WALK IN THE SPIRIT"?

THREE REASONS FOR RELIANCE UPON THE SPIRIT

1. The Impossible Heavenly Standard of Life in Contrast to the Standards of the world

2. The Christian Faces a World-Ruling Foe

3. The Adamic Nature

The Doctrine of Perfection

The Doctrine of Sanctification

The Doctrine of the Adamic Nature

I. From what Source does Sin Proceed in a Christian?

"Flesh"

"Old Man"

"Sin"

The Believer's Death with CHRIST

The Summarizing Scripture

II. The Divine Remedy

Two Theories Contrasted: Eradication, or Divine Control

WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?

07. AN ANALOGY AND THE CONCLUSION

I. AN ANALOGY,

(a) SALVATION FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN, WITH

(b) SALVATION FROM THE POWER OF SIN

1. The Estate of the One who needs to be Saved (a and b)

2. The Divine Objective and Ideal in Salvation (a and b)

3. Salvation is of GOD Alone (a and b)

4. GOD can Save only by and through the Cross (a and b)

5. Salvation is by Faith (a and b)

II. THE CONCLUSION


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