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
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
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?
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