3 Different Types of Christians
There are three stages of your spiritual journey as a Christian: SALVATION, SANCTIFICATION and SERVICE. Many people do not understand the spiritual journey that there is a beginning, a process and an end-goal. Your spiritual journey should show signs of movement and growth in order to go into the next stage; otherwise, it is asleep or dead. Many may just start the spiritual journey just to “get into heaven” but lack the right training to finish well, and many more stop at a certain growth level thinking that that is all there is. What is your condition today?
In the First Stage of your spiritual formation is spiritual birth: SALVATION. You receive a NEW SPIRIT (conscience, intuition, communion). You have passed from death to life in Christ as signified in water baptism (John 1:10-13). There should be a distinct shift from living your life for yourself in the here and now towards living out the Kingdom life of God’s natural design.
Instead of trusting in money, family or your own efforts, a new believer has changed “lords” and is now trusting and believing in Christ Jesus for everything. This is a strong indicator that you have been saved. Your heart and values have changed. It is Christ focused. A sure tell sign is that you will begin to have and share your testimony with others.*
The Second Stage of your spiritual growth is spiritual fruit: SANCTIFICATION. You are receiving a NEW SOUL (mind, will, emotion). If you are born by the Spirit of God, then your spirit must grow stronger every day just as your soul will need to be transformed into the image of Jesus. This means that your mind will need to be renewed, your will needs to be broken and your emotion needs to be healed. It is a process and takes time depending on how much the individual believer cooperates and submits to the teachings, convictions and revelations of the person of the Holy Spirit. The more rebellious and resistant a Christian is towards God’s will and ways, the more distant and fading the relationship will become (Eph. 4:17-24).
As one spiritually grows, signs of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) will become evident. It is an internal spiritual, emotional and mental transformation that takes place. A sure tell sign that you are at this level is the proof of obedience in your life towards God and forgiveness towards others.* You are becoming cleansed, renewed and broken as you continue to submit, surrender and be sanctified to become like Jesus. Salvation is only the beginning of your spiritual journey and sanctification is the process. Don’t undermine the person of the Holy Spirit to transform you daily because your heart can get hard and crusty when you don’t respond to Him. You will start to feel “stuck.”
The Third Stage of your spiritual maturity is spiritual gifts: SERVICE. You will receive a NEW BODY (glorified body – perfected state) to truly serve in God’s Kingdom in your full capacity. Right now, we only have a “partial anointing” to do the work of Jesus, but that will all change when we receive glorified bodies. If you are not anointed by the Holy Spirit, then you cannot fulfill your calling and destiny in this life nor in the millennium (1,000 years) to come. Do you know Holy Spirit? Are you Spirit filled?
Those that have gone through each of the three stages will be called upon as the trumpet sounds to join Jesus in the First Resurrection to become priests of God and of Christ to reign with Him for a thousand years (Rev. 20:6). A sure tell sign that you have gone through each stage is when the Feast of Tabernacles arrives during the year that Christ will return and you receive your glorious body!* All others (both unbelievers and underdeveloped Christians) will not join Jesus in the “rapture” due to their unbelief, lack of obedience and understanding in the ways of the Kingdom. Many will be shocked about this if you have not been taught about the First Resurrection and the Second Resurrection.
As a matter of fact, they will need to continue their life on earth with fallen natures to grow and mature so that they can be preserved to give an answer at the Great White Throne Judgment. The unbelievers will at this time present themselves before the Great White Throne Judgment as well. Believers – stage 1…Christians – stage 2…Overcomers – stage 3. Your spiritual journey on earth is all about the Holy Spirit trying to get everyone matured into becoming OVERCOMERS. Your spiritual life is NOT just about getting saved or sanctified but trying to perfect you into serving in God’s eternal Kingdom. Are you prepared and trained…spirit, soul and body?
1 Corinthians 15:54-56; 58 “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”