God sought “true worshipers [who would] worship the Father in spirit and truth” because “God is Spirit” (John 4:23-24, NKJV). The connection with God must be made in the spiritual domain. Accordingly, we must be born of the spirit (John 4:24).
The spiritual realm is our new environment and we must grow daily and learn an entirely new world. God’s Word is the only way we’ll learn what we need to know to live there (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Sinners mock righteousness because it’s completely antithetical to the ways of the flesh. Spiritual lives are foreign because our eyes see the world differently and interpret it through new filters. They will try to silence our mission because it condemns the flesh (John 15:18-25).
We hear the Word of God and decide that his message brings salvation (Romans 10:17). We denounce the ways of the flesh through repentance (Luke 13:3-5) and confess Jesus as our Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
Jesus became Lord of his kingdom by submission to God and dying on the cross physically. We follow his example and experience spiritual death, burial and resurrection through baptism (Romans 6:3-4). We’re then added to the Lord’s body (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).
In Christ we find all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3) because that is where his children reside (Ephesians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27). In Christ, we’re led by the Spirit because the flesh has no place there (Galatians 5:16).
Passionately study the New Testament to learn how to see, live, speak and walk in the Spirit so we can be pleasing to God. Everything there is unnatural to the flesh, so be patient and attentive because great blessings await (cf. Matthew 5:38-42; Romans 6:12-13).