Originally posted by ThinkOfOne
If something is truly going on "at the deeper spiritual level" it will be manifested outwardly. It's unfortunate that so few actually come to know Jesus.
1 John 2:3 -6:
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the trut ...[text shortened]... 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
You really aught to read a little further along.
Think for a minute. An individual receives Christ as their saviour while still in their sins. Right? At the moment of conversion all their sins are forgiven them. Right? Do you honestly think that that individual is suddenly going to just stop sinning? (There is a good deal more to this, but Let's not go there at the moment)
Spiritual growth is a process that can take years. It all depends.