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Spirit, Soul and Body
 
Spirit, Soul, and Body
 
The Creation of Man
 

If we misunderstand the events of Genesis 1-3, we will not be able to clearly understand what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross. Why do we need a Saviour? What did Jesus Christ restore? We may have a basic understanding that Jesus Christ redeemed us from what Adam did, but do we understand exactly what happened when Adam did what he did? Jesus Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit would take His place after His assention, and we receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Him. However, why do we need the Holy Spirit and why was He not available before the day of Pentecost?


Was God wrong and Satan Right?

God ordered Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:17, KJV) When Satan approached Eve to tempt her, he assured her that "ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4-5, KJV) Eve caved in and ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree and also shared it with Adam. The literal interpretation of God's warning was that they would "surely die" in that "very day" that they eat of the fruit, but they didn't die, just as Satan stated. Instead the "eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." (Genesis 3:7, KJV) Did God lie?

It is tempting to engage in human reason to find a solution for this problem, but it is dangerous for us to turn to man's ideas, religion, tradition, theories and philosophies to explain the mysteries contained in Scripture. The Word of God does not need this type, or any other kind of defense, for it is capable of defending itself. The Word of God is Truth, and Truth can stand by itself. We need to "rightly divide the Word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV) and boldly proclaim "the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:19, KJV).

Many sincere believers have been deceived by the false teaching that when God said they would "surely die", He meant that just the "seed of death" would be planted. However, this human reasoning does not explain that God also said they would die "in the day" that they eat from the forbidden tree, and not eventually, or someday.

In order to understand the Word of God, we must turn to the Word of God alone (Sola Scriptura).

We know from Scripture that "God is not a man, that he should lie" (Numbers 23:19, KJV), so there must be a deeper clarification to this mystery.

Scripture states that after eating from the forbidden tree, Adam continued to have life in his body for many years before he finally died, "the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died." (Genesis 5:4-5, KJV)

We know that Adam and Eve did not die that day, but that God punished them and sent them out of the Garden. So, if they did not physically die that same day, what kind of 'death' took place? It is self-evident that they must have posessed another form of life, besides the life in their physical bodies.

In order to better understand this mystery, we will look at the following:

* In what form was Adam created?
* What is death?
* The Fall and Death

 

In what form was Adam created?

Made from dust

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground" (Genesis 2:7, KJV, emphasis added). Adam's physical body was formed from dust and this is the reason why all the elements of the human body can be found in the ground.

Body

 

The Breath of Life

We read that Adam's body, created from dust, did not have any life until God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7, KJV, emphasis added).

Word Hebrew Translation
"breath" N@shamah
Strong's Number: 05397
spirit
breath (of God)
breath (of man)
spirit (of man)
     
     
"soul" Nephesh
Strong's Number: 05315

inner being
activity of mind
desire, emotion, passion
seat of appetites
activity of the will
activity of the character

     

It is important to note that Scripture states that man became a living soul, not that he had a soul living inside him. The Hebrew word for 'soul' is 'nephesh', which means 'living being', 'activity of mind', and 'seat of the appetites, emotions and passions'. The soul is a distinct part of the person that gives life to the body. Without the soul, the body cannot live. The soul refers to all 'breathing creatures', animal and human.

Body and Soul

The following scripture references describe the soul:

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. (KJV)
'soul' = 'psuche' (Greek) = the seat of feelings, desires, affections, breath of life
   

An Immortal Soul?

There exists a very common misconception among believers that a human person possesses a body and an 'immortal' soul, and that this soul leaves the body upon death to live on forever, either in heaven or in hell. The idea that the human soul is immortal, is not substantiated by Scripture, however it is a belief that originated in ancient Egypt as documented by the Greek historian, Herodotus in the 5th century B.C.

"The Egyptians were the first that asserted that the soul of man is immortal...This opinion some among the Greeks have at different periods of time adopted as their own" (from Euterpe, the second book of Herodotus' History) [6]


The Egyptians' obsession with the afterlife is a well documented fact by historians and archaeologists. The idea of a future life of the 'soul' was picked up by the Babylonians and also the Greeks. Although the Greek philosophers Socrates and Pythagoras were among the first to adopt the Egyptian view of an immortal soul, it was Socrates' pupil, the Athenian philosopher, Plato (428-348 B.C.), who vigorously promoted the idea. In one of his most renowned works, the Phaedo, Plato recounted Socrates' final conversation with his friends on his death bed: "Be of good cheer, and do not lament my passing... When you lay me down in my grave, say that you are burying my body only, and not my soul." [6]

The immortal soul concept that found its way in Jewish thought originated from influence of these Greek philosophers and not from the Old Testament scriptures.

("The belief that the soul continues its existence after the dissolution of the body is...nowhere expressly taught in Holy Scripture...The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews from contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of Plato its principle exponent, who was led to it through Orphic and Eleusinian mysteries in which Babylonian and Egyptian views were strangely blended" (The Jewish Encyclopedia, article, "Immortality of the ]Soul") [6]

The professing Christian world is also saturated with the doctrine of an immortal soul. One would assume that in Christian circles this idea would have a sound Biblical foundation, independent of pagan Greek influence. However, many of the early Christian theologians and Christian scholars, such as Origen, Tertullian, and Augustine, were closely associated with Platonism, and they asserted that the soul was immortal, even referring to the "opinion of Plato". Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught that the soul is a conscious intellect and will and cannot be destroyed. Many years later the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Martin Luther, questioned the authority on which it is said that the 'soul of the dead may not sleep'. [6] The immortal soul doctrine became so deep-seated over the centuries, that it shaped the modern concepts of the soul within Christianity, and it is not easily dislodged.

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for the 'soul' is 'nephesh', and it refers to the temporary physical life through breathing. This same word is frequently also used in reference to animals. "And God said , Let the earth bring forth the living creature [nephesh] after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so" (Genesis 1:24, KJV, emphasis added) In some instances the word 'soul' is even used in reference to a dead body (Leviticus 21:11; Numbers 2:13; Haggai 2:13). Ezekiel writes on two occasions that the "soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4, 20, KJV).

In the New Testament the Greek word for the 'soul' is 'psuche', often translated as 'life'. The word is twice used in reference to animals (Revelation 8:9; 16:3). There is no reference in the New Testament to the 'immortal soul'. When immortality is mentioned, it is only in reference to Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6:16).

The soul is corruptible and perishes after death, just as the body does. Man's "breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalm 146:4, KJV). Scripture declares that " the living know that they shall die : but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten" (Ecclesiastes 9:5, KJV), and "there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave" (Ecclesiastes 9:10, KJV). If the soul lives on after death then a resurrection would not be necessary.

To summarize, man IS a living soul that gives life to the body; he does not HAVE an immortal soul dwelling in him.

So, if the soul is mortal and does not live on after death, what part of man may experience eternal life?

The soul part of Adam could not have died that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, because then his body would have died also. The soul is the part of a person that gives the body life. However, some part of Adam must have died that day and if it was neither body, nor soul, then we must search further to determine in what form Adam was created.

Made in God's image

On the sixth day of Creation, God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them."   (Genesis 1:26-27, KJV, emphasis added)

Does this mean that man's physical, outward appearance are the same as God's? Unfortunately there are a tremendous amount of misconception of the word "image" in the Christian church today, leading to the false teachings that God has physical attributes. It is therefore crucial for believers to clearly understand in what form man is created.

Word Hebrew Translation
"image"

Tselem
Strong's Number: 06754

tselem  

tseh'lem

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resemblance
likeness
     
     
"likeness"

D@muwth
Strong's Number: 01823

D@muth  

dem-ooth'

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like as
similitude

     

 

If we are made according to God's "image" or "likeness" then we can safely conclude that we must have inherited some characteristics of God.  God is not a physical being that we are like Him in that manner.  John  explains, "God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."  (John 4:24, KJV, emphasis added). In addition to the body and soul, man was created with a third part, i.e. spirit.

The Fall and Death

The 'death' experienced by Adam and Eve was a spiritual death. The main idea behind death is separation, and they experienced an immediate separation from God. After eating from the forbidden fruit, Adam continued to have body and soul, but what was lost to him that day was the spirit that God gave him. The spirit departed from Adam, and this was death for him. One of the three forms of life that he possessed prior to eating the fruit, was removed that day. This loss of spirit was restored again on the day of Pentecost when God made the Holy Spirit available to all those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Adam's sin caused 'death' to reign through all the generations, "for if by one man's offence death reigned by one;.." (Romans 5:17, KJV)

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."  (1 Corinthians 5:22, KJV)

"There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.   The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."  (1 Corinthians 15:44-50, KJV)

 

Spirit, Soul, and Body

The spirit in man

There is a dimension of man's being that separates him from animals. It is a spiritual dimension which is capable of understanding spiritual, eternal, godly things. Solomon writes "then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:7, KJV). This 'spirit in man' is perhaps the part of man that unites with the Holy Spirit upon conversion. Regardless of whether a person is a Christian or not, his 'spiritual essence' returns to God at death, awaiting resurrection at the time of the final judgment.

Perhaps it is the spirit part of man that died in the Garden of Eden. From that point forward, man's soul was never directed Godward until his spirit becomes regenerated. Isaiah states, "It shall be even as when a hungry man dreameth, and behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty; or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite" (Isaiah 29:8, KJV). Man is not capable of loving God or the things of God until he is born from above. The Spirit of God must first illuminate the spirit of man with divine light and life, and only then can man begin to submit his affections and faculties to God.

All people have their spirits "dead" to God (Ephesians 2:2) until they are sanctified, at which point their spirit is recreated through the new birth (John 3:3). Our body and soul lusts after the way of the "flesh", but our spirit, once sanctified, desires for the Holy Spirit. The flesh is in direct opposition to the spirit, "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would" (Galatians 5:17, KJV). "The key to successful Christian living is to learn to progressively renounce our own soulish devices and allow our minds to be retrained by the Holy Spirit." [10]

You are a living soul that gives life to your body, and you have a spirit witin you. The body and soul are corruptible and perishes after death.

The spirit of man is the sphere in which the Holy Spirit operates in regeneration. The soul is the sphere of activity where Satan operates by appealing to the ideas and emotions of man.

 
How God looks at us
 

"..the LORD seeth not as man seeth ; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."  (1 Samuel 16:7, KJV)
Our human nature focuses on the outward appearance, our actions and our performance.  We prioritize these external things, and we evaluate ourselves, and others, according to this outward criteria.   We often make the mistake of attempting to relate to God through our flesh and bones, forgetting that God relates to us Spirit to spirit.

The 'flesh' is not how God relates to us.   He focuses on the 'heart' of a man, and not the person we see in the mirror.

James likens the Word of God with a mirror.   First, he states that someone who only hears the Word and does not follow through with actions is like a person who looks at himself in the mirror, walks away and immediately forgets what he saw.   "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. (James 1:22-24, KJV)   Then James continues on to say that if a person were to look into the Word of God like you would look into a mirror, remembers what he sees there, and walks in it, his activities will be blessed.  "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.      (James 1:22-25, KJV)

A mirror shows you what you actually look like and not what you think you look like.   Just as a physical mirror shows our physical appearance (our body), the Word of God shows us what our real spirit looks like.  If you want to see if your face is clean, you look in the mirror; and if you want to see what your spirit is like, you look into the Word of God and read what it says about you.

The only way to truly know what is going on spiritually, is to look into the Word of God.

God is Spirit  (John 4:24) and the Word of God is spirit.  Jesus stated, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life"  (John 6:63, KJV),  and Paul instructed believers to take "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God"  (Ephesians 6:17, KJV).

Three parts:   Spirit, Soul and Body

We have to realize that our person does not only consist of flesh and bones.

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  (1 Thessalonians 5:23, KJV)

Our body is easy to identify.   It is our physical part, our flesh, our skin and bones.  We also have a soul, which is our mental operations, our emotions, our personality. 

We also have a third part, our spirit.  Our spirit part is often referred to as the 'heart'.  This is the part that must become recreated, regenerated, or be born again to enter the Kingdom of God.

A new creature

When a person accepts Christ, he becomes a brand new creature.  "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."  (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV).   Many people have the erroneous expectation that everything should instantaneously change when they are born again.   But the bodily part of us does not change after the prayer of salvation.   If you were overweight before praying, you will still be overweight when you wake up the next morning.   If you were depressed, mean, obnoxious, sick, etc., you will still be. This passage is not referring to the physical body changing when you accept Christ.   Paul says, " Your body is corruptible and mortal, and that part of you does not change instantaneously.   Many new believers have the erroneous expectation that since they are now a "new creature", everything in their lives should immediately be different, not realizing that Scripture is referring to the spirit part of a person. 

The body is not saved when we are born again, and neither is the soul.  Your intellectual capacity, personality, bad character traits, and emotionalism do not instantaneously change after you pray the prayer of salvation.   The soul is changed by being "transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2).  The body is changed by "crucifying the flesh"  (Galatians 5:24), and by bringing carnal desires "under subjection"  (1 Corinthians 9:27).

The spirit part of a person is instantly changed at the moment of salvation, however the body and the soul is not.  We are admonished in Scripture to "put off.. the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness"  (Ephesians 4:22-24, KJV).   The 'new man' we become is 'created after God in righteousness and holiness'.   This 'new man' is the spirit part of a person.

Instant Righteousness

Before we became a believer we first had to become aware that we are lost and in need of a Saviour; that our sin has separated us from God and that nothing we do can atone for our iniquity.  We then  accept Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins, acknowledge our sin, ask for His forgiveness, and salvation.   At that moment we instantly become 'in right standing' with God again.  "For a by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."  (Romans 5:19, KJV).  Our spirit is instantly purged from all sin, past and future.   Our spirit is made new, in right standing with God. 

What kind of spiritual 'new creature'

The Bible tells us that when we are born again, we receive God's Spirit.  "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God"  (1 John 4:15, KJV)

Anyone who calls himself a believer, but does not have the Spirit of Christ, is therefore not saved.  "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"  (Romans 8:9, KJV).

Scripture further elaborates that we have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, "if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you"  (Romans 8:11, KJV).

Ephesians 2:22

In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (KJV)

1 Corinthians 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  (KJV)

Romans 8:8-11

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (KJV)

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father.  (KJV)

1 John 4:13, 15-17

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit....Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect , that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is , so are we in this world. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:17

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  (KJV)

Many have the misconception that we will "someday" be like Jesus, but Scripture clearly states that as Jesus is, we are now, "in this world" (1 John 4:17).   God has placed within us His very life and nature and as we begin to "work out our salvation" we can begin to experience heaven here on earth as it is going to be to the degree that you renew your mind.  Jesus prayed, "Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven"  (Matthew 6:10, KJV).   When we are born again, God places heaven inside of us in the form of His Spirit. 

Our Spirit is as complete and perfect as it will be in heaven, but we must renew our mind and submit our actions to it in order for us to see the manifestation of our salvation in our physical body.   We CAN expect manifestation in our physical bodies as we walk more and more in the Spirit.  "If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."  (Romans 8:11, KJV).   The word "quicken" is the Greek word "zoopoieo" which means 'to produce alive', 'to give life', 'to restore life', 'to increase physical life', 'to arouse and invigorate'.   Paul is saying that when we endeavour to walk in the Spirit by denying the flesh, the Spirit will manifests itself in our physical bodies by invigorating it and giving it more life.

Understanding who we are in Christ

If you are truly born again, then God's Spirit entered you.  This Spirit is the exact same Spirit that Christ had when God raised Him from the dead.   We possess the same wisdom, faith, and power  of Jesus.  "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world."  (1 John 4:17, KJV).   But we tend to keep focussing on our body and soulish parts, thinking that we don't have enough faith, or we dwell on our emotions.  If you keep in looking in your body for some physical sensation, or in your soul for some emotional experience, you will never be able to tap into the Spirit of God in you.

Having the same Spirit as Christ, means we have the same love, joy, peace, etc. that God and Christ has.   The Bible says "the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance"  (Galatians 5:22-23, KJV).   It does not say all these are fruit of the flesh.   So, if you're trying to cultivate these characteristics in your body and soul, you can't succeed, because you're trying to do it on your own power, and in the wrong realm.   Once you realize that you already have all these things inside of you within your spirit, you gain a whole new perspective.  The goal is to see them manifested in your body and soul, and you start by acknowledging that you already have it in your spirit.  If you then focus on walking in the spirit (Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:4), its fruit will effortlessly start to appear or manifest itself in your soulish realm and in your body.

1 Corinthians 2:11-12

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.(NKJV)

The first step is to recognize that in your spirit you are already changed, you are complete, and righteous.  Just because you don't 'feel' the power, or confidence, or faith, or joy, or whatever, does not mean that you don't have it, because our body and soul is corrupt, inconsistent and unreliable.  However, we HAVE it all in our spirit.

Understanding who we are once we are born again, is crucial in how we move forward in our Christian live.  Our flesh and our soul cannot understand the things of the Spirit, because they are spiritually discerned, "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."  (1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV).   However, we that believe "have the mind of Christ"  (1 Corinthians 2:16, KJV).

John writes, "ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."  (1 John 2:20, KJV).  The word "unction" refers to a special anointing or endowment from God.   We all know that there are things we don't know.  Knowing "all things" in this passage does not refer to the knowledge of this world and in our soulish part, but the knowledge in our spirit part.  Our spirit knows the hidden wisdom of God. 

To summarize, at the point of salvation, our spirit part is instantly transformed in that we are given all the perfection and righteousness of the Holy Spirit, God in us.   Our body and soul parts are changed through a process by "renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:2).    We thus have a choice after salvation to either start walking in the spirit and develop spiritual maturity that manifests its fruit in our soul and body, or we continue to walk in the flesh and soulish realm and never tap into the power of God's Spirit within us.  We do not lose our salvation if we choose the latter, but we certainly miss out on a tremendous amount of blessings and fulfilment if we do.

Step One:  Salvation

Step Two:  Acknowledging your new spirit

Even if we don't completely understand how God's Spirit works within us, we can acknowledge it's existence.  Paul prayed for Philemon, "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."  (Philemon 1:6, KJV)   Instead of trying to get more from God, realize that you have been given all off Him (His life and ability) already.  You aren't in a process of trying to get more from God;  God is in the process of getting more from you.

If you want to see change in your life, you must start with the inside.  Not with your soulish, emotional, or mental part, but with your spirit.  Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for focusing on the outward things and neglecting the inward, "ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also."  (Matthew 23:25-26, KJV)

We start by recognizing who you are in Christ and instead of pondering our limitations, we begin to fill our thoughts with the knowledge that we "can do all things through Christ" which strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13, KJV).   Scripture says that as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he"  (Proverbs 23:7, KJV). 

Step Three:   Get the Word into your spirit


Receiving the Word in our spirit

How does the Word of God, which is Spirit (John 6:63;  Ephesians 6:17), enter the spirit part of man?  The Word is received through the body and soul parts of man, but it must be perceived by the spirit part in order to take root and be effective.

The author of the Hebrews states, "the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  (Hebrews 4:12, KJV, emphasis added).   We cannot separate or discern clearly between our spirit and soul, but the Word of God can.

James states that we should put away all dirty behaviour, i.e. remove all carnal acts of iniquity, humbly receive the Word of God, which then is planted there and is able to bring salvation.  "Lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."  (James 1:21, KJV)

Often times when we hear the Word of God through a bible teacher, or we read the Word of God ourselves, we perceive the words only through our emotions, or our soulish part.   We may be impressed by the teaching, or a catchy statement may capture our attention, or it may create excitement in us, but rarely does it go further than that.  The Word of God enters through our body and soul;  we hear it spoken through our ears, we see it in print as we read it with our eyes, we employ our brains by memorizing verses, and we may feel excited, encouragement, etc. as it touches our emotions.  However, if it does not penetrate to our spirit part, it cannot take root and grow.  We can apply the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:2-20; Luke 8:4-15) to the various levels of how deep the Word of God can penetrate to the spirit part.

The only true way that the Word of God can penetrate to our spirit part is through the revelation and illumination of the Holy Spirit.  Once God has given the new believer His Spirit, the Word (that is Spirit) will impart to the spirit of the believer.  But it will not penetrate to the deep, fertile ground of the spirit part if it continuously gets choked out by the carnal desires of the body and unruly activity of the soul, referring again to the parable of the Sower.

Jesus stated, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."  (John 15:5, KJV).   The vine and the branch are one plant by nature, and so the person who is born again, becomes a new creature in that they have been given a new spirit that must abide in Christ for spiritual food and growth.

The Word of God is a seed

In the parable of the sower, we learnt that the Word of God is a spiritual seed (Mark 4:14) and when it is planted and cultivated in your spirit, it will grow and bear an abundance of fruit.   When Jesus explained the meaning of the parable of the sower,  He stated that "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart"  (Matthew 13:19, KJV).   Of the four types of people described in this parable the only person that Satan has access to, is the person who does not have understanding.

 
 
 
 
 
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Spirit, Soul and Body 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Man's spirit Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Walk in the Spirit Galatians 5:16-23

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (NKJV)

 
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