SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: The introduction
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)
As a follow on to capsule 23 (am assuming we are agreed on what the 'works' is), to really be able to make any head way I believe a sound understanding of the concept of 'spirit, soul and body' is required. In all honesty I cannot imagine how anybody can claim to understand the word of God without approaching it from this view point. It is my firm belief that this is the key that unlocks the bible.
Except you spend time to grasp this concept and master it, the supernatural will remain a conundrum . A typical example is seen in John 3 and the discussion between Christ and Nicodemus. He found it frustrating to understand Christ when he was told that he needed to be born again. Remember that he was a ruler in the synagogue , he was interested in seeing the manifestation of the power of God but because he lacked the basic understanding of the concept and Interplay of spirit, soul and body, his ignorance and frustration was exposed.
Another example is seen in the sixth chapter of second Kings, when Elisha made the profound statement about the presence of the heavenly support available for himself and his servant. The situation must have been frustrating to both master and servant for different reasons . They were both operating at different 'wavelengths' so to say. The Angels were there all along, but lack of understanding of the concept of spirit, soul and body led to the temporary miscommunication .
In John chapter 4, the woman at Jacob's well had the same difficulty which was what Christ tried to rectify by saying 'God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24 KJV)', which is a response to the confusion she had about where God should be worshiped (John 4:20).
Hebrews 10:23 says we should hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering. Are we confessing because it is so, or confessing to make it so? Why do words matter? Why do we lay hands? These and virtually all the questions you will have can be unlocked and understood when you grasp the concept and live the reality of spirit, soul and body.
SPIRIT FIRST, THEN SOUL AND LASTLY BODY