SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: THE SPIRIT (Part 1)
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)
In this capsule we would be discussing THE SPIRIT. My intention is to show you a few things that are completely different from what you have been taught or know, my advice is do like the Berean Christians, take time to go and check the scriptures yourself (1Acts 17:10-11). Just because something is different from what you have been taught traditionally does not mean they are not true. This is definitely a game changer. Like somebody once said, 'if this does not light your fire, then your wood is wet'.
But first a recap of what we have discussed so far. The body is the external part of you that is temporary, your 'earth suit', just like the astronaut needs the 'space suit'. The body, is not you, it is temporary (2 Corinthians 4:16), when you exit this world you leave it behind. It has five senses for survival in a physical world. Secondly, your body confers the authority to operate the power of Holy Spirit. Spirits without body are like illegal aliens here on earth, that is why the Holy Spirit indwells us, and demons seek to demonise or possess people. The Soul is the seat of your personality, it is made up of your mind, will and emotions. Of these 3 your mind is the governor and your emotions are byproducts of your mind and will. Your mind is what needs to be renewed. Unlike your body that is wholly physical, your mind has the capacity to be physical (carnal) or spiritual in expression .
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26 KJV)
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7 KJV)
'Man is a spirit, he lives in a body and has a soul'. You will never find a more true statement than that. The real you is your spirit and that's a truth that must be actioned in your life if you are going to do the WORKS of Christ. Gen. 2:7 establishes the fact that this is the only part of you that comes directly from God, I say this so that you can appreciate the eternal quality of the spirit unlike the body that is temporary. James 2:26 establishes its infinite superiority to both soul and body, without the spirit the body is dead, ready to decay. When the spirit leaves the body we say the person has expired... that is, reached the expiry date!!! In fact the presence of the spirit is synonymous with life (Gen.2:7, John 6:63). So we have established the fact that spirit is the real you, it is Godlike , eternal and gives life or meaning to your soul and body. The question is why is it the one that gets the least attention from us? This is what we would seek to answer in the next few capsules, and hopefully reverse that attitude, because if this is not done we would struggle where we are not meant to (John 3:4, 9)
I AM A SPIRIT, I LIVE IN A BODY AND HAVE A SOUL