SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: THE SPIRIT (Part 4)
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 (Study in context 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
In this capsule we would look at the second reason why we are not connecting with the New man that is created like God in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). In the last capsule we considered the first reason, which I have termed 'NEW SOFTWARE, OLD PROGRAM. Now the second reason.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
John 3:6-8 KJV
I wish I have words to explain this, but I will try. In John 3:6-8 Christ was trying to explain the existence of the spiritual to Nicodemus. Two key things become obvious, there is no way you can access the spiritual through the physical, (John 6:6), secondly despite the fact that you cannot see the spiritual, it impacts the physical and not the other way round. The gist of verses 7 and 8 is that the physical is natural but the spiritual is supernatural. What this is saying in essence is that there exist 2 worlds , the physical and the spiritual, but the spiritual world is far superior to the physical or better stated it is the parent material for the physical (Hebrews 11:3). In the same way your spirit which is the new creation, created in the exact likeness of Christ is what sustains your physical body (James 2:26).
“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. 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
The only reference point or accurate description of your spirit is the word of God or what James1:25, refers to as the perfect law of Liberty. The word of God is the mirror of the spirit world and of your spirit, there is no other substitute . That is why attending to or paying attention to the word of God is called 'walking in the spirit '. The inability to retain this picture of who you are through the word of God is the second main reason why we struggle to connect with the realities of the New Creation. You must never forget that you are 'more than what meet the eyes'. There is a supernatural part of you made of the 'God stuff ' and you can only see your reflection in the word of God, like the mirror reflects your physical face. James 1:25, says , '“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues........(NKJV). This suggests that you must persist, it is present continuous. This is because there are no other reference point, secondly, the verb 'into' suggests that it is a subject with depth. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Virtually everything hinges on this, your prayers, fasting, confessions will only be meaningful only when you appreciate and understand this.
IF ANY BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A SPECIE OF BEING THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED BEFORE
In the next capsule, we would consider the third main reason why we struggle to stand in who we are in Christ.