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Spirit, Soul and Body

Here are three entities, which are often misunderstood or simply not
understoodatall.
Inthesefewpages,wewilltrytounderstandthesethreeaspectsofourbeing
much more clearly. Indeed as human beings, the Bible says we are made of
threeparts:ourspirit,oursoulandourbody.
1Thessalonians5:23AndtheveryGodofpeacesanctifyyouwholly;andIpray
to God that your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto
thecomingofourLordJesusChrist.
WhenGodcreatedhumans,HecreatedthemintheimageoftheTrinity.John
1:1tellsus:InthebeginningwastheWordandtheWordwaswithGodandthe
WordwasGod.
HeistalkingaboutJesus,whoistheWord.AndthisversetellsusthattheWord
wastherewithGodatthebeginningofcreation.
TheBiblealsosaysinGenesis1:2Andtheearthwaswithoutform,andvoid;
anddarknesswasuponthefaceofthedeep.AndtheSpiritofGodmovedupon
thefaceofthewaters.
So we know now that the three persons of the Trinity were united together
whenhumanbeingswerecreated.
AndwhenGodsaidinGenesis1:26(NIV)"Letusmakemaninourimage,in
ourlikeness,
Ourwholebeing,consistingofspirit,soulandbodywasdesignedintheimage
oftheTrinity.

Indeed, God our Father has plans and a destiny for our lives. Jesus Himself
announced those plans and the Holy Spirit is in charge of helping us in a
practicalwaytofulfillHisdestinyforourlives(seemystudyontheHolySpirit).
Andinthesameway,ourspirit,soulandbodyareconnectedwitheachother.
Unlikeus,theFather,theSonandSpiritareinperfectagreement,inaperfect
relationship.
But since the fall, our threeparts, spirit, soul and body are not in perfect
agreement,letaloneperfectcorrelation.Andthisisthechallengeforourlives
in Jesus Christ, to restore the balance between our spirit, our soul and our
body.
Wearenowabsolutelyclearaboutthefactthat,evenafterbeingbornagain,
we have a problem, mainly with our spirit and our flesh. This is a constant
battlethatwilllastourwholelivesonearth.
JesussaysinMatthew26:41Watchandpray,lestyouenterintotemptation.
Thespiritindeediswilling,butthefleshisweak.

We will try now, to better understand ourselves, by studying the three parts
thatcomposeourbeing.
Forthiswemustlookalittledeeper.
Whenapersonisnotbornagain,hisspiritisunitedwithhissoul.Itisasifhis
spirit and soul were one. The Bible says that the Word of God is able to
separatethesoulandthespirit.
Hebrews4:12ForthewordofGodislivingandpowerful,andsharperthanany
twoedgedsword,piercingeventothedivisionofsoulandspirit,andofjoints
andmarrow,andisadiscernerofthethoughtsandintentsoftheheart.
SoIcanconcludethatwhenIhadnotheardtheWordofGod,itwaslikemy
soulwasweldedtomyspirit.Itisthereforeessentialthatmyspiritisseparated
frommysoul.
But why? For that, lets look in detail, and one by one, at the spirit, soul and
body.
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MY SPIRIT
Whatismyspirit?
Thisisdifficulttocomprehendsincecannotseeit.Icannottouchiteither.ButI
havenodoubtthatmyspiritisinsideofme.
John 19:30 tells us: So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is
finished!AndbowingHishead,HegaveupHisspirit.
Asshowninthispassage,sinceJesusgaveupHisspirittodeathonaCross,the
spiritisthereforethatpartofmethatkeepsmealive.ItisonlywhenIdie,that
myspiritwillleavemybody.
InthispassagethereisnoquestionofthesoulofJesusdeparting,butonlyHis
spirit.ThisiswhytheBiblesaysthattheWordofGodthatproducesfaithwill
isolatemyspiritsothatitiswillbecomefreethesinsthatbindme.
This process occurs when I hear the good news of Jesus Christ and pay
attentiontoit.ThewordsthatIhearortheonesthatIreadwillactasasword
thatwillcuteachtiebetweenmyspiritandmysoul.
Nowmyspiritseparatedfrommysoul,canberegeneratedbyGod.Whydoes
myspiritthereforeneedtoberegenerated?
Simplybecausebeingtiedtomysoulsincebirth,ithasbeencontaminatedby
sin.AndtobetransformedbyGod,itmustbeseparatedfromthetieswithmy
soul.
Atthenewbirth,myspiritwillbesaved,notmybody.
1Corinthians5:5Deliversuchaonetosatanforthedestructionoftheflesh,
thathisspiritmaybesavedinthedayoftheLordJesus.
Forthosewhoarenotbornagain,itistheirsoulandthebodythatgotohell:
Matthew10:28says:Anddonotfearthosewhokillthebodybutcannotkill
thesoul.ButratherfearHimwhoisabletodestroybothsoulandbodyinhell.
SomyspiritisthepartofmybeingwhichhasreceivedeternallifewithGodin
advance.

Since I am born again, my spirit is justified or made righteous; it means that,


Godconsidersthatmyspirithasbeenpurifiedofsin.Ifwearerighteousbefore
GodweareapprovedbyGod.Thenwewilllivehonestly,havehealthythoughts
anddogooddeeds.
Let'slookatRomans8:10AndifChristisinyou,thebodyisdeadbecauseof
sin,buttheSpiritisalivebecauseofrighteousness.
Othertranslationssayintheendoftheverse:"Youhavebeenmaderighteous"
So I can conclude that my spirit who was impure when I was not born again,
becamepureatmynewbirth,andwillremainsoforeternity.Itisonlymyspirit
thatisjustifiedbeforeGod.
Please note I must not confuse my spirit that is regenerated and justified in
Jesus Christ with the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit. These are two different
entities.
I have met Christians who believe that their regenerated spirit and the Holy
Spirit of God is one and the same person. And when I am born again, God
replacesmyspiritwithHis.Itisamistakethatwillcausemisunderstandingin
mywholeperceptionofmyhowmyspiritismaderighteous.
Romans8:16says:TheSpiritHimselfbearswitnesswithourspiritthatweare
childrenofGod,
Here there are two spirits, mine and the Holy Spirit. It is very important to
makethedifferencebetweenthetwo.
FormoredetailsontheHolySpirit,seemystudycalled"HolySpirit".

MY SOUL
We have seen together, that since the new birth, the soul is now separated
fromthespirit.
The soul is the center of our emotions, it incorporates a human perspective,
what we like or do not like, our character and what we commonly call our
personality.
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InLuke2:35,SimeonsaidtoMary,speakingofthecrucifixionofhersonJesus.
(yes,aswordwillpiercethroughyourownsoulalso),thatthethoughtsofmany
heartsmayberevealed.
ItisinhermindthatMaryfeltallthepainthathadpiercedher.
Our souls are like a buffer between our spirits and bodies. It has information
thatthebodyandspiritsendtoit.
When Simeon spoke to Mary that day, it was her ears that passed this
informationtohersoul.BylisteningtothewordsofSimeon,Maryfeltthepain
in her soul. Then, the day she experienced the crucifixion of Jesus, it was her
eyes that hadgiven her theinformation,andthat createda painpiercingher
soul.
Whenwesin,ourbodiesoroursoulsarecontaminatedandonlyourbodiesor
souls.Letusremember,ourspiritremainspure,forinthenewbirth,theyare
justifiedbyGod.
Formoredetailsseemystudyon"NewBirth".
Mysoulknowsfeelings,likejoy,peace,pain,sadness.
Matthew26:38ThenHesaidtothem,Mysoulisexceedinglysorrowful,even
todeath.StayhereandwatchwithMe.
Psalm16:9Thereforemyheartisglad,andmygloryrejoices;Myfleshalsowill
restinhope.
Psalm 41:4 say: I said, LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have
sinnedagainstYou.
My soul is my personality that makes me who I am. At certain times in the
Bible,thesoulisdescribedasalivingbeing,likeasaphysicalperson.
You cannot really say that the soul is exactly this or that. It is in fact all that
describesalivingbeingwhohasthoughtsandmakesdecisions.
However, a clear distinction must be made between the soul in the Old
TestamentandtheNew.

Let us remember in Hebrews 4:12, which says that when I hear the Word of
God(hencethegoodnewsofJesusChrist,whoHimselfistheWord),mysoulis
separatedfrommyspirit.ThiswasnotthecaseintheOldTestament.Atthat
time the soul was fully linked to the human spirit. They were one, just like a
person today who has not heard the Word of God, or who has heard but
refusedtoobey.IdonotmeanthathumansintheOldTestamentweresimilar
tothosewhoarenotinChristtoday,notatall.Butjustthattheirsoulandspirit
areoneandthesameentity.
But the spiritual situation is totally different, because in the Old Testament,
God'speopleobeyedmostlybyfollowingHiscommands,whichisnotthecase
forpeopletodaywhoarenotbornagain.
Nowthatthispointhasbeenclarified,wewillgobacktothedefinitionofour
soul.
InHebrew,thesoulis"nephesh.Literally,itcanmean:

ACreature
Everythingthatbreathes
Themanhimself
Theseatoftheemotionsandpassions
Alivingbeing
Everythingthathaslifebytheblood

Wecanthereforesaythateverylivingbeingthatlivesandbreathesandhasa
bloodsystem,hasasoul.Thisincludesbothhumansandanimals.
EverytimeIhavetomakeachoice,makeadecision,actinonewayoranother,
itismysoulthatgivestheordertomybody.
Imustrealizeoneimportantthing,mysoulcanbetransformed.
IamnottothinkthatIhaveacertaintypeofpersonalitythatcandisappoint
meattimes.IamnottobepessimisticandtellmyselfthatIwillneverchange.
Notatall.
OrthatIamsatisfiedwithwhoIamanddonotreallyneedtochange.

Wellletmetellyouthatoursoulneedstobetransformedandwemustgrow
spirituallyandbecomemoreChristlike.
LookatwhatJohnsaysinhisthirdletter.
3John1:2Beloved,Ipraythatyoumayprosperinallthingsandbeinhealth,
justasyoursoulprospers.

THE BODY
IwouldsaythattheBodyistheeasiestpartofustounderstand.However,at
thesametimeitisthemostdifficulttosubdue.
Ofcourse,becauseIcanseemybodyandcantouchit,Ihaveapictureofthis
bodyofmine.
Italso,justlikemysoul,canchangeandbedrawntowardgoodorevil.
PaultoldtheRomans:
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the
Spirityouputtodeaththedeedsofthebody,youwilllive.

It is easy to identify the ways in which my body communicates. These are


simplyourfivesenses.

Touch
Smell
Hearing
Sight
Taste

Withthefivesensesmybodywillspeaktomysoul.
Onemightthinkthatourbodyisnotreallyspiritual,becauseoftenitisthrough
itthatsinentersinus.
TheBibletellsusthatourbodyisweak,itdoesnothaveawillthatcanmakeit
seereason.
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Mark14:38.Watchandpray,lestyouenterintotemptation.Thespiritindeed
iswilling,butthefleshisweak.
WhenIstartedstudyingthespirit,soulandbody,Ibegantorealizethatoften
my body was lying when it spoke to me. For example it was saying: "I'm
hungry",or"I'mtired,"butitwasnotthecase.
AndthenIfellintoanerror,bybeginningtodislikemybody.Ithoughtitwasa
liar.Mostofmyproblemscomefrommybody.Itisweak.Itisnotspiritual.I
amabornagainChristian,Iwanttoimproveandchangeforthebetter.
Butmybodyisjusttheopposite.Thenwhycontinuewithit?AndwhenIread
passageslike:
Romans7:24OwretchedmanthatIam!Whowilldelivermefromthisbodyof
death?
Thisthinkingisonlyreinforced.
I said, I will concentrate fully on my spirit and my soul, so my body will not
continuetoslowmyprogresstowardsgrowthinGod.
Afterafewweeks,Irealizedthatwithatheorylikethis,Ihadmademybody
myenemy.
AndonemorningwhenIprayed,theHolySpirittookmebackandsaid:"Yes,of
courseyourbodyisweak,itisoftenthepartofyourbeingwhichcausessome
sininyourlife.Butlook,rightnowyoupraytoMe,andhowdoyoudoit?With
yoursoul,withyourspirit.Butalsowithyourmouth.Whenyouworshipmein
music,youdoitalsowithyourbody."
HowdidInotseetheobvious?Iwasblinded,itwasnowobvious.
Iwasavictimofmyownstupidity.Itwasagoodlessonforme.
Fromthis time,IunderstoodthatifGodcreatedusspirit,soulandbody, itis
because He knew what He was doing. And although my body causes me
problemattimes,myFatherinheavenhasgivenmeinJesusChrist,allIneed
toeliminatetheproblemwiththeassistanceoftheHolySpirit.

I will use my body to communicate with others. We are not naturally able to
read the thoughts of others. So it is with my bodily senses that I talk with
others. The words that I say and hear, when I touch someone, all these
examplesarethedifferentinformationthatmysoulwillhavetoanalyze.
SometimesIreactwithoutthinking.Proverbs20:25says:Itisasnaretothe
manwhodevouredthatwhichisholy,andaftervowstomakeenquiry.

Nowthatweknowalittlemoreaboutthedifferentfunctionsofthespirit,soul
andbody,wewillbeabletoaddresstherelationshipbetweenthethree.
Howdotheycommunicate?
Howtheylivetogether?
Whoshouldprevail?
Howdowestrikeabalancebetweenthethree?
I remember that if I am born again, these are three parties that make up my
beingandonlyifIambornagain.
IsaythisbecauseIoftenseepeoplewhowereclearlynotbornagaintryingto
adoptbehaviorsandattitudesofpeoplewithrenewedspiritswhoarejustified
byGod.Itisimpossible.ThisisthecaseofsomepeoplewhoattendChristian
gatherings and try to act like a born again person without being themselves
bornagain.Youcanfindpeoplewhodosooutofsheerhypocrisy,orsimplyby
ignorance.Theseareattitudesthat,unfortunately,havealwaysexisted.
Jesus himself pointed out in Matthew 23:28. Even so you also outwardly
appearrighteoustomen,butinsideyouarefullofhypocrisyandlawlessness.
PaulalsosaidtoTitusinTimothy,
1Timothy1:13AlthoughIwasformerlyablasphemer,apersecutor,andan
insolentman;butIobtainedmercybecauseIdiditignorantlyinunbelief.
It is therefore essential before all else, to make sure that one is born again,
becauseitisnotenoughtohavebeenbaptizedbyimmersiontobebornagain.
(FormoredetailsseemystudyontheNewBirth)
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SoImustbesurethatmywholebeingcomposedofmyregeneratedspiritand
thenmysoulandmybodyisjustifiedbyGod.
1Cor15:45Andsoitiswritten,ThefirstmanAdamwasmadealivingsoul;the
lastAdamwasmadeaquickeningspirit.
Myspiritisperfect,itneversins.Itisalreadyveryencouragingtoknowthata
partofmeisalreadyperfect.Icancountonmyspirit.Icanleanonhim.
Whenever God, through His Holy Spirit talks to me, He will do it through my
spirit.Itisaveryimportantthingtorealize,becauseitisnotbymysoulnorby
mybodythatI'mdrawingclosertoGod,butbymyspirit.
Luke24:45AndHeopenedtheirunderstanding,thattheymightcomprehend
theScriptures.
Thechallengeisnottoconfusemysoulandmyspirit.Icanseeneithertheone
northeother.ButtheyhaveadifferentfunctionnowthatIambornagain.It's
myspiritthatmustpermeatemysoulregularlywiththeknowledgeofGodand
nottheopposite.It'slikeaonewaystreet,myspiritistherelikeatankthatis
readyatanymomenttopermeatemysoulwithallitscontents.
ThisisexactlywhatPaulteachesinEphesianswhenhetoldthem:
Ephesians4:23andberenewedinthespiritofyourmind.
TheNIVtranslationsaysyoumustalsoberenewedbythespiritofyourmind
Ourintelligenceisoursoul,thatwhichweusetothink.
Paulsaysherethatwehavetoregularlyallowoursoulstobeinfluencedbyour
spirits.
When I taught this to my three children, I used an image that I'm going to
describehere.
OneeveningImeteveryoneinourlivingroom.TheysatonthecouchandIwas
infrontofthem,beforeourlittlecoffeetable.Ihadpreparedabowlofwater
andaspongethatIhaddriedinthesunsoitwashardandrough.AndfinallyI
tookasmallfigurinefromthetoyboxbelongingtomylittleboy.

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Istartedbysaying:"Youseethisbowlfilledwithwater,itislikeourspiritsthat
God made when we were born again. And the Holy Spirit takes care to fill it
regularly every time I spend time with Him in His fullness. Every time He
teachesmesomethingnew,mybowl(myspirit)isfilledwithwater.
And youseethesponge.Itisquitehardand dry."(Iputit onthefaceofour
littlesonknowingthathewouldsay:ithurts!).
Icontinuebysaying,"nowbyhearingyourbrother,youknowthatit'snotvery
nicetoputthespongeonhisface.Thisspongeislikeoursoul.IfIdonotdipin
regularlyinthewaterbowl,itisnotpleasant,andofcourseIwillnotbeableto
washthisfigurine.Look,ifItrytowashit,it'snotworking.Icannotremovethe
dirtthatislodgedintherecesses.Nowlook,whenIletthespongefloatonthe
surfaceofthebowl,afterafewseconds,itbecomesquitesoftandabsorbsthe
liquid. Look how useful it is now, especially as it cleans the figurine well. But
what will happen if after I wash the figurine, I leave my sponge in the sun,
withoutsoakingitregularlyinthebowl?Itwilldryoutagainofcourse."
Imustsaythatafterthisdemonstration,everyoneunderstoodwell.
Youmightsay,thisstoryisverysweetandsimple,buthowcanIrenewmysoul
(mymind)asstatedinEphesians4:23?
FirstofallImustunderstandthatmysoulislocatedbetweenmybodyandmy
spirit.ItisabufferasIsaidatthebeginning.Everythingthatmybodywillsee
andhearwillimpactmysoul,forwemustrememberthatourbodysendswhat
itseesorhears,immediatelytooursouls.Andasthisisrepeatedthroughout
thedayitwilldryoursoulsandpollutethem.
It is a process that never stops. If my soul continues to receive spiritual
pollution,itwillbecometheenemyofmybody.Itwillbetotallysubmittedto
mybody.Inthelongterm,IwillfinallyletthesinenterintomylifeandIwill
cometothepointofdenyingGod.Thisisthegoalofthedevil.
Thegoalshouldbetoregularlydipmyspongeintothebowlfullofwater.IfI
stoprenewingmymind(mysoul),Icantellmyselfitisnotsoimportantafter
all, I'll do it tomorrow! But remember that the messages coming from my
senses arrive several times a day to my soul, and therefore I may find myself
backsliding.
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PaulsaysitagaininRomans12:2Anddonotbeconformedtothisworld,butbe
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
goodandacceptableandperfectwillofGod.
Somepeoplethinkbyreadingthisversethattherenewingofyourmindoccurs
onlyonce.No,thatwouldmeannomorestrugglesbetweenthespiritandthe
flesh.
AndthisisnotwhattellsusMark14:38Watchandpray,lestyouenterinto
temptation.Thespiritindeediswilling,butthefleshisweak.
Thereisastrugglebetweenthetwoandmybodywillalwaystrytoovercome
myspirit.
This renewal is different for each of us, simply because we all have different
personalities.
Somewill havean inordinateattractiontofoodthatwillcauseobesity.Some
fortheoppositesexthatwillcauseadultery,othersfortobaccothatwillcause
lungdiseaseandthelistgoeson.I'mnotsayingthatobeseChristiansarenot
spiritual, but simply that we all have struggles with our bodies and some of
thesestrugglesarevisiblewhilstothersarenot.
Farfrommetowanttojudgeanyone,butIthinkthatabalancebetweenmy
spirit,soulandbodywillenablemetoliveintheperfectwillofGod.
Jesus teaches us how to act in our bodies. He deliberately uses words and
actionstomakeusunderstandthatwemustsubdueourbodiesassoonaswe
perceivethatasituationmaybecomeanopportunitytopolluteoursouls.
LetusreadMatthew5:2930Ifyourrighteyecausesyoutosin,pluckitout
andcastitfromyou;foritismoreprofitableforyouthatoneofyourmembers
perish,thanforyourwholebodytobecastintohell.30Andifyourrighthand
causesyoutosin,cutitoffandcastitfromyou;foritismoreprofitableforyou
thatoneofyourmembersperish,thanforyourwholebodytobecastintohell.
ObviouslyIwillnottearoutmyeyesorcutmyhandoffonthepretextthatIdo
thingsthatpollutemysoul.

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But here Jesus makes the point that we must not take this command lightly.
The spiritual pollution of our souls will eventually lead us to hell if we do
nothingtostopit.
IftheHolySpiritclearlyshowsmeaweaknessinmyrelationships,mydiet,my
language, my readings, etc. .... I have tostop, because it is better to arrive in
thekingdomofGodwithouthavingexperiencedthesethings,thanhavedone
someorallofthemandfinishupinhell.
I do not mean to be legalistic, because I'm not. It is clear that what will be a
stumblingblockforonewillnotbeatallforanother.Thisiswhyitisimportant
not to generalize. For example we must not say: "Do not do this because I
noticedthatformeitisnotagoodthing."
God wants selfcontrolled children who know their personal weaknesses and
donotadopttheweaknessesofothersintheirownlives.
UnfortunatelyIhaveoftenseenincommunitiesthatChristiansactstupidlyand
almostforceotherstoadopttheirweaknessesbymakingrulesforeveryoneto
follow.
Our Father has made available to us several ways to renew our souls so our
spiritsarejustified.
Thefirst,andmostimportantwayisthroughHisWord,theBible.Heleftusall
thisteachingsothatwecanliveahappylifeforalleternity.
RegularreadingoftheBibleisfundamentalfortherenewalofoursouls.Thisis
wherewewilldrawallknowledge.TheBibleislikeamanual.
We cannot just build knowledge through sermons on Sundays and perhaps
fromafewmeetingsduringtheweek.Norfromsermonswelistentoorwatch
onTVortheInternet.
IamthankfultoGodforalltheseways,buttheyareextrasandnotthebasisof
myspiritualteaching.
ManyChristiansdonotreadtheBibletoday.
PrayingisanotherwaythatourFathergaveustorenewoursouls.
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To grow as Christians, a full relationship with the Holy Spirit is essential,


because it is He who will teach me, and by His teaching our souls will be
strengthenedandrenewed.
John14:26saysButtheHelper,theHolySpirit,whomtheFatherwillsendin
My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all
thingsthatIsaidtoyou.
HowistheHolySpiritgoingtoteachme?
He teaches me when I speak with Him and when we have dialogue together.
(See my study on the Holy Spirit). It is my responsibility to put myself in a
positiontoreceive.
ItisobviousthatifIdonottaketimetotalkexclusivelytoHimandbetaught
bytheHolySpirit,Iwillnotbeabletopenetratedeeplyintoarelationshipwith
Him.
SometimesyoucanhearsomeChristianssay:"IprayinthecarorIprayinthe
shower.IknowthisbecausethisisthewayIprayedintheearlyyearsofmy
newbirth.
IfyoudothisitisobviousthatyouloveyourFatherinheaven.
1Thessalonians5:17sayswearetopraywithoutceasing.Butifyouprayonly
in your car, only in the shower, etc ..., you cannot renew your soul as God
wants you to. You miss many opportunities to strengthen yourself, to take
controlofyourbodyanddrawwhatyouneedfromyourregeneratedspirit.
I must balance my spirit, my soul and my body as if they were one. I cannot
afford to imbalance one of the three, because the others will become out of
balance.
Moreover,thedevilwillnothesitatetoattackmybody,mysoulormyspirit.
He will use any means to cause us to sin. Whether he draws us to himself
through the body, the soul or the spirit, his goal is to lure us into hell for
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Thefactthatwearebornagaingivesusaccesstoeternallifeonceandforall.If
I am born again my spirit is justified and will be in the kingdom of God for
eternity.
Even if I sin it remains true that I have eternal life. (For more details see my
studyontheNewBirth)
Butevenifmyspiritiseternal,Imustmakeeveryeffortnottosin,sothatmy
soulwillnotbepolluted.
LetslookmorecloselyathowsatanattackedJesusspirit,soulandbody.
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
temptedbythedevil.
Christhadspentfortydaysaloneinthewilderness.ForHim,thesefortydays
werefulloflessonsfromHolySpirit.
One might think that Jesus had ample time to talk and receive from the Holy
Spirit.
Thedevilbeganwithhisbody.
Matthew4:23AndwhenHehadfastedfortydaysandfortynights,afterward
Hewashungry.3NowwhenthetemptercametoHim,hesaid,IfYouarethe
SonofGod,commandthatthesestonesbecomebread.
Imagine not eating for forty days. I think the body of Jesus was saying to his
soul: "Im hungry, give me something to eat!" What a struggle between His
body,Hissoul,andHisspirit.ButJesusdidnotflinch.Why?
BecausethebalancebetweenHisbody,soulandspiritwasthere.
Matthew4:56ThenthedeviltookHimupintotheholycity,setHimonthe
pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw
Yourselfdown.Foritiswritten:HeshallgiveHisangelschargeoveryou,and,
Intheirhandstheyshallbearyouup,Lestyoudashyourfootagainstastone.
Thistimeit'sHissoulthatthedeviltriedtotempt.
It is with our souls that we make decisions. If I decide to speak, act or do
anythingelse,itismysoulthatwillhavethefinaldecision.
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HerethedevilistryingtobringdownJesusbyattackingHissoul."Goahead,
goaheadmakeadecisiontothrowYourselfdown.AgainJesusdidnotflinch.
Why?Becausethebalancebetweenbody,soulandspiritwasthere.
Matthew4:89Again,thedeviltookHimuponanexceedinglyhighmountain,
andshowedHimallthekingdomsoftheworldandtheirglory.9Andhesaidto
Him,AllthesethingsIwillgiveYouifYouwillfalldownandworshipme.
With this last attempt satan is trying to bring down and tempt Jesus in His
spirit.
The Bible says in John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those whoworship Him must
worshipinspiritandtruth.
ItiswithourspiritsthatweworshipGod.
Itiswithourspiritsthatweconnectwiththespiritualworld.GodisSpirit,satan
isalsoaspirit.AndifJesushadagreedtoworshipsatan,Hewoulddosowith
His spirit. Again Jesus did not flinch. Why? Because His mind, soul and body
wereinperfectbalance.
What can we say about these temptations? Firstly, Jesus was tempted in all
things,likeallotherhumansare.
Hebrews4:15tellsus:ForwedonothaveaHighPriestwhocannotsympathize
withourweaknesses,butwasinallpointstemptedasweare,yetwithoutsin.
ButallHisstrengthlayinthefactthatHisspirit,soulandbodywereinperfect
balance.
Letsseesomeexamples:
Everyonehasexperiencedthesesituationsatleastonceintheirlives.
Forexample,wheninagivensituationIrealize,toolateofcourse,thatIhave
replied badly, or that I left without saying what I should have said, or that I
have made fun of someone or that I drank too much alcohol and became
drunk. And within seconds, I realize that I acted without thinking. This is a
typicalexampleofactinginthefleshandnotallowingourbodiestobetamed
byoursoulorintellect.
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Suchreactionsaresoquick.Weactwithoutthinking.Werealizetheimpactof
what weve done only after the damage is done. If we are honest, we've all
facedsuchsituationsatleastonceinourlives.Itisthefeelingofnotbeingable
to master our own words, thoughts or actions. Sometimes we hear someone
say:"Thetemptationoverpoweredme."
Proverbs13:16.says:Everyprudentmanactswithknowledge,Butafoollays
openhisfolly.
From reading this verse, we realize how vital it is for our renewed souls to
dictatethethoughtsandactionsofourbody.
Why does my body act like that? Why do I feel he is the master in so many
situations?
Because my body isnotusedtoallowingmysoulto dictatemythoughtsand
actions. Because I have not taken the time to think and consider the areas in
whichmysouldoesnotyethavemasteryovermybody.
TheonlywaywecanbejustifiedinChristiswhenourbodyisinsubmissionto
ourrenewedspirit.Withmuchdiscipline,aswemeditateonpassagesfromthe
Bible and as we dialogue regularly with our best friend, the Holy Spirit, our
bodieswillberenewed.
Thenwewillnolongerbesurprisedthatourbodiesarenotthemastersofour
souls.Butmybodywillbecomemyallyandwillalsohavespiritualdesires.
Inadifficultsituationinhislife,KingDavidhadastrongdesiretobeevencloser
toGod.Hesaid:
InPsalm63:1OGod,YouaremyGod;EarlywillIseekYou;Mysoulthirstsfor
You;MyfleshlongsforYouinadryandthirstylandwherethereisnowater.
Hissoulandbody,atthetime,wereinagreement.
AsIcommunicatewithmyFatherthroughtheHolySpiritandmediateonsuch
Scripture,thedesiresofmybodyandsoulwillbecomeoneandthesame.As
wesaidalittleearlier,Ineedtotakesometimetothinkandmeditateonthe
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The potential danger is when everything is going well and we let our guard
down.
Keepinmindthatthisfightisongoing,aswehavealreadymentionedabove.
Romans6:12says: Thereforedonotletsinreigninyourmortalbody,thatyou
shouldobeyitinitslusts.
My body will always be tempted by greed which is against the teachings of
JesusChrist.
It'slikemybodyispullinginonedirectionwithacertainforceandmysoulis
pullinginanotherdirection.
Whenmysoulisrenewed,itwillpushmybodyintheoppositedirectionwitha
greater force. But the fact is that my body will continue to tempt me to be
greedyandifIdonotlistentomyregeneratedsoul,mybodywillcausemeto
fallintotemptation.
SomeChristiansbecomeless vigilantandoverconfidentandfallbackintothe
temptationstheythoughttheyhadovercome.
Weshouldneverforgetthatwemustfightthegoodfightuntiltheend.
HowdoIrenewmysoulormythoughtlife?
Whatrolehasmyspiritinthisbalance?
Ephesians4:23says:andberenewedinthespiritofyourmind,
Fromthisverseweknowthatthereisarenewingofourintellectwhichisour
soul.
Toasportsperson,training is vitalforhimtoattaingoodresults.Accordingly,
for a Christian training is equally as vital for the transformation of the soul in
termsofresults.Asforthesportsperson,ifIcutbackontrainingmybody,my
spiritualgrowthwillsufferaccordingly.
Ihavetounderstandthatmysoulworksjustlikeamuscle.ThemoreItrainit,
bydrawingclosertoGodthroughHisWord,thestrongeritwillbe.

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WhenIspeakabouthowtoapproachBiblestudy,Iamnotsayingthatwehave
toreadforthesakeofreading,todevourthepageswithoutthinking,assome
Christiansdo.Andoncetheyfinishreading,theyfindsometimesthattheyhave
not learned anything new because they have not mediated on the Word and
appliedittotheirlives.
I remember when I read the Bible as a young Christian, the most important
thingformewastoreadasmanyversesaspossible.Ireadquiteafewbooksof
the Bible, but I was reading for the sake of reading and Gods Truth had not
takenrootinmylifeafewweeksaftermyreading.
Ofcourse,itisgoodtodesiretoreadinfullthestoryofacharacterfromthe
Bible.InthiscaseitisgoodtoreadforexamplethestoryofDavid,thenreadit
again,thistimestoppingateachpassage,projectingourselvesintothestoryin
context and imagining that we are silent spectators. This is where the Holy
Spirit assists us. One of His goals is to help us understand the Scriptures in
depthandapplytheminaverypracticalwayinourlives.
Asweconsideragainhowoursoulworkslikeamuscle,werealizethatitwill
growandbecomestrongerandmoreresistanttotemptation.
This spiritual training must be scheduled regularly so that our souls become
strongerandhavemasteryoverourbodies.
Romans 6: 12 Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you
obeyitsevildesires.
When an athlete stops training, after some time his muscles will weaken and
becomelessresistantandpowerful.
Nomatter,whateverthelevelofperformancethathadbeenachieved,itisjust
amatteroftimebeforehismuscleswillregaintheirpreviousstrength.
This is the case with our souls as well. Regardless of the level of spiritual
growth,ifIstoptraining,itwilljustbeaquestionoftimebeforeIbackslideand
loseallthebenefitofyearsofspiritualdiscipline.
I am not speaking here of the state of my soul before my new birth, but the
stateofmysoulaftermynewbirth.WhenIambornagain,thereisonlyonesin
againsttheHolySpiritthatcanmakemelosemysalvation.
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WhenIunderstandthatGodlovesme,itismyspiritwhichbearsthiswitness.
WhenIunderstandapassageintheScripturesthathadoncebeenamysteryto
me,itismyspiritthatiswitnessingtomethroughtheHolySpirit.WhenIfeel
thedesiretobenearertoJesusbecauseIloveHimforwhoHeis,itmyspirit
thatiscommunicatingtome.
MyspiritisalwayswillinginmattersthatrelatetoGod.
Haveyoueverthought:"IreallywanttotalkwithmyFatherinprayer.Ihave
thisstrongdesire,becauseit'sgoodforme."
You know that it is good, that you will reap benefits, but you cant make the
decisiontodoit.Youhaveotheropposingthoughtslike:"Iwontprayduring
the day, I usually pray in the morning or the evening". Or, "I dont want to
isolatemyselfnow,Iamtoobusy."
Thesearetypicalexamplesofhowmyspiritspeakstomysoul,butinthiscase,
mysoulisnotlisteningtothevoiceoftheHolySpirit.Itisasoulthatneedsto
berenewedandfilledafreshwiththeHolySpirit.
Roman8:16says:TheSpiritofGodhimselftestifieswithourspiritthatweare
childrenofGod.
When the Holy Spirit speaks to me, He speaks to my spirit. And it is my
responsibilitytocontinuallybetransformedinmysoulasHisSpirittestifiesto
myspirit.
PaulillustratesthisfactverywellinRomans7:2123Ifindthenalaw,that
evilispresentwithme,theonewhowillstodogood.22ForIdelightinthelaw
ofGodaccordingtotheinwardman.23ButIseeanotherlawinmymembers,
warringagainstthelawofmymind,andbringingmeintocaptivitytothelaw
ofsinwhichisinmymembers.
Inverse21,herealizesthathisbodyisfightingagainsthissoul.TheBiblesays
thatevenasabornagainChristian,mybodytriestobringmeintocaptivityto
sinandtodothethingsthatGodcondemns.
AndwhyisPaulawareofthisprinciple?
Inthenextversewewillfindtheanswer.
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It is because he takes delight in the law of God and chooses to follow the
teachingsofJesusChrist.Itisbecausehisinnermanisbeingrenewed,thatPaul
takespleasureinthislaw.
Peoplewhoarenotbornagaindonthavethislawwarringinsideofthem.Soif
thereisawarwithinyou,you'reontherightpath.
Paulknowsthatthiswarwillcontinueuntilhehasreceivedthecelestialbody
thatGodwillgivehimwhenheentersintoHiskingdom.
Thisiswhathesaysinverse23whenheisspeakingofthefactthathisbody
causeshimtowalkindisobediencebytakinghimcaptive,likeaprisoner.
He is perfectly aware that his soul and spirit, for the moment, are currently
lockedinhisbody,heislikea"prisonerinhisbody."
ThesestatementsofPaulmayseemnegativeorpessimistic,buttheynotatall,
because Paul continues in Chapter 8 of Romans: 12 by saying: There is
thereforenownocondemnationtothosewhoareinChristJesus,[a]whodonot
walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the
SpiritoflifeinChristJesushasmademefreefromthelawofsinanddeath.
Nowthatweunderstandthatweliveinabodyandhaveaspiritandsoul,we
willbemuchmoreabletowalkaccordingtotheSpirit.
Itisthroughknowledgethatwegrowspiritually.
Rereadthepassagesdealingwiththespirit,soulandbody.
AsktheHolySpirittospeaktoyouandteachyou.(SeemystudyontheHoly
Spirit)
Giveityourutmostattentionanddonotgrowslack.
RegularlyasktheHolySpirittoregenerateyoursoulthroughyourspirit.
Remember,theHolySpiritisapersonwhoiswithyouallthetimes.Speakto
Himasyouwouldyourbestfriend.
Hewillshowyouwhattodo.

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Itisalearningprocessthattakesplaceinourmindsbecauseitrelatestothings
ofthespiritandnottheflesh.
SinceIgavethedemonstrationaboutthespongetomychildren,myyoungest
prayseveryevening:"Jesus,helpmetodipmysponge.

May God help you through prayer, dialogue with the Holy Spirit, Bible study,
andpersonaldiscipline,toregularlydipyourspongeinyourspiritthatisbeing
regeneratedinChristJesus.

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