Posted by: Nito | May 14, 2016

Spirit, soul and body

Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Body is like a vehicle, equipped with five instruments (senses) that enables man to move in and interact with his physical surroundings. Soul represents man’s personality; it includes his mind, will and emotions. Spirit is the real man; the part that is perfect and made in the image of God (Genesis 1:28), who himself is the Spirit (John 4:24).

Man’s spirit is that which communicates and has a relationship with the Spirit (God). But when the first couple (Adam and Eve) sinned, this relationship was instantly broken (i.e. they spiritually died, see Genesis 2:17) and they were separated from God. Before that point in time they knew and experienced only goodness (God) and did not have any experiential knowledge of the evil (Genesis 3:5). Devil tricked them to trade their immortality for mortality in order to learn what’s not to be learned.

Over time, as man lived separated from God, his spirit became dormant. Man’s spirit (and the relationship with God through his spirit) were not the primary guiding forces of man’s life. The driving force for man became the desires of his heart and imaginations of his mind—the faculties of man’s soul (see the diagram in this post). And those were “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Such is the sinful nature or “old Adam” (Ephesians 4:22-24) that is passed from one generation to another, and nobody is righteous before God (Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:10-18). So, we need Jesus, because through His sacrifice on the cross we are reconciled with God (see Romans 5:10). Receiving Jesus in our life we become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are born again.

When we are born again (John 3:3-7) our spirit is the part that is revived and born again. In that moment we receive the new spirit but everything else is still the same. Our body looks the same and our soul still has the same old sinful nature. Our body would change through us taking care of it with physical exercises and a wholesome diet. But to change our souls (hearts and minds) we would need to change the way how we think and act (see Romans 12:2), which is also referred to as “renewing our minds”.

So, friend, if you are confused because you are born again, but still have the same old desires, don’t be discouraged. Paul faced the same issue (see Romans 7:15) and so does every other believer. Mind renewal is a process and it takes time. I pray that God will give you strength and wisdom. His provision and protection follow you everywhere you go and His peace be settled in your heart, in the name of Jesus!

 

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