Friday, January 25, 2008

SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY (In That Order)

Foundation Scripture: 1st Thessalonians 5:23 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. The spirit of man.

A. Genesis 1:26-27-(Created in God's image, in God's class, in God's likeness.) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

B. Man is a spirit, created to be the associate and companion of Deity.

C. Ezekiel 36:26-27-(A new spirit.) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].

D. 1st Peter 3:4-(Hidden man of the heart.) But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

E. 2nd Corinthians 4:16-(Inward man renewed day by day.) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.

2. The soul of man.

A. The spirit and soul are two separate things (Hebrews 4:12, 12:23). For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

B. Romans 12:1-2. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1. The old man is dead and reborn. The new man is alive; let him live by
renewing the mind with the Word.
2. Without a renewed mind, your mind will agree with your body and blind
your spirit.
3. Do something with your mind. Don't die to self; self has been reborn. Renew
your mind; crucify your flesh.

C. James 1:21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

3. The body of man.

A. Romans 7:18-(No good thing in the flesh.) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.

B. Present your body to God as a sacrifice (Romans 12:1). I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

C. Your body is not your self. You are spirit. You have a soul. You live in a body.

4. Each part has its own function.
A. The spirit contacts (knows) God.
B. The soul contacts the intellectual realm (mind/will/emotion).
C. The body contacts the material world.

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME...

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