John 3:6 and 8; “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
“The WIND blows where is wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell where it comes from, or where it will go; so is every ONE that is born of the Spirit.
HUMANS ARE COMPOSED OF A BODY, SOUL AND A SPIRIT. THREE DISTINCT SEPARATE WORDS THAT MEAN THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN EACH PART OF MAN!
1 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.”
I. SON-LIGHT SHINES ON HIS WORD ILLUMINATING ITS MEANING!
BODY – GREEK WORD: SOMA
SOUL – GREEK WORD: PSUCHE
SPIRIT – GREEK WORD: PNEUMA
FLESH (SARX) AND SIN (HAMARTIA)
Remember, in your reading and study of the word of God, NO word is without special meaning in and of itself. Words have meaning. They are not just fillers, or thrown out as if we can change them or eliminate them. They stand forever and God is not going to let ONE “jot or title”(like the dotting of the i or the comma) as He stated, pass away until ALL is fulfilled.
After we are saved or born again by the word of God as the Holy Spirit brings that about,we are NOT at war with our three parts (which make up our oneness), that is, you are not fighting the new creation which is you, the new creation! We are fighting SIN not our new born again and saved personhood. My body is not my enemy! My soul is not my enemy! My spirit is not my enemy! But SIN in the body called “flesh or Sarx)”, is what we battle with every day due to the unregenerate body of skin and bones!
The word says our enemies are the World, the Flesh(Sin in the body of mankind which is not regenerated), and Satan. The word Flesh there is SARX which is SIN.” WE fight sin which is our enemy and it is identified as being in our body and it is called the Flesh! Romans chapter 8 needs to be read and considered carefully to show what I am speaking about here. I suggest you pick up your Bible and read that chapter carefully with much prayer and mediation.
Sometimes we use the term flesh for our skin and bones and parts of our body, which is fine, but you have to remember that the term is also used in English as the entity of SIN inside of our bodies. It is SARX or the Flesh and SIN! This is what we are delivered from when we get saved. The word said we are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH, yet we know that we are still in our skin and bone and blood bodies, so this actually means something distinct and different than that. This then does not mean we are no longer in our physical bodies for we are. We are however delivered removed out of the FLESH (SARX) sin! Sin no longer reigns and rules over us!! This is a real Important and Essential thing to realize or you will be tossed around by all types of confused ideas and thoughts produced even by Satan himself to confuse us and make us weak!
II. WE ARE NOT A VEGETABLE OR AN ANIMAL, BUT A HUMAN BEING WITH A SPIRIT, MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD!
BODY – ROMANS 6: 12-13 – Present your body to God!
Consider the flesh (sarx) that part of the body where Sin dwells as being dead to you now. God sepereated us from that portion of the fallen nature we have residing in us. Yet, we still live in skin, bones and with blood flowing type body called also the Flesh which is not dead yet. The SIN portion is to be consider DEAD when we are in Christ Jesus. We then in that sense are dead to sin. Colossians 3:5
Discipline your body – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Bridle your body – James 3:2
III. THE SOUL IS MENTIONED ALSO AND IS INVOLVED IN OUR STRUGGLES AGAINST SIN!
- Fleshly lusts war against our soul – 1 Peter 2:11
- Our soul, spirit and heart are saved – 1 Peter 1: 8-9
- Our soul, spirit and hear are born again and purified – 1 Peter 1: 22,23
- God’s promise to Himself is the Anchor for our soul, spirit and heart – Hebrews 6:19
What about our minds? Our minds connect to the soul and spirit and heart, so notice what the Bible says about the mind:
- Our Mind can be led astray – 2 Corinthians 11:3
- The word states, “Be you transformed by the Renewing of the Mind”! – Romans 12:2
- Set your mind on (spiritual things, Christ, having the mind of Christ, etc)! – Colossians 3:2
- From these verses it appears that the “mind” is a function of the entire bodily system which is required for us to even live in this fallen body or nature which is fallen body. The NEW CREATION then is working in and through these bodily functions in order to bring about a more holy, sanctified and controlled lower nature which is NOT regenerated yet. This is a mysterious work for sure, but it has to be that way since we are Born Again and not the same as we were before in our spirit, soul and heart (innermost being)!
IV. THE SPIRIT OF MAN
“For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow (body parts), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (HEBREWS 4:12).
Our soul, and our hearts (innermost being) and our spirit and our body were dead spiritually prior to the New Birth. Now notice not only is the soul saved, but also the spirit, and also we have a new heart:
- It is crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:20
- Our old self is crucified with Him also – Romans 6:6
- We died with Christ – Col. 2:20
- We are new creatures or a creation – Ephesians 4:20-24 – Note past tense: We are to put on the “new mind” or renewed mind of the spirit (note the connection) created by Christ. See: Colossians 3:9-10
- NOTICE: EZEKIEL 36:26 SPEAKING OF THE NEW COVENANT STATES: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” and Matthew 5:8 states: “Blessed are the PURE in heart, for they shall see God”! So those who are not people with a “new heart” or a “changed heart” by the New Birth, WILL NOT SEE GOD!
So, we have a new inner man. A new spirit, a new soul and a new heart, so states 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18. Spiritually we are not our own worst enemies for we are friends of God, children of God not his enemies.
Our spirit doesn’t initiate sin, but it does:
Sigh: Mark 8:11, 12
Gets provoked: Acts 17:16
Is refreshed: 2 Corinthians 7:13.
In 1 Corinthians 6:16-17 we see the spirit of saved people are ONE with CHRIST JESUS.
The Law condemned each of us! The Law also, when sin was laid upon Christ Jesus on the Cross, condemned us and in Christ’s work on the cross had fulfilled its ultimate purpose of crushing sin and judging it absolutely! The law did its work ONCE for all for our sin(s) and now is DEAD to us and we to it! It can’t work on us anymore for we died with Christ, but are ALIVE unto God forever.
So, the Law is good. It is God’s moral law reflective of His character, but it is no longer operative in the life of a born again new creation believer who is DEAD to it and it to them!
It can no longer be used against the believer, because it did its work already and it is not longer to be used against us since we died to it. That is why Paul, through the Spirit, in Romans 7:1-3 used the illustration of a dead spouse being separated from the living one making the living one able to be married to another and not be called an adulteress! The old spouse is no longer able to make claims on the live spouse because he is dead. No legal rights exist for a dead spouse.
Today, when you sin, and approach God as if you are being condemned or punished, as if you are under His wrath and anger because of this sin you have committed, you are saying that you are an adulteress still under the law.
That is an an abomination! Never think so or say so! Don’t do it! Yes, we fail, but we are no longer under condemnation or wrath for our sins. We never lose fellowship and relationship with Jesus Christ or God the Father or God the Holy Spirit due to a personal sin now after being born again. Never!! Yes, we admit and confess to another person we sinned against them, but that sin is FORGIVEN BY GOD AND WE MUST JUST LET IT BE KNOWN WE ALLOWED THE FLESH (sarx) TO OPERATE AND FAIL BUT OUR NEW CREATION OR NEW MAN IS NOT GUILTY FOR WE ARE IN CHRIST HIDDEN FROM WRATH AND ANGER OF GOD!
As I have stated before, the “Flesh”, that part of our inner body where SIN dwells is the Evil Enemy not our skin and bones or blood, or our new spirit, or our new soul, or even our physical body is not our enemy even though it is weak due to the decay and aging process it goes through until we pass away and go back to dust.
I know that a lot of this is mystery, and there aren’t proper words to describe some of the aspects of this mystery of sin because we are not God and do not have the capabilities to understand all of it. But what the Scripture expresses to us we can understand enough to believe and understand much of it for our edification and help so that we may live in a godly manner.