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.
THE HUMAN PERSON IS COMPOSED OF A BODY, SOUL AND A SPIRIT. THREE DISTINCT SEPARATE WORDS THAT MEAN THERE IS A DIFFERENT IN EACH PART OF MANKIND!
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. SONLIGHT 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 a 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.
Another thing to remember after we are saved or born again by the word of God as the Holy Spirit brings that about, is this; WE are NOT at war with our three parts (which make up our oneness), that is, you are not fighting yourself. 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!
The word says our enemies are “The World, the Flesh 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!
Sometimes we use the term flesh for our skin and bones and parts of the body complex, that 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! This is what we are DElivered from when we get saved. The word said we are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH. That did not mean we are no longer in our physical bodies for we are. We are however delivered out of the FLESH (SARX) sin! Sin no longer reigns and rules over us!!
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 your body is dead to sin. Colossians 3:5
Discipline your body – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Bridle your body – James 3:2
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 is saved – 1 Peter 1: 8-9
- Our soul is born again and purified – 1 Peter 1: 22,23
- God’s promise to Himself is the Anchor for our soul – Hebrews 6:19
What about our minds? Our minds connect to the soul and spirit 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 Reneweing of the Mind”! – Romans 12:2
- Set your mind on (spiritual things, Christ, having the mind of Christ, etc)! – Colossians 3:2
THE SPIRIT OF MAN
HEBREWS 4:12 – “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 (innermost part of man).”
Our soul, 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:
- It is crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:2
- 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
So, we have a new inner man. A new spirit, a new soul, so states 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 and that is now! Spiritually we are not our own worse enemies for we are friends of God, children of God not his enemies. Our spirits do not initiate Sin, but it does “sigh”, gets provoked, gets refreshed, etc., see: Mark 8:11, 12; Acts 17:16; 2 Corinthians 7:13. And the spirit of saved people are ONE with CHRIST JESUS. – 1 Corinthians 6: 16-17. 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 its ultimate purpose of crushing sin and judging it absolutely! It (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 are DEAD with Christ, but ALIVE unto God forever. So, even though the Law is good, it is God’s moral Law reflective of His character, and it is still existing as such, but it is no longer operative in the life of one who is DEAD to it and it to them! That is the born again new creation believer! It can no longer be used for if it did, it would be evil and wrong because it did its work already and it is not longer applicable or to be used against us since we died to it. That is why Paul through the Spirit used the illustration of a dead spouse being separated from the living one making the living one able now to be married to another and not be called an adulterer!! The old spouse is no longer making claims to the other spouse because she or he is dead!!! No legal rights exist to a dead one. If today, you stumble, sin, slip into sin, and then begin to approach God as if you are being condemned, punished, under His wrath and anger because of this slip up, you are calling out that we are adulterers and adulteresses making God being implicated in the union now as being sinful. That is an an abomination! Never think so or say so! Don’t do it! Yes, we failed, but we are NOT any longer under condemnation or wrath for such slip up and sin now!! It is not held against us. 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 even to another person we sinned against them, but that sin is FORGIVEN BY GOD ALWAYS AND WE MUST JUST LET IT BE KNOW 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, that the “Flesh” that part of our inner body where SIN dwells is the Evil and the Enemy not our skin and bones or blood, or our new spirit and or our new soul and even our physical body parts are 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 isn’t proper words to describe some of the aspects of this because we are not God and do not have the capabilities to understand all of the inner workings going on, but what the scripture expresses we can understand it enough to believe it and understand much of it for our edification and helps to give us a proper way to handle the affairs of our earthly life here spiritually and in a godly manner.