This is the complete Be Free Ministries series on Spirit, Soul and Body. In this series we will look at our spirit, soul and body, our heart, our conscience and how the Bible is our spiritual mirror.
Now before we begin lets pray about what is already ours in Christ Jesus.
Father open my eyes of my understanding, help me direct my imagination to see the hope of your calling, help me know the exceeding greatness of your power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and the riches of the glory of your inheritance that's in me, also Father that you reveal Christ in me the hope of all glory, thank you in Jesus name amen.
Part One – Spirit, Soul and Body
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
If you are a Christian and have read the verse above then you can clearly see that Gods Word teaches that you are a three part being. Understanding spirit, soul and body is foundational and by recognising this truth, it has the potential to revolutionise your entire Christian life and will help you to understand your true identity in Jesus Christ.
Let’s look at the relationship between God and man
* "God is Spirit" (John 4:24)
* God decided to make us in His image (From Genesis 1:26, “Then God said let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness”)
* God then created us (From Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul” )
So from this we can see that we were made in His image and likeness spiritually not physically. We are a spirit being who has a soul and lives in a body.
In Genesis 2:17, God told man; “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”.
In Genesis 3 we read that man’s relationship with God was broken after man chose independence and disobeyed Gods command after being deceived and tempted by satan and the consequences following this.
So from this point man became spiritually dead. Man became disconnected from God and became a two part being - body and soul. The spirit became dormant.
But as we know, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16)
So God showing His great love for us provided a route of salvation in His Son who would redeem us with our Father in heaven. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6”
It is only through our faith in Jesus through the redemption He has offered to man by dying on the cross for our sins that we are able to learn, understand and experience our true identity in Him - our spirit
When we were born again we reconnected with God.. Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3
So upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God joined with our own spirit. The apostle John said “This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us; He has given us of His Spirit” 1 John 4:13
“the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you”
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
We have access to the same intimacy with God the Father that God the Son, Jesus Christ had. As recorded in Mark 14:36 Jesus addressed God the Father as “Daddy” when He prayed, “Abba, Father . We are told in Galatians 4:6 that “because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
We are the sons and daughters of God by the witness of the Holy Spirit within us. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” Romans 8:16
Our spirits are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13) and cannot be contaminated by this world. The Holy Spirit “is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:14)
We became a new creation “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Just as the first human was made alive by the breath of God, we as ‘new creations’ in Christ are made spiritually alive by the breath of God - the Holy Spirit
‘New creation’ is not referring to your body or your soul but it is in the spirit that we became a brand new species of being. Our regenerated spirit has saved our soul from spiritual death and when our physical body dies our spirit and soul will leave our bodies and go to be with the Lord in heaven forever (look up 2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:52-57, Psalm 23:6, John 11:25-26). While we are on earth the parts which make up our soul - the mind, will, and emotions are all subject to change while we are in our earthly body by renewing our mind and walking in the spirit.
Now that we can clearly see our true identity in Jesus Christ - our spirit, we must recognise that we still have to deal with our old nature which has also been described in the Bible as the carnal mind, the flesh, the old man which affects our soul.
Jesus tells us in John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”. And Paul says “For the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;” Galatians 5:17.
The flesh here is describing our old sin nature which was programmed in our minds at our physical birth. This is a clear definition between the two describing our natural birth into sin and sin nature (flesh/old man) and our spiritual birth where our spirit was regenerated (spirit/new man).
The mind is part of the soul. As an example, you can look at our minds like a computer in the way that they are programmed. We were all born into sin (Psalm 51:5) and our old sin nature programmed our minds and the result of this is shown in Galatians 5:19-20.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
We now need to “walk in the spirit” and not fulfil the lust of the flesh” Galatians 5:16.
Sadly many Christians don’t know who they are in the spirit and have lost this spiritual point of view. Religion has taught them that we are all sinners. The point here is that we were sinners and had the nature of the devil working in us (Ephesians 2:2-3). But when we received salvation in Christ we became a new person in the spirit.
“those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” Galatians 5:24
In Romans 6:3, Paul tells us “that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death”. And “our old man (meaning old nature) was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” Romans 6:6
If you notice the word “might” here I believe this is highlighting that we have a choice whether to sin or not. In our new born spirits we are dead to sin, “our old man was crucified with Him”. Our old sin nature is dead IF we walk in the spirit and now that we have been born again through our spiritual birth in Jesus Christ we need to reprogram our minds to our new nature - the new spirit - the new man.
The only reason Christians still sin is because they don’t know these truths “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32
We “should walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4
How do we walk in the spirit?
We spoke earlier about the power we now have working inside us, “we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us” (1 Corinthians 3:16). Walking in the spirit is simply being obedient to the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and trusting Him with our life. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6)(2 Corinthians 2:9).
We need to totally commit our lives to the Lord by presenting our “bodies a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) which is Gods will for us. Only then will more specific directions come as we start to change our way of thinking. So as well as walking in the spirit, Romans 12:2 instructs us to “renew our minds”;
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This verse tells us that as Christians we must think differently to the rest of the world. We will only get the same results if we think the same things as the world. We know that “We are not of this world” (John 15:19)
The key here is in our minds and what we focus on. “For as he thinks I’m his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). If our minds are focused on God by studying His Word and fellowshipping with Him, we will have “perfect peace”
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3)
As Christians, Gods Word is of the highest importance to us. The Bible contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17,
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Gods Word is authoritative, powerful and when mixed with faith will produce results.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
This verse here shows how the power of scripture is able to separate our thoughts and is a graphic explanation of how Gods Word can distinguish between the godly and ungodly.
The result of walking in the spirit will be evident in the believer.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
We need to get the Word of God inside of us by meditating on it day and night (look up Joshua 1:8). James 1:21 tells us to “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Once we get the Word inside of us, our personal guide and teacher the Holy Spirit will be impart and direct knowledge and wisdom directly to us when we seek after it and He will be able to bring to our remembrance Gods Word when needed.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26
So we have covered a lot of areas here on this teaching of spirit, soul and body. In the following articles we will go into more detail on each.
Part Two – Spirit
The spirit is the hidden part of our being (Psalm 51:6) which was created by God to communicate with Him.
In Genesis 2:7 we can see that God made us with this human spirit,
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
“the dust of the ground” refers to the physical body and “a living being” refers to the soul, which is the mental and emotional part of a person, their mind, will and emotion. “The breath of life” refers to the spirit as we can see when we look at Proverbs 20:27,
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,”
The Hebrew word for “spirit” here is ‘neshamah’. And ‘neshamah’ is translated as breath in Genesis 2:7
These three verses continue to confirm that God has made us with this human spirit,
“The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4
“The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:” Zechariah 12:1
“Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:” Isaiah 42:5
As we know that after the fall of man our ability to fellowship with God was broken and our spirit became dead and dormant. We were dead but when we repented and accepted Jesus Christ, we were made alive and our spirit was reconnected again with God as we can see from these verses,
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,” Colossians 2:13
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” Ephesians 2:1
“even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),” Ephesians 2:5
Our Christian life begins with our human spirit.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6
From the time of our salvation, our spirit was regenerated,
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-27
The Holy Spirit joined with our spirit,
“This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us; He has given us of His Spirit” (1 John 4:13)
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
The Holy Spirit is in us, and He dwells in us
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8;11
The Lord’s dwelling place is in our spirit as Paul tells Timothy here,
“The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:22
The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God,
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:16
Now that His Holy Spirit dwells in us, we can address God the Father in the same manner Jesus did (Mark 14:35-36)
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Jesus tells us that we must worship Him in spirit,
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
God has done his part, our part is to renew our natural mind and apply Gods word in line with the mind of your spirit, then you can live the life that God has already done by His Grace, by faith, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We just need to dive in the word and trust the Holy Spirit to do his ministry.
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-14
So in our spirit:
We have the mind of Christ,
“For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
We have power, love and a sound mind,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We can see the attributes of the spirit,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
If we read through the whole chapter of Romans 8 it tells us all about life in the spirit.
These verses sum up perfectly how as Christians we should live out our new life in the spirit
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18
“that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Philemon 1:6
So the purpose of our spirit is to contact and receive God Himself and allow Him to grow in us daily. As we do this, His life will spread from our spirit into our soul and we can reflect and express Him with our transformed soul.
Part Three – The Heart
Before we look at the parts of the soul we must recognise that we have a heart. We are not referring here to the physical organ but a part of us which is a composition of all the components of our soul - our mind, emotion, will and part of our hearts (definition from vines concordance) is the thoughts and feelings - our conscience (which we will look at shortly). Our heart is the gateway of our entire being. The heart in its natural condition was affected at the fall of man.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
God knows our hearts,
“I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:10
“Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.” Psalm 44:21
Jesus tells us about the fallen condition of our hearts,
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:21-23.
And we are told,
"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also". Matthew 6:21.
So if our treasure is in the things of this world then that’s what you will get, evil things, but the things of the kingdom of God will precede good things. It's what you consider you get.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35
We know the heart can be waxed gross, (meaning insensitive),
“For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15 .
Also the heart can hold on to unforgiveness ,
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” Mark 11:25.
We need to protect the heart,
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.” Matthew 13:19.
Now we are told how this takes place,
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22
So we need to always
“Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” Mark 4:24.
And we need to meditate on the word to let in sink in to our hearts,
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23.
Now the heart can be or become hardened as we can see in the living Word or insensitive as already spoken of (waxed gross). As to what we consider, which will affect our walk of faith and hearing our Lords voice,
Sin will cause our hearts to be insensitive before God, and his voice and direction in our hearts as we know,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
As we are not under the law,
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14
See my understanding of a hardened heart is not just rebellion, it's unbelief, doubt, which we will only put some verses in about this - feeding the 5,000 (Mark 6:35-44). Now I would like you to notice in verse 41, that the disciples were involved with that miracle, Jesus blessed the bread and fish and gave to his disciples and they gave out.
Praise Jesus amen, then they go on to where Jesus came to them on the sea, Mark 6:45- 52
“And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened."
Look at verse 52 “For they considered”, there's that awesome word – considered “not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened. What made them hard hearted? “they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.” (verse 51).
Again feeding the 4,000 in Mark 8:1-17, notice verse 17,
“But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?”
There is much in the Word of God about a hardened heart, Hebrews 3:8 where the Israelites, hardened there hearts,
“Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,”
And in these verses,
“Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’” Hebrews 3:10
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;” Hebrews 3:12
“but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
So we can see where a hardened heart comes from, it’s from us not God. Now I think we have exposed the negative side of the heart and its role in our everyday life. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, now we all need to keep in mind that the new covenant was not fulfilled until Jesus fulfilled the Fathers will here on Earth on our behalf man (meaning us).
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30
The heart plays a key part in us from the day of salvation and in our Christian walk, so we continue every day with our love for our Lord, with the heart expressed,
“Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
So all of our being is made up within that verse - soul, conscience, personality, heart, thoughts, will, emotions, and mind.
2 Corinthians 3:16 says
“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
When you look at the verses leading up to this one you can see that this is referring to the heart. So it is our heart which needs to be turned back to the Lord and when we do so the veil is taken away.
After we turn back to the Lord we must believe with our heart as Romans 10:9-10 says,
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Our heart must be sprinkled from an evil conscience. With our heart, we need the sprinkling of the redeeming blood of the Lord Jesus.
“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
A prophecy given by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 36:25-26 talks about our old heart being renewed,
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
And from Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
The stone in Ezekiel 36:26 is talking about the the law,
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.” Exodus 24:12
“clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” 2 Corinthians 3:3.
And in Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law (direction, will, leading in the life of the Holy Spirit) in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Thank you Lord. Now the Lord is going to lead us, council us and teach us. Now let's look at this in New Testament.
“But the anointing (Holy Spirit) which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27
Now that verse does sound very familiar to Jeremiah 31:34, and we can make a conclusion of this by looking at John 16:13, Romans, 8:14, Galatians 5:18.
So we have a new heart, and we have been sealed,
“who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
And we are sons of God,
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6
The function and purpose of the heart is to love the Lord as we can see in Mark 12:30,
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart”
Lets look at Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”. Now some people read this the wrong way and make it look like we can ask God to give us everything our heart desires. No not at all, look back at the first word “Delight yourself also in the LORD”. Meaning He will show you the things He desires to give you. You see it's not about us, it's about God and His love and will for our lives.
It is also to hear His voice as Jesus said we would,
“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10:2-4
Therefore the scriptures lead us to why if we are not hearing our Lords voice, because of a hardened heart,
“while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15
God has given us a new spirit in Christ Jesus, plus a new heart to be led, loved, taught etc His ways in His kingdom where we live now forever for those who are born again. So we need to protect that heart from the garbage of this world, and walk in the liberty in the Holy Spirit, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 3:17. So as we can see we need to turn our heart to the Lord, continue to believe the Lord in our heart, have our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, be renewed in our heart and love the Lord with all of our heart continually.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Therefore keep your hearts from the corruption of this world, and consider all that the Grace of God has provided for us in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, as new creations,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
All glory and praise to Jesus our Blessed Lord amen.
Part four - Soul
In the original Greek text of the Bible the word psyche was translated to soul and life in English. In the New Testament it is translated 58 times as soul and 40 times as life.
As an example you can see in Matthew 16:25 psyche is translated as life
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
And the following verse Matthew 16:25 translates psyche as soul,
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
We can look at several verses here which define the soul
The principle of life
“But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.” Acts 20:10 (life – soul)
A living being
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” 1 Corinthians 15:45
A human individual
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 2:41
The immaterial soul
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt 10:28
The inner self
“And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12:19
The soul is the unseen and immaterial part of man and is the link between the spirit and the body. It is the mental and emotional part of us and people also refer to it as personality.
In Matthew 10:28, Jesus tells us that the soul is distinct from the body
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
In Hebrews 4:12 we can see that the soul and spirit are both separate
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We can also see in Psalm 51:6 that the inward parts of our being are the parts of our soul and the hidden part is our spirit
“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”
Now we can look at the make up of the soul by studying the following verses. The soul is made up of the mind, the will, and the emotion.
Proverbs 2:10 tells us that the mind is a part of the soul as knowledge occurs and exists in the mind.
“When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,”
Knowledge and wisdom are both associated with the soul as we can see in Proverbs 24:14,
“So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;”
Psalm 139:14 says,
“And that my soul knows very well.”
This further proves that the mind must be part of the soul as knowing occurs and exists in the mind.
The soul needs knowledge,
“Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,” Proverbs 19:2
The soul remembers things as we can see in Lamentations 3:20,
“My soul remembers them well,”
The soul considers and counsels, Psalm 13:2 says
“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?”
From these scriptures we can understand that the mind is the part of the soul which knows, remembers and considers.
Part of the soul is the will. Choosing and refusing are both decisions and functions of the will as we can see in Job 7:15, “So that my soul chooses” and Job 6:7 says, “My soul refuses to touch them”.
Just as our minds are used to think, in 1 Chronicles 22:19 we can see that we set our soul to seek “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God” This is to make a decision and knowing that the soul makes a decision also proves that the will is a part of the soul. Numbers 30:2 also shows us that the soul is used to make a decision when it refers to binding by making a decision to commit ourself to the Lord ““If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement”
Part of the soul is emotion which includes love, hatred, joy, grief and desire.
1 Samuel 18:1 shows us that love as an emotion is part of the soul,
“the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
Hatred as an emotion is part of the soul,
“Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul)” 2 Samuel 5:8
“Their soul abhorred all manner of food” Psalm 107:18
Joy as an emotion is part of the soul,
“My soul shall be joyful in my God” Isaiah 61:10
Desire as an emotion is part of the soul,
“And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household” Deuteronomy 14:26
Grief as an emotion is part of the soul,
“And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.” Judges 10:16
So as we can see from the verses above, the soul is the unseen and immaterial part of man and three parts make up all the functions of the soul - the mind as the principal and leading part followed by the will and the emotion. After our spirit is regenerated at salvation, we receive and contact the Lord with our spirit and we reflect and express Him with our transformed soul.
Part Five - What does the Bible say about our body?
The body is the physical part of man and it is through the body that we connect to the physical world using our five senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
Let’s look at Genesis 2:7 where the first man was created; “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”
The body is the part of man which God formed from the dust of the ground and that’s why the elements of the human body can also be found in the ground. This body did not have life until God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” In the bible the body is also described as the flesh as seen in Genesis 2:21 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place”. This is different to the word flesh which is also used in the Bible to describe our old man/sin nature/carnal mind as can be seen in Galatians 5:19-20 The body is God’s unique design and His works are evident by looking at the incredible nature of our physical bodies. It is the most unique and complex organism in the world, made up of billions of cells and countless parts. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,” Psalm 139:14 We were made to live forever in our perfect relationship with God but as we know, man disobeyed God’s command in Genesis 3. Man’s disobedience not only affected our spiritual status with God, but had physical consequences as well. Our bodies became corrupted; “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” 1 Corinthians 15:50 They became mortal; “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?” Job 4:17 And subject to death “All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.” Job 34:15 Our bodies were made from the dust of the ground and now they shall return to the ground. “You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust” Psalm 104:29 “All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.” Ecclesiastes 3:20 But as Christians we find hope, comfort and peace in our reconciled relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we will be delivered from this body. “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:24-25
Part Six: The conscience
The conscience is the part of our soul which gives us an awareness of what is right and what is wrong through our thoughts which either accuse us or excuse us (Romans 2:15).
Now over time God has been giving us revelation knowledge about the conscience and how important this is to our Christian walk of faith. This truth will set you free and it is important to understand that it is our responsibility and not God’s to deal with as you will see.
So we start at Genesis 3:6-11 where Adam and Eve were separated from God for eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, (the question is therefore were there eyes closed walking about before? No they were using the eyes of there spirit, remember Spirit is spirit, and flesh is flesh) and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
This is where we see the fall of man and if we focus on verse 7 we can see the first account of the conscience in action,
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings”
The conscience condemned them and they felt shame and guilt from eating off the tree.
Now we believe that God never created man with a conscience because before the fall adam and eve had a perfect relationship with God and they never needed one. They both were perfect in Spirit so it was and always will be Spirit to spirit, (John 3:6) “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. So that's why God could fellowship with them in the garden of Eden, but then they fell by taking heed to the liar the devil and they were no longer spirit. They died as God said they would (Genesis 2:17), “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (meaning Spirit to spirit was cut off and has now come to an end)”.
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come (meaning JESUS)” Romans 5:14
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23.
Man then became controlled by his soul and flesh. Then God removed them from the garden (Genesis 3:23). The conscience is the conclusion of their actions in their disobedience of God’s command and the conscience was acquired through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The name of that tree describes the function of the conscience. So can we trust or should we trust our conscience?
We believe the conscience is where sin starts and we must always remember the word sin here and not ‘sins’. God’s one command was not to eat off that tree. The sin nature that all of humanity inherited was because of this one sin (Romans 5:12), “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. This was the start of sin until the sins detailed in the Law of Moses which we don’t need to get into because as born again Christians we are not under the law but under Gods Grace. Not under the letter (2 Corinthians 3:6) “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter (meaning law), but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2
“But if you be led of the Spirit ye are not under the law” Galatians 5:18.
Thank you Jesus Glory amen. The law has the function of pointing out sin in our lives (Romans 3:20, 7:7) but we no longer have to keep the requirements of the law to earn God’s approval (Romans 6:14, 7:6). So we can see the affects our conscience can have on us, it's of the flesh, soul, and therefore cannot be trusted. Paul said I have no confidence in the flesh, Jesus said the flesh profits nothing, but the spirit gives life, the flesh is weak.
One of the main differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is that the old could not make a persons heart or conscience clean before God, it is only through Jesus Christ’s shed blood that our hearts can be purged of guilt (Hebrews 9:9, 9:14, 10:4, 10:11, 10:22). And some more positives which you can look up for yourself, I encourage you to have your Bibles open, (Romans 13:5, 1 Corinthians 8:7-12, 10:25, 2 Corinthians 1:12, 1 Timothy 1:5-19, 3:9, 2 Timothy 1:3, 1 Peter 2:19, 3:16-21). So from 1 Timothy 1:19, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”. If our conscience is affected by guilt etc then it affects our faith and becomes shipwrecked and not active. So again do we trust our conscience?
Even those who never directly received God’s commandments like the Gentiles still possess a basic natural moral code or law that judges what they do (Romans 2:14). In Romans 1:18-20 Paul tells us that God has revealed Himself to all mankind and Romans 2:15 tells us that the Lord has placed knowledge of Himself within the heart of every human being and it is the conscience which bears witness,
“for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” Romans 2:14-15.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” Romans 1:18-20
Let’s look at John 8:3-9,
“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
Verse 9 says, “And they which heard it being convicted by their own conscience”. This is a great eye opener; it doesn’t say the Holy Spirit is convicting them. No it's their own conscience. Why? Because of the law minded, so they left. So brothers and sisters this should not be so for those that are born again with the Spirit of Life now ruling in our lives. So can you see how much the conscience can have an impact on your walk of being the just (meaning righteous) who live by faith.
Even though people are aware they have a conscience, the Bible tells us that it is weak and can be defiled,
“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15. So the latter part of this verse is for the lost, the unbelievers and not us who are born again as our spirits are now pure for ever.
“However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.” 1 Corinthians 8:7
Now I hope and pray that you have read our article about conviction and righteousness as it would have given you a better understanding about the Holy Spirit, sin and sins because sin will affect your conscience, which in turn affects your faith and your relationship with our Lord (1 Timothy 1:5), “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned”. 1 Timothy 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times (meaning NOW) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy (meaning deceit, condemnation); having their conscience seared with a hot iron”. Now the key to the way this is put forward is all for a reason which you will see.
These are illustrations,
Let’s look at David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23-34,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Now we know as born again Christians we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, (1 Corinthians 6:17)
“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. But David was not born again, he never was a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now we know that as the Lord is so are we in our spirits. So what about our hearts which is part of our soul? Well brothers and sisters, we don't get taught this at church in fact these revelations of wisdom and insight is by seeking, because you will find them in Jesus name amen.
And look at 1 John 3:20,
“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22
“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14
As Christians, like Paul, we should have the same understanding (Acts 23:1) “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day”. Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men”. Now this is the same Paul we all know about. Now I highlighted the word exercise. This is the key brothers and sisters; you see Paul knew his conscience would affect his walk of faith and in fellowship with our Lord in the Kingdom of light, what a turn around, Glory Jesus amen. We need to tell our conscience, that you are righteous, holy, clean, just, God conscience, then we are giving place for our spirit man, with the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and our ways (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 8:5, 5:11).
Now we are going to go on a walk of faith in the Word, which the Holy Spirit has revealed to us. As we know we did inherit the sin nature from Adam and Eve, but we no longer have that nature, it's dead and gone, we now have the new nature of Christ Jesus. Let's go to Galatians 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”
Now I asked our Lord the question, why a tree? So I was taken back to the garden of Eden, Adam was cursed (Genesis 3:17-18) “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field”.
Now those thorns were thorns they put on Jesus head (Mark 15:17) “And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head”. See brothers and sisters this was a curse, it was a command given by God not to eat, so it was a law, now for Eve (Genesis 3:16) “Unto the woman he said I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, (Now I cannot comment on that I'm not a woman, but I do have a wife and children, and others I have known did not have bad conceptions as others, but the curse was put on Christ). In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee,”
Now this last part is not true, we men and woman are equal so that curse was removed. In fact all from the garden unto the cross, IT IS FINISHED. And the veil, between man and God is wide open (Mark 15:38) “And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom”. Back to the garden of Eden, its wide open now, we are now the temple of God (1 Corinthians 7:4). So we know satans fate (Gen 3:14-15), let's go back to the trees in the garden (Gen 2:8-9-10),
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.”
Now I believe this was a spiritual garden, as you will see how I come to this revelation. They walked with God in the cool of the day, they heard him, and heard him walk. Now we know after they had eaten from the tree of good and evil, they became natural minded and therefore received the conscience. God removed them from that spirit realm of where life was (meaning Spirit to spirit), and then man was left to the natural realm, led by the soul, mind, heart, which we know could not be trusted (Genesis 8:21, Psalms 51:10). Jesus said out the abundance the heart the mouth speaks (meaning lies, etc). We have been given a new heart too, just a couple of verses on this to highlight the point (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Jeremiah 31:34, Jeremiah 24:7).
So man has been looking for the Garden of Eden but cannot find it, they know where the rivers are but not the Garden of Eden. Well we can find where that Garden of Eden is with the trees, and river, and tree of life which we know is Christ Jesus. The Kingdom of God where we live and walk by faith of the heart and not the mind (Revelation 22:1-2),
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (which now lives in us ). In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”.
So then it came to my mind where is the tree of good and evil? Then the Lord gave me the answer. That tree was the tree I was crucified on, My people I have restored ALL things unto you. So brothers and sisters, there is no more a tree for conscience, just like everything in the Kingdom of God is restored. That's why God has given us a new spirit, a new heart, a heart that he leads and directs our paths in righteousness, holy, redeemed, just. As we go to school, the Holy Spirit our Teacher leads us, all that is needed He has it all, wisdom, revelations, insight, everything. That's why we are so so very blessed, with ALL spiritual blessings in heaven (Ephesians 1:1-3),
“Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”
Which is Christ in you the hope of all glory, dig in brothers and sisters to the word of life in your new man spirit with the Holy Spirit to the praise and glory in Christ Jesus our blessed Lord amen.
Part seven – The Bible is our spiritual mirror
We all use mirrors in life, they help us to see what we can’t see ourselves. Whether it’s one we look at in the morning to evaluate our appearance or one we look at in a car when we need to check around us while driving.
Well as Christians the Bible is like a mirror to us - A spiritual mirror. God gives us the spiritual mirror of His Word so that we can truly see who we are and how He sees us.
He tells us that we are created in His image (Genesis 2:7), He redeemed us through His Son Jesus (John 3:16), and He made us heirs with Christ of His eternal kingdom (Romans 8:17). He assures us that we are forgiven (1 John 1:9), that He loves us (1 John 4:19) and that we are a new creation in Him,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
If we look at this verse in particular the word “therefore” refers us back to verses 14-16 where Paul tells us that as believers we have died with Christ and we no longer live for ourselves. Our lives are no longer worldly but they are now spiritual.
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” John 4:24
As we can see from this verse we communicate with God spirit to spirit and to develop a relationship and to get to know Him we must get His Word inside of us.
In James we are told to “receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls” James 1:21
James also gives us some practical ways to reflect on the Word of God in James 1:25 below,
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does”
Here he is telling us;
To focus our attention on the Word of God - “looks into”
To meditate on it - “and continues in it”
Memorise it - “not forgetting what they have heard”
And act upon it by living out the instructions - “and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work”
So from this series Spirit, Soul and Body we can now recognise that we are three part beings. We have looked at our sin nature which was transmitted through our physical birth and how our spiritual birth has regenerated us. We need to realise that as long as we are in this mortal body, we cannot fall asleep at our battle station against the works of the flesh. If we do, our flesh is just as capable of sin as anyone else's. When our spirit was regenerated by the Holy Spirit we became a new creation in our spirit. We now need to walk in the spirit, renew our minds and look into our spiritual mirror today by reading God’s Word and become rooted, grounded and established in the Word of God by giving God's Word first place in your life today!