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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
Once we truly understand the Biblical description of how we are
made-up it revolutionizes our thinking both about ourselves and
about God! When we accurately grasp this concept in our minds, it
changes us forever! We will be discussing a spiritual concept that
cannot be learned by sight, sound, touch, taste or smell! This
precious knowledge can only be discerned from God’s word
because it must be “spiritually discerned.” Jesus said, “the words
that I speak unto you, they are spirit , and they are life” (John 6:63).
What we are going to learn tonight we must receive through faith,
“without faith it is impossible to please him!” (Heb 11:6). You will not
be able to take this teaching and research it in some physical laboratory.
However, if you will believe what we learn from the Bible ( the source of
all spiritual knowledge ) and begin to practice those things in your life,
you will experience a difference coming out from your spirit!
God wants us to seek him by faith! The Bible teaches that we are the
righteousness of God! Paul taught, “For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2
Cor 5:21)! Simple concept, Jesus became sin so we could become righteous!
Nevertheless, once we begin to believe that we are the righteousness of God we also
begin to discover Biblical statements that simply seem to be mistaken. We discover
statements such as:
1 John 2:20 “ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things
1 John 3:9“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin
On the surface, both of these passages seem to be a little far-fetched; after all, I
don’t know all things nor am I without sin. What then do these Scriptures indicate?
We are going to discover that we have something within us that is a dynamo! We need to
comprehend the power of God that literally resides inside. Once we begin to cooperate,
this spiritual power begins to manifest itself on the outside! In order to get in touch with
that power we must understand the nature of that spirit within! This teaching is designed to
help us do that very thing. It is designed to help us eliminate a lot of wrong thinking! Only
when we understand how we are made-up can we move toward an outward expression of
Gods Holiness!
Let us begin with Paul’s clear, concise and foundational statement concerning the human
make-up, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Thess 5:23). Paul clearly states that we are made-up of three differing aspects or
components: (1) Spirit; (2) Soul; and (3) Body. There is no getting around this simple clear
and concise Biblical statement.
Most people and many theologians acknowledge merely two components, the body and the
soul. One of the best Biblical scholars of all time, James Strong who lived in the late
1800’s and produced the world’s major Biblical concordance defined the Greek word
“pneuma” which was translated into “spirit” in the English as being our immortal soul. In
so doing, Strong inadvertently caused a blurring of the line between the Biblical spirit and
the soul. We must always go back to Paul’s clear statement, “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 Thess 5:23). Notice that Paul
twice uses a variety of the word “ whole .” The Scripture wants us to consider the whole
matter of which we are composed.
Paul clearly taught that we are made-up of three distinct components! Our Body, our soul
( which is our mind will and emotions ), and our spirit! Notice how the first two elements
identified below describe those things that are fleshy; however, the third component is
completely different:
I can touch you physically by reaching out and placing my finger on your cheek
which is the physical part of your body;
I can also touch you emotionally by speaking words
that reach into your very depths; they can make you feel
sorrowful or happy or forlorn; I have touched your soul;
But the spirit portion within you is a totally separate
and distinctly different entity! Only the words of God can
affect your spirit! Nicodemas was astonished at the
whole idea of a spirit and asked, “How can these things
Be?”
Jesus’ responded to Nicodemas, “That which is born of the
flesh is flesh ; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit .”
(John 3:6). When we are born into this world we receive
from our parents a non-physical ( spirit ) element in our heart,
“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him ?” (1
Cor 2:11). When we are born-again God re places the non-physical ( spirit ) element in our
heart with His spirit, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world , but the spirit
which is of God ; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God!” (1 Cor
2:12). The Bible calls our new spirit a new heart! Prophets wrote about the human need
for a new heart, “and make you a new heart and a new spirit : for why will ye die, O house
of Israel?” (Ezek 18:31). Ezekiel went on in a later chapter to explain exactly how we
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
would receive this new heart from God, “ A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you ” (Ezek 36:26).
The scripture teaches that you have the same power within you as did Jesus! Yet we look
at our flesh and ask, “Well how can these things be?” You do not know how to contact
your spirit through any natural method that you have learned in school or understand
through any natural means. Our flesh gets in the way of a correct understanding of the
spirit!
Let’s take a look as we seek to understand the Biblical location where this spirit is placed
within. We discover that the Bible actually teaches that, “The spirit of man is the candle of
the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (Prov 20:27). The Psalmist writes,
“From men . . . whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure ” (Ps 17:14). Of course we
remember Jesus’ words, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). Our physical abdomen is the actual
location where the Holy Spirit resides within.
The word “belly” is equivalent to the Hebrew word, beten (pronounced beh'-ten); means to
be hollow especially like the womb. Therefore, the proverb, “The spirit of man is the
candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly ” (Prov 20:27), expresses
that there is a hollow part within every man. That hollow locality is where the spirit
resides. We naturally say things like, “I had a gut feeling that was going to happen!” That
entity identified as the “spirit of man” generates our private thoughts and is the source of
our individual understanding, “For what man knoweth the things of a man , save the spirit
of man which is in him ?” (1 Cor 2:11).
Most people believe that the spirit of man is related to our mind. Right now you are
experiencing thoughts that no one knows but you and God. It is important that you realize
that those thoughts are not coming from your physical brain! Your brain is merely a
storage location of past memories and impressions. Your inner thoughts come from, “The
spirit of man,” which the Bible locates in, “ the inward parts of the belly ” (Prov 20:27).
The point is that our thoughts emanate from the spirit of man, which dwells within us! So
all human beings are spirit directed; that is sinner and saint alike are adapted to
experiencing the direction of the spirit entity within! However, First Corinthians continues
with the notion that even though every person has a spirit within, the human spirit in the
natural ( unregenerate ) man is limited in its abilities, “ the natural man receiveth not the
things of the Spirit of God ” (1 Cor 2:14). This simply means that there are things of God
that the spirit of man simply cannot comprehend! However, “we have received, not the
spirit of the world , but the spirit which is of God ; that we might know the things that are
freely given to us of God” (1 Cor 2:12). The source of living waters in the belly that Jesus
described is a picture of the living SPIRIT OF GOD!
We cannot hear, see, taste, touch, or smell our spirit; therefore, how can we experience that
essence? When we really understand how we are made-up according to Scripture, we have
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
a major key that helps us to understand the source of our power in the Lord! The Word of
God is spirit! Paul explains that our Bibles are the very word of God, “And take the helmet
of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God ( Eph 6:17). Jesus
himself told us, “ the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit , and they are life” (John
6:63). The Bible teaches that since Jesus’ words are spirit they can penetrate into our
spirit! But how can we know?
The Bible is the mirror that we can use to observe our spirit! “he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass ( mirror )” (James 1:23).
None of us have ever seen our own face! Have you ever realized that?
We have seen only an image of our face in a mirror or in a photograph; therefore,
we have never seen our own face!
In the same way that a mirror presents the natural image of a person’s face, so the Word of
God presents an image of our spirit within! We have all gotten to the point where we trust
the mirror and take appropriate corrective action on our face; so also must we learn to trust
in the Bible which is the mirror into our spirit! We cannot just go by what we feel! Most
of us would rarely say that we feel that our face is dirty or our make-up is smeared! We all
need an actual physical mirror to expose any facial problems. In the same fashion, the
Bible is the mirror into our spirit! Our spirit is a new creature; the Lord has totally changed
us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ , he is a new creature : old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new ” (2 Cor 5:17).
Those of us who are born of God have been totally changed from within. We are not
changing (as if it were a present tense activity) ; instead, the complete change has already
taken place even though our bodies have not yet been redeemed. Even though we must put
to death the deeds of the flesh, we need to recognize that we have already been changed.
We are not yet redeemed. Sometimes rebates are presented along with purchases; however,
they are later redeemed! So too our spirit has been renewed and our bodies will be
redeemed at a later time!
Our soul was not part of what got renewed at the time of rebirth! If we were lacking in
intellect before we were born again, we will not somehow become brilliant at salvation!
Our soul ( mind will and emotions ) has only the promise of a future transformation when we
are born again. It is for this reason that we need to transform our minds after conversion,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind
(our soul) , that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
(Rom 12:2). We actually are coworkers with God in the renewing process of our own mind
(soul) after we receive salvation!
David taught his son Solomon that the heart and soul are changeable and trainable. “Now
set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the
sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy
vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD” (1 Chron
22:19). David trained his own soul, “ Bless the LORD, O my soul , and forget not all his
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
benefits” (Ps 103:2). Here we find David literally teaching his heart by speaking to it. Just
like David, we need to train our inner spirit to believe and thus respond to every word that
we speak! Our spirit listens and responds to every word that comes out of our mouth, “by
thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matt 12:37).
Every idle word that we speak chips away at having our spirit in total agreement with our
words. Just like the Godhead is in total agreement, so likewise our own three-part being
needs to be in total agreement. When our spirit and soul ( the heart ) are in total agreement
then our body will naturally follow in conformity, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for
out of it are the issues of life” (Prov 4:23). Let’s notice now what composes the heart:
Our soul ( middle portion above ) will either come in agreement with our flesh or our spirit!
Our soul ( mind ) is the location where the battle takes place, “For the flesh lusteth against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” (Gal
5:17). That is why Paul wrote, “they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” (Rom 8:5). Most people cannot
believe anything that they cannot see, hear touch, taste, or smell ( that is by using the five
senses ). We have read that “the things of the Spirit” (1 Cor 2:14), are discerned only by the
spirit.
In any case, the Bible teaches that at salvation there is instantaneous change, which takes
place within each of us! The change occurs in the spirit and it will eventually through
maturity express itself outwardly!
What most people do not realize is that everything (that is every spiritual gift) that I will
ever receive from God has already been placed within me! That concept ought to shake
you up! The point of our Christian walk is for us to learn to make our soul come into
agreement with our newborn spirit! The battle is three-fold; our spirit must flow through
our soul in order to express itself outwardly through our bodies:
Most of us are completely ignorant of the fact that we already have everything that we need
from God. We often pray, “Lord, I need more faith.” The truth is that our life is not a
process of getting more from God; rather, we merely need to learn how to release the things
that we already have within! When we begin to understand that we already have it (that it
is already done) then we can begin to focus on how we can release what we already have!
We cannot see our spirit; however, we have learned that we can observe it through the
mirror of the Word of God! A person naturally has confidence in things that they already
posses! I write a check because I know that the bank has money to clear the check. The
point is that once you have received something you no longer need to seek for it!
Our spirit within is already complete and whole before God! We merely need to dominate
our minds and believe through faith in the wholeness of our spirit! One third of our
salvation is already completed! Concerning things of the spirit, we will either believe the
mirror on our wall ( things that we can see ) or the mirror on our lap ( things that are not
seen )! Indeed, we learned earlier that we need to transform our minds after conversion,
“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.” (Rom
12:2). The natural man reacts to things with his soulish mind, “that ye henceforth walk not
as other Gentiles (unconverted people) walk, in the vanity of their mind Eph 4:17.
In essence, we can understand our battle through an either/or formula as follows:
Either Spirit mindedness = Life and peace; or Carnal mindedness = Death
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For to be carnally minded is death ; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace .” (Rom 8:6). The spirit already has perfect peace, if you spend your time
in the spirit, peace will naturally ensue; however if you dwell on the problems as
comprehended by your flesh, you will experience disappointment and frustration etc.
Any human can receive intellectual knowledge from God’s word; however, the Christian
needs to understand and absorb the Word of God! Knowledge is important however it
must be understood! Just like physical food needs to be digested ( absorbed )! Carnal
people (those who “walk, in the vanity of their mind ”) are ignorant of God because their
understanding has been, “darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the
ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart ” (Eph 4:18).
Those who are unregenerate or “carnally minded” are automatically alienated from God!
However, when we get born again our spirit is totally instantly created righteous in the
sight of God, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have
obtained (note that this condition has already taken place) like precious faith with us (this
means that we have the same “ precious faith” as Peter the Apostle) through the
righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ ” (2 Peter 1:1). God is Holy and he is
only connected to us through holiness! In our spirit we are Holy and we have become
righteous through Jesus’ sacrifice! We communicate with God through our new spirit.
In the past you probably have observed how the Old Testament describes that “all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isa 64:6). Many Christians have heard that scripture
directed toward their righteousness; however, the truth is that we are the righteousness of
God in Christ Jesus! “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him ” (2 Cor 5:21). We can only come before
God in our spirit, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit , if so be that the Spirit of
God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his ” (Rom
8:9). Scriptures teach that we are just like Jesus Christ in our spirit; now ! “Herein is our
love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is ,
( present tense ) so are we in this world . ” (1 John 4:17). We are just like Jesus in our spirit;
that is true even today! That is why the Scripture says, “according to the power that
worketh ( present tense ) in us ” (Eph 3:20).
It is radical thinking to truly believe that you have the same spirit in you that Jesus had!
When you actually believe and act upon this information you will start the process of
becoming a new person! Your belief in that fact will begin to change your physical actions
and outward manifestations. Your attitude will change and you will begin to speak and do
things that you have never before done!
But what happens if it just doesn’t work! Sometimes we make mistakes and find ourselves
acting according to the flesh. We realize that we have fallen back into sin, depression, and
problems. We begin to feel that we have blown it! We even say, “Man it just didn’t work
for me! I still have the same old problems! What’s wrong with me?”
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
In fact sometimes our problems can even intensify after conversion! The problems get
worse because Satan and his minions get more involved in an attempt to shipwreck the
lives of Christians! Their goal is to buffet and wreck our faith!
Regardless, we can worship God even when we are having problems! We worship him in
spirit through the Holy Spirit within! We cannot go before God in any of our own humanly
produced righteousness! We simply cannot make ourselves righteous enough to stand
before God! We can only approach Him through Jesus’ sacrifice!
You might say, “But Larry you just don’t understand; I sinned! How can I come before
God?” It is not my misunderstanding; the point is that you don’t understand God’s word
properly! Even when you are in sin, God is pleased with you! God accepts us in every
condition, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in
the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:6-7). We are acceptable to God because of the
Holy Spirit within us! Paul wrote, “that the offering up of the Gentiles might be
acceptable , being sanctified by the Holy Ghost . ” (Rom 15:16). We are acceptable to God
because our core being has been changed! Our inner being now has the Holy Spirit of
God! It is the Holy Spirit of God that makes us acceptable to Him!
Often, we humanly are displeased with ourselves because of our weaknesses and our old
behavior. However, God is always pleased with us! We are his workmanship, “In whom
ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise ” (Eph 1:13).
Paul teaches that our new man is righteous before God, “And that ye put on the new man ,
( this is the man of the spirit ) which after God is created in righteousness and true
holiness ” (Eph 4:24). After regeneration, God looks at us through our spirit even when we
sin outwardly! We are one spirit with God, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one
spirit ” (1 Cor 6:17). Jesus prayed, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those
whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are ” (John 17:11).
According to Paul you were, “ sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise ” (Eph 1:13). We have the seal of God, which is His
seal of approval! This also means that we are sealed and
preserved by God! It is like our spirit is vacuum packed! No sin
can penetrate into the Holy Spirit of God within!
Everybody Sins! If we are not careful, we will mistakenly
allow our defiled conscious ( soulish mind ) to make us feel that
we are just not worthy enough to be righteous before God!
However, that can never be true! We must consult our spiritual
mirror to see where we stand, “Whosoever is born of God doth
not commit sin ; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot
sin, because he is born of God ” (1 John 3:9). Don’t get me
wrong, Christians do outwardly manifest sin; John also wrote,
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
“If we say that we have no sin then the truth is not in us!”
Obviously, Christians commit sin! Some teachers mistakenly claim that John meant
“habitual sin” in that passage. Some of your translations may even say “habitual” or
“practice” (Is your Bible a version that uses “habitual” or “practice sin ? ) Even so, it
does not mean habitual or to practice sin! What about a Christian glutton? A glutton got
that way by habitually overeating which is a sin. The point is that the obese individual
cannot get that way unless he has sinned habitually!
When we truly understand the concept of spirit, soul and body then we understand that our
Spirit is new and that it cannot sin ! Our spirit is the very righteous of God! It retains its
purity and holiness and it is through this spirit that God sees us! Paul teaches us that “Now
if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his ” (Rom 8:9). We have a sealing
in us that cannot be penetrated by any sin; the Holy Spirit is the righteous of God within us.
God did not just give us a brand new start at conversion! He didn’t simply pick us up,
clean us off and say go and do better from now on! No we were not just cleaned up and
headed off into a new direction! He saved us completely and eternally ! Through blood
sacrifices during the Old Testament period they were cleaned up and sent off; but we have
a different covenant, “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall
the blood of Christ , who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge ( cleanse ) your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9:13-14).
The New Covenant is eternal, “ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first
testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Heb
9:15). Jesus only had to die once; “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”
(Heb 9:28).
During the Old Testament period they were required to offer the sacrifices over and over!
However, God has saved us with one eternal sacrifice as opposed to, “ those sacrifices
which they offered year by year continually . . . For then would they not have ceased to be
offered ? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of
sins” (Heb 10:1-2). Notice the important question mark; Paul is saying that if the annual
sacrifice would have been good enough during the Old Testament period then it would
have been offered only once. According to the New Testament Jesus was offered only one
time, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ
once for all (Heb 10:10). Just a few verses later Paul emphasizes his point, “For by one
offering he hath perfected for ever (this “for ever” means for all time) them that are
sanctified” (Heb 10:14).
We just read that we are perfected ( past tense ) didn’t we? Because of Jesus, your spirit has
been made perfect! Notice Hebrews chapter twelve, “To the general assembly and church
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits
of just men made perfect (Heb 12:23). Do you get the point? Your spirit is perfect before
God! You can never loose that holiness that you received from Jesus! No, you never have
to start all over again!
Paul writes in the Book of Romans, “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the
man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works , 7 Saying, Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom
the Lord will not impute sin . ” (Rom 4:6-8). Impute is an accounting term which means to
record something in the books! Because of the Holy Spirit within us, God does not record
our sins in His books! Once you really believe this then you can begin to radically change!
No, this is not teaching us that we are free to live in sin! However we should realize that
Paul was confronted with that question several times! That means that Paul’s message
must have advanced the impression that required the question to be asked in the first place,
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin , that grace may abound?” (Rom 6:1).
Paul answers the natural questions that his doctrine spawned, “God forbid. How shall we,
that are dead to sin , live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” Yes we will mistakenly sin after
conversion! However our spirit is Holy and Righteous and it will change us from the
inside out by the renewing of our minds !” The Apostle John writes, “And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself , even as he is pure . ” (1 John 3:3). The Holy Spirit
within us works through our minds and purifies us form all forms of sin!
No we can never relate to God based upon our outward person! However, we can relate to
God through our new spirit! Have you ever heard that God looks at us through the filter of
Jesus? That is a true statement; the spirit of Jesus lives in us, “But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none
of his .” (Rom 8:9).
Obviously, we need to be outwardly righteous, whenever
this is untrue we will suffer from the world and from Satan
the natural consequences of our sin! However if we do sin
God still wants us to come boldly before him because of
the Holy Spirit that is in us! So, “Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace , that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).
Jesus spake to his disciples concerning his soul on the night
of his arrest, “ the spirit indeed is willing , but the flesh is
weak ” (Matt 26:41). Jesus said, “Now is my soul ( mind
and emotions ) troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save
me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour”
(John 12:27). Jesus understood the purpose of His calling.
Written by M. Larry Perrino 10 2/27/2008
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
The battlefield against satan is soulish; warefare against the devil takes place in our minds!
Our question ought to be, “How can we become aware of the relative condition of our
spirit? The answer is simple. Where do the decisions that manage your human system
originate? If they come out of the Body or the Soul/Mind then our spirit’s domination is
too weak! A person who is led by the Body or the Soul/Mind is living an unrestrained
lifestyle. The spirit should always manage the affairs of the body, “ Walk in the Spirit , and
ye shall not fulful the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16). This spirit component from God is
completely healthy; any weaknesses that we experience actually exist in our soulish realm.
Let us now consider the two veils in the ancient Tabernacle in the Wilderness that
separated the three separate realms of the Tabernacle, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Now let’s carefully study to the picture of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness as depicted on
the next page:
We get past the first veil by thinking with the mind without giving any consideration to the
interests and desires of the flesh. However, we can only get past the second veil by
discerning between the mind and the spirit, “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 ” (Heb 4:12).
(1)
Most
Holy
Place
(2)
Inner Court
(Holy Place)
(3)
Outer
Court
(The three locations (above) represent the three realms of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.)
Hunger for God
Hunger for understanding ( revelation )
Hunger for physical food!
V
E
Table of Shew
Ark of the
Covenant
Altar of
Incense
Laver
Bronze
Altar
Menorah
Veil Two
Veil One
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Mind
Body
Spirit
Bread
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Spirit Soul and Body
“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved !
(1 Thes 5:23)
Parts of Body
Where in the temple?
What is the source of light?
Body
These believe
that God
answers
prayer.
Outer Court
Brazen Altar (Blood Sacrifice) or at the
Bronze Laver (Washing of Water) .
Brass implies Trials! Bronze=Fire
Natural Sun Light
In the Outer Court the physical sun is the only source of light. Here,
vision is limited to only those things that are natural. These must learn
that there is more intense and powerful light available from God.
Soul
(Mind)
These know
that God is
Good!
Inner Court
( The Holy Place )
These must realize that they still need to advance to the
next level!
These know that they are hungry. They have advanced
beyond milk and they are continually eating shew
bread but not yet ready for spiritual meat!
Menorah Light
This level is merely a transition to the next. We must move from the Holy to the
Divine! Priests would maintain and light the Menorah. Oil and fire correspond
to spirit filled Christianity! However, in the Holy Place, it takes both flesh and
spirit to produce light! Often, when light comes, flesh gets confused about who
produced the light!
Spirit
These
know
God!
Sanctuary
( Most Holy Place )
These have penetrated beyond the veil! They
have arrived at the very Mercy Seat – Ark of
God! These have learned to discern between
the soul ( mind ) and the spirit!
Shekina Glory
These get their light from God in the Most Holy Place ,
There is no physical light in this section of the Temple. All light in the
Most Holy Place comes directly from God! “God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Jesus said, “I am the light of the
world” (John 8:12)
Written by M. Larry Perrino 12 2/27/2008
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