You may be wondering, what exactly ARE my spirit, soul, and body?
Are they what the world tells me?
Is there a ghost living inside of me?
I’m happy to say “no” to both of those things.
Yet, learning about how you function as a spirit, soul, and body is one of the most empowering parts of being a Christian. You’re learning about your power, as well as how you work and why as a Christian you’re different than unbelievers. Or people from literally any other religion.
Getting a bit more high-level, let’s start with 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What does this mean?
We are three-part (triune) beings with a spirit, soul, and body.
We’ll briefly go into each of these today, and then go more in depth over the next four days.
Let’s start with our spirit.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive a regenerated Spirit on the inside that is now 100% interconnected with Holy Spirit! Yes, it’s true! No matter what you did in your past, at the moment of salvation, the old self has passed away, hallelujah! This new Spirit is partnered 100% to God and the devil can’t touch it.
Next, we have a soul. Think of this like the control center that is constantly tipping from 0-100% in how surrendered it is to God. Like that movie “Inside Out” that shows the anger emoji, happy emoji, etc..? That’s actually kind of… accurate.
The soul contains the mind, (free) will, and emotions, which have all been given to us by God. We aren’t to be ashamed of our thoughts, emotions, or choices we’ve made, because God was the inventor of each of these. Have you ever thought about the fact that He MADE us with these elements? Or that He didn’t have to? I’m so glad He didn’t make us mindless robots. Can you imagine?
Additionally, because God is a God of freedom and choice, this is why our soul can seem to be all over the place sometimes. Because they are driven by what we choose to think (mind), choose (will), and feel (emotions).
This is why we have things like depression, anxiety, and wake up feeling regret from what we did last night.
But I have the BEST news! Jesus came to redeem our mind, get us in tandem with His will, and help us with those pesky emotions!
Jesus wept, too! Jesus agonized on the cross so much that He sweat blood! He had tough times too, acting as God taking on human flesh. He gets it! And He is here to help, as our Advocate, Helper, and Friend. But more on that when we go over the soul in detail.
Finally, we have the body. Think of this as your earth-suit that you’re renting while you’re here on earth.
This is 100% flesh, and what the devil loves to use to entangle us into diverse snares. But rest assured, you can win in this area, too! The Bible says that each of us is a part of a greater body, the Body of Christ, that can still bring forth fruit to God! (Romans 7:4) That as one Body of believers we are dead to sin, and alive to Christ! (Romans 8:10) As we see in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 above, God wants our whole body to be preserved blameless, which means if He said it, it’s possible!
We are to bring our living flesh to the altar of God’s word, as it says in Romans 12:1. But good news! Later in verse 2, the Word tells us that by surrendering sometimes what feels impossible (our flesh,) God helps us to renew our mind! I think it’s so cool that by submitting our body, it penetrates our soul-realm and helps us make better choices. God is so cool.
So what do you think? Did you know you’re a triune being? What will you do with this new knowledge?
I’m excited for you to conquer the day!