Man has a Body, Soul and Spirit: Lesson One
Greetings in the Name of Jesus;
Just as God is a Trinity, so is man. Read Genesis Chapter 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness." God here is the word Elohim which means three. Man in His original creation by God , was a trinity. He is a spirit, has a soul and dwells in a body. The body is a house that God has provided for man's soul and spirit to dwell in. It is that part of man which is visible to the eye and of course, is distinguished from other animal life by its physical appearance. Mans body has five senses. He can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. It is thru these five senses that man becomes so materialistically tied to this world. This is where the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life have their outworking. 1 John 2:16: " For all that is in the world , the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father. but is of the world." This part of man , then, is that which is most closely related to the earth, made of clay.
SPIRIT PART OF MAN Man is a spirit.This spirit is the antithesis of the body. Whereas the body is visible, the spirit is invisible. The human spirit is separate from the soul, it is immortal. Both will leave the body at death. 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."
Heb 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, 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."
1Pe 3:4 "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
It is the spirit of man that separates man from the animal kingdom, for only he has has a spirit, capable of communication with his Creator. It is only in the spirit that man can worship the Father who made him, loved him and redeemed him.
Php 3:3 "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."
The unregenerate spirit is in a state of perpetual death. It abides in utter darkness. Therefore, it may be said that the spirit of man is that which has capacity to receive life. (light)
1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:6 "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"
1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
In order for man to walk in fellowship with God in the same relationship that Adam had with God before he fell, man must receive light and walk. He must find his position with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Beloved Holy Spirit. While death is a future certainty for the body, the spirit will never die. Thru Adamʼs trangession and manʼs own sin, spiritual death has taken place. Divine life may be restored to the spirit of man when he is born again and he becomes a new Creature in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:1 "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins."
Eph 2:2 "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"
Eph 2:3 "Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
Eph 2:4 "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,"
Eph 2:5 "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by (grace ye are saved)"
Eph 2:6 "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"
Eph 2:7 "That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
Eph 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 3:4 "Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
John 3:7 "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
2 Cor. 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Part Two The Soul of Man will be up today or by tomorrow and then we will progress on to The Spirit in Man."