Good morning peeps!!! How are we all doing this morning??? I believe we all had blissful nights. So we are going to have a two part series on renewing of the mind and I’m pretty excited about it. Today’s pearl would be about the first part which is the TRIUNE NATURE OF MAN. The other part would be uploaded tomorrow.
So, let’s talk a bit about man’s triune nature. You can get books on the topic to help get a better understanding as this is just a summary. It’s pretty simple really; Man is a spirit who
has a soul and is contained in a body. So man is basically Spirit, Soul and body.
Spirit- the component of God that is in man. We all know that God is a spirit and we were created in His image after his likeness.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
It is the spirit that gives life to the body.
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
This is man’s reality. As believers, our spirit has been sealed with the Holy Spirit the day we believed.
13 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,..KJV
So as believers, we are one Spirit with God.
1 Cor 6:17
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. NKJV
We have the same spirit as God. That’s the common ground and that’s where we relate with God from; in our spirit.
1 Cor 2:10-13
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts Q except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now R we have received not S the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this T in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, U interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.* ESV
We communicate with God in our spirit, worship him in our Spirit.
Soul- This is the faculty of knowledge. It is the seat of emotions and thoughts, conscience, memory and reason. It is where desires stem from. It is the sphere of the activities of the flesh.
8 It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams,
And look — he eats;
But he awakes, and his soul is still empty;
Or as when a thirsty man dreams,
And look — he drinks;
But he awakes, and indeed he is faint,
And his soul still craves:
So the multitude of all the nations shall be,
Who fight against Mount Zion.” NKJV
The soul wants, craves, and feels. The desires of the soul are never driven towards God until after he is born again and becomes one spirit with God. The soul can’t understand the things of God except by the Spirit. It can, you know, have a head knowledge, but can’t understand them
1 Cor 2:14-15
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. NKJV.
The natural man here is talking about a man who is not born again. Who has not received the spirit of Christ.
The soul can be taught, trained, fed, in fact, our souls are constantly been fed daily by things we see, hear, and by the Spirit of God.
Technically the soul is like the meeting point of the spirit and body. Something similar to what’s shown in the diagram below.
Body- this is the component made of dust, which serves as man’s (as an entity) connection to the outside, material world. It houses the spirit and soul. It interprets the desires of the soul as influenced by various factors. It is the component of man subjected to nature and time. It gets old, sick, burnt and whatnot. It’s the physical component of man.
Wheeew!!! I didn’t plan for it to be so long but I felt in order to talk about the renewal of the mind, which is a component of the soul anyway, we needed to have a basic understanding of the triune nature of man first. I’d be posting the second part tomorrow where we’d talk about renewing of the mind proper.
Father we pray that we be continually filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we would walk worthy of You unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in Your knowledge. Amen.
So pray on this, meditate on it and have a blissful day ahead.
I love you and there’s nothing you can do about it.
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