Spirit, Soul and Body:
Many years ago, I came across a teaching on the subject; spirit, soul and body. I was a Baptist pastor with a Master of Divinity degree with many years in the ministry. This teaching was not taught in my seminary nor was it taught in any Baptist literature that I ever came across.
So, what I am going to teach you this morning, I have studied and now believe. So, let us begin and read together 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The Bible says; “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Now, what does this mean? Let me explain!
- You are a spirit being.
2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
In I Thessalonians 5:23, the word spirit could mean Holy Spirit or could be used to mean a demonic spirit. It is the part of you that is either alive to God or dead. Your spirit is a person with a personality, who thinks and is rational. It is connected to the soul and gives it power to influence.
- You have a soul.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Also in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and this text, the word soul is the part of you that feels, desires, decides and is emotional. It does so through the thinking process. Its thoughts are influenced through the spirit that is either alive to God or dead.
- You live in a body.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
In I Thessalonians 5:23, the word body is used to mean the physical body of both man and animals. But, in the above text the word flesh is used and it means the physical body including the natural man with the animal instincts.
- Let me encourage you to study today’s teaching in great detail.
- This material is key to unlocking the New Testament.
- It will enrich your relationship and your walk with God.