To be Saved, Spirit, Soul, and Body
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “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.
Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.”
He is faithful….this is a wonderful name of our Lord Jesus.
Faithful here means to be trustworthy….like a parent who builds us up…we can trust ourselves to Him….and His guidance….for He wants the best for us.
All He does, is with the view in mind, to make us….and give us…all He has for us.
While we are body, soul, and spirit (this is the way we see ourselves,….
……although you will note: that He says spirit, soul and body)……we can not really separate one from the other….
What we feel in our emotions….we often show on our faces. What we think, we often express in words.
But there is a complete salvation: spirit, soul, and body.
We are body, soul and spirit….even when we are lost. Our spirit is darkened, and we are alone.
But when we are born again….the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit,…comes into our spirit….and implants a new nature….God’s nature; and gives us faith, and grace.
Then, everything changes.
Before we lived from the outward in….
…..things influencing us from our bodies:
what we see, what we hear, what we smell, what we feel….all influence our souls…..and our soul’s reaction to them.
(Our souls are our minds….thoughts and reasons; Our hearts….emotions and affections; Our wills….which is the action part of us….for what we will, we do.)
But now, we live from the inside out:
The Holy Spirit, in our spirit….which is now enlightened and empowered by faith and grace….
….presses against our souls….our minds, our hearts affection and emotion, and our wills…
….to work out His Will and Word to us.
This “working out” changes our character into the character of Christ.
For God has placed within us a new nature…..a new disposition.
And we express our character through our bodies.
We are drawn to the things of God….we are interested in His Word….we are desirous of fellowship with others who love the Lord.
Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling:
For it is God Who worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
This working out is from the spirit to the body….because of the Atonement of Christ….
Because of what Christ did….and Who He is to us (our Lord and Savior)….we can claim the full salvation of us.
He saves us spiritually, when we are born again.
He is faithful….He will never let us go….nor let any pluck us from His hand.
John 10:28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
He saves our souls,….our minds from the world’s thoughts and opinions; our hearts from inordinate affections, and our wills from stubbornness and going our own way…
……as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s authority over our lives.
First, in denying our self life, our habits, our opinions, our plans, our associates….(all of this is taking away the old….putting off)
Colossians 3:9 “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds,”
Second, by taking on the character of Christ…by using the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)….that the Holy Spirit works within us (remember, now that we are born again, we grow from inward to outward….yet all of us is saved)
Love,….when we would prefer not to
(and love is in the active noun….not some nice, sweet, thought that never transfers to work)
Joy, which is the Presence of God in my life….even amid trials and tribulations.
Patience, when we would normally get frustrated…or run ahead.
Peace, when we would normally be in turmoil.
Yes, these and all the rest….can….will….be worked in our spirits, then our characters……through our bodies….by the Holy Spirit of God!
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
Do I pay any attention that my body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost?….the place where He is working?
Or do I think of Him as “a Roomer”; one which has a room in my house, but that is all?
When Jesus Christ came to earth,….very God and very man….He was filled with the Holy Spirit,……
….because that is what we need….and He was an example in all things.
After that, every day was a day to work, to teach, to witness, to rebuke, to heal…
….yet everyday was filled with the ordinary things of walking, talking, eating, and praying.
His life was the template of the life God has for us….
…are we ready to be saved….spirit,….soul,…and body….and manifest Christ’s character through us?