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 will also do it.”
Now the very God of peace. What a wonderful name for our God!
This is not judicial peace….that, we get when we are born again. A not guilty verdict is given on us, for our sins….which we have committed against a Holy God.
How? Because Jesus Christ died on the cross, taking all our sins on Him, and fulfilling the penalty of our sins in His sacrifice and death. (As Son of God, His was the only worthy sacrifice which could pay such a price.)
But this title: “the very God of peace”, refers to the peace He gives us as we are His, in a world of woe.
This is, of course, as we yield to the Holy Spirit of God within us.
Peter has a verse which shows this:
2 Peter 1:5 “And besides this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;”
Add to your faith, virtue….
This virtue is the “artea” of the Spirit. It is the force of Him in our lives.
He speaks, as the cooing of a dove (Matthew 3:16-17)….distilling peace, quietness and grace, into our busy lives.
He moves in our hearts, to give purity of thought, and action.
He influences us into “…things….true,…honest,…just,…pure,…lovely,…good report,..” (Philippians 4:7-8)
Our hearts become gentle in dealing with others….for that is what He is.
And He places His love in us….for God, for the brethren, and for others. (John 13:34-35)
This is all brought about by acts of our will. As you yield your will to the Holy Spirit, you find yourself being borne along…..as the sails of a ship, which are up are filled with the wind.
This is learned….though we receive the Holy Spirit at new birth, yet we have to learn to yield to Him.
His disciples, after three years with Him, still had a lot to learn….and so do we.
But they did,….so can we:
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem…”He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,”.
(It was time for Him to go up and have the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem…whether they received Him as their King or not. Matthew 21:1-9)
As He went, He had to pass through a village of the Samaritans. But they refused His visit….because He was going up to Jerusalem, not staying with them.
(Remember He had preached and stayed at a Samaritan town, after talking to the woman at the well. John 4:6-40)
But now they refused Him….silly anger, because they thought they were being looked over. (How often our vanity leads us astray!)
And of what spirit are we? Sometimes we think the motive we have is good,……but His will is always best.
Luke 9:53-56 “…And they did not receive Him….And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?
But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not of what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”
Now, I want to point out that this is James and John, two of the Lord’s closest disciples. They wanted to defend Jesus….but He needed no defense….He came to this world, to save.
Sometimes it is better to walk away, and leave the angry, to their own fumes.
Proverbs 25:28 “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
The cities in those days needed walls around them, or marauding bands would come through, and steal and kill indiscriminately.
So, we need to keep our spirits, so that they will be yielding to the Holy Spirit, and not the spirit of the times,
or the spirit of bitterness—looking back,
or the spirit of scorn.
Trust me, I have been corrected so many times, about feeling “insulted”,
Or thinking what others think….maybe they are smarter than I.
What I need to know….is…what does my Lord think, or feel about this.
Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
(This “broken” here, is like a horse….you break down their independence, not destroy their spirit. They will only be able to trust and respond to you, as they are broken of their “wild” spirit.
So with us. David’s spirit of independence: he had sinned as a king, doing what he wanted…had to be “broken”; and it was.
But that had only brought him to lean on, and trust God more.)
The God of Peace offers salvation: spirit, soul, and body. Let us come to Him and yield to the Holy Spirit’s force, “artea”, within us.
Let us yield to the sweet influence of purity….the purity of the Holy Spirit within us, making us more like Christ.