Spirit, Soul, and Body (part 1d)

Spirit, Soul, and Body (part 1d)

~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore.  You can hear the whole sermon, Spirit, Soul, and Body (part 1), from Agathos Church. Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.

The born again spirit comes from God breathing Himself into us.  “He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 20:22)  This is just like God did in the Garden with Adam – His breath (His Spirit / His Life) was given to Adam.  Jesus was the second Adam (this is the reason for the virgin birth).  Being a perfect sacrifice, Christ died for us and rose again.  The very day He rose again, he spoke the words in Jn 20:22 to the disciples and in breathing on them, they were born again!  They now had the Spirit of God living on the inside of them.  They were spiritually alive.  The same thing happened to every single one of us when we received Jesus.  

“. . . that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 Jn 4:17)  How could we go to God with boldness (no shame . . . like a child would run up to his daddy or mama)?  How could we have no reservation to run to God?  BECAUSE, as He (Jesus) is, so are we.  Present tense.  In this world.  Right now.  We are as Jesus is!

What if we don’t feel like we are the same as Jesus?  If our lives don’t line up with it?  We need to remember that we are perfect in our Spirit, and becoming so in soul.  That’s why Jesis said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (Jn. 3:6)  That’s why you can’t feel “being born again.”  We can feel our body.  We can also feel our soul.  We can feel the effects of words.  We are attune to our soul and how we feel.  We can describe it.  We cannot describe how we feel in our spirit.  Our flesh cannot touch our spirit.  Our soul cannot touch our spirit.  Our spirit can and does affect our soul.  We also can often sense a demon on someone – instantly feeling it when in their presence.  That’s not our soul or body feeling that – that’s our spirit recognizing that demonic spirit.  It’s spirit to spirit.  Spirit communicates to spirit, but not to the flesh or to the soul.  An exception is that God can override our natural ability so that we can see angels, etc. – to see into the spirit-realm. This is the discerning of spirits (1 Cor. 12).   For people to see spirits with their physical, natural eye is not natural.  God provides for this by overriding what is natural and allowing you to see into the spiritual realm.

How then do you understand what is going on in your spirit – if you can’t feel it?  You have to get it by the Word of God!  The Word of God will tell you what is true about your spirit.  The only place you can get it is by the Word of God – or by the Spirit of God talking to you and telling you.  James says it this way: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does.”  (James 1:22-25)  The Word of God is a mirror so we can see who we are.  As a man thinks in his heart – so is he! (Prov. 23:7)  If we understand who we are as a born again person – with the Spirit of God on the inside of us, we will begin to live that out!  1 Cor 15:34 says “wake to righteousness and sin not” – wake up to who you are in God!  We are the righteousness of God.  If you wake up to who you are in God, the end result is you will not sin – because as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  This is the difference between having a righteousness-consciousness vs. a sin-conciousness.  

You may feel like a hypocrite to say that you “are the righteousness of God.”  The fact of the matter is, if you, as a born again believer, act like you are a sinner, you are being a hypocrite.  We need to get right in our thinking and realize what happened at the Cross and realize what happened when we accepted Christ into our lives.  God says “would you please come into agreement with me?”  Start to realize that you are the righteousness of God – perfect in His eyes!  When you begin to realize this, begin to walk out the truth of who we are in God, you will walk more holy on accident than we ever did on purpose.  The lyrics of the old hymn bear this out:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Looking at Jesus will transform us.  We are not transformed by trying hard not to sin. We are transformed by renewing our mind.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

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