Spirit, Soul, and Body – Part 2

09 Mar 2016

Walking in the Spirit

This is a continuation of the article Spirit, Soul, and Body.

“The true Christian life is not a life governed by a long set of rules without us; it is a life led by a loving and ever present person within us.” (R.A. Torrey)

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, NASB95)

God made our spirit, soul, and body and created each part to function and work (flow) together.

  1. Our spirit should guide our life by God’s word.
  2. Our soul (mind, will, emotions) should be a servant, obeying our spirit.
  3. Our body should be a slave, obeying our spirit and soul.

Believers walking in the spirit:

  1. Use the word of God to control their body.
  2. Lean on the Holy Spirit.
  3. Cast down imaginations – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:3–5, NKJV) “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2, NASB95)

Salvation is past, present, and future.

  1. Our spirit was saved the day we were born again. – Past: instant and perfected forever. “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14, NASB95)
  2. Our soul is being saved. – Present: progressive and continuing. “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21, NASB95)
  3. Our body will be saved. – Future: instant. “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:52–53, NASB95)

JD Wilhite

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