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. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
” I pray your whole spirit be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
” I pray your whole soul be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
” I pray your whole body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul clearly shows the three parts of man in this verse. We are spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Functionally most Christians only are aware of their body and soul.
Pneuma is the Greek word translated in this verse as spirit. The problem though is that it is often mistranslated as soul. Strongs concordance even defines the spirit as an immortal soul.
The lack of understanding between the soul and spirit has caused most of us to treat them as one. Paul did not do this. He clearly cited the spirit and soul separately.
Over the years I’ve noticed that even most ministers refer to the soul and spirit as if they are the same thing. Let’s think about some of the things we hear in sermons or Christian songs:
“I came to see a soul saved” (Ain’t That What It’s All About)
“We are believing for a harvest of souls!”
I don’t want to be semantic but when a person becomes a Christian it is not their soul that is saved.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Paul tells us that we became a new creature when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. If you have not done this then all you have to do is pray a simple prayer:
“Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.”
If you prayed this prayer then all things in your life just became new! It was that simple but it will not seem like things have changed because they did not in your soul or body. You are a spirit and your spirit has now been recreated in the image of God and in your spirit all things have become new! We are going to begin digging into this with our next post.
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