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)
We closed our last post with this verse. Paul told us that all things have become new when we became a Christian. The Bible does not contain error but it seems like things are the same. If we were overweight before inviting Jesus into our heart we will still be overweight afterwards!
It is vital that we understand Paul was not referring to our soul and body. In the spiritual realm we have been recreated into a new creature. All things in the spirit have become new.
We are going to spend time discussing the differences between our spirit, soul, and body. For now I will just say the spirit is the part of our being which is made new when a person becomes a Christian. The soul consists of our mind, will, intellect and emotions. It must be renewed through time spent meditating and studying God’s Word.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
The final piece of our being is our body. We communicate with the natural realm through our five physical senses.
There are a lot of people who pray and ask Jesus to come into their hearts thinking they will experience and immediate change. Salvation affects our spirit and then we have to submit our soul and flesh to the Word of God.
So by process of elimination we can eliminate our body and soul from Paul’s statement that everything becomes new. Our soul is renewed by spending time studying the Bible and our body will be changed.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Our bodies were purchased by God with the blood of Jesus. They just have not been redeemed yet. One day soon though Jesus will return for the Church and our mortal bodies will be transformed!
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:53)
Our bodies will be changed but they are not yet. They are not the part of us that “old things have passed away” and become new.
The soul is also not part of the “old things have passed away” and become new.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:9-10)
We do not know all things right now.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Our souls are not perfected yet. We do have the Holy Spirit and He knows all things but we are still at the point where we only “know in part”.
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