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
Paul tells us that we have a spirit, soul, and body. The spirit is probably what is most misunderstood.
We are aware of our bodies. It would not be difficult for us to answer if asked whether we were hot or cold. The body is used to interact with the physical realm which is what most of us are most aware of.
The soul represents our mind, will, intellect, and emotions. We could easily answer whether we are happy or not if asked.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Our spirit is the part which interacts with God. It is the part of our being that is most misunderstood.
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
The spirit was made new when we became a Christian. We cannot feel our spirit and therefore will usually not be aware of it.
I have heard people talk about “feeling” the Spirit of God move in a service. Technically, this is not a correct statement. We cannot “feel” the spirit with our physical senses.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
We can see the effect of wind but cannot see it. In the same sense, we can sense the Holy Spirit when He manifests in a service but cannot “feel” Him. It is impossible to “feel” spirit. We cannot look in a mirror and “see” our spirit.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
We interact with the spiritual realm through the Word of God. This is where we go to find out what our position in Christ is. This is what I consider to be the primary revelation that unlocks the victorious Christian life all of us desire.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James was not talking about a casual glimpse. The word “looketh” could also be translated “look intently”. The Word of God is spirit and it will show us our position in Christ but only if we are looking intently at it. To move into the victorious life God has planned for us we must train ourselves to trust whatever it says about us more than what we perceive with our five physical senses.
Paul tells us that we have become new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17) and that all things have become new. We may not be able to perceive that things are “new” but the Bible tells us that they are. It is our choice whether we will accept that or the input of our senses. Unfortunately, the vast majority will choose what their five physical senses are saying over the Word of God.
The Word of God also tells us that we were created righteous. This means every Christian has been granted right standing with God. Our spirits were made righteous at the same level as Jesus when we turned to God and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior! This will seem like blasphemy to many people because they are not looking at themselves through the lens of Scripture.
God is a spirit. He connects with us in spirit. If we are going to walk with Him, we will have to train ourselves to look into the spirit by looking into His Word.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Abba is an intimate term. A Christian can have a personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit was sent to indwell us and facilitate this relationship.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
I have heard people in church say that they do not have the Spirit of God living in them. This is equivalent to saying that they are not a Christian! The Holy Spirit is dwelling in the spirit of every born again believer regardless of whether or not they choose to recognize His presence.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:17
John tells us that we are just like Jesus is in this world. He was writing to Christians. Most of us only know ourselves according to the input of our five physical senses. The majority have no revelation of their standing in Christ Jesus.
If our goal is to walk in victory we will have to develop a revelation of our position in Christ. Most Christians believe that we will not be changed into the image of Jesus until we get to heaven. This is contrary to what Scripture teaches.
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