Part 1 – The Spirit of Mankind
According to the Bible, God formed man in His image and likeness, and through His Spirit, the breath of human life began. God made man distinct from all the rest of His creation including the animals.
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As God is the Supreme head in the tri-unity, a group consisting of three closely related members known as Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Man has three parts, spirit, soul, and body.
Apostle Paul writes: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1Thessalonians 5:23(NASB).
Note that the conjunction “AND” indicates that God himself without ambiguity that the three, the spirit and soul, and body are distinct to one another, and yet many disregard this true word of God, and their understanding could spring to lost souls.
A spirit can be a life force responsible for our daily survival in this world. The atmosphere we associate, people, our family, work, and even the pets we have and the food we consume daily are all part of our spiritual being.
The people we meet every day sometimes shape our mood for the day. It drives us to do better or put us down sometimes. It is wise to know who you are dealing with either daily or from time to time. The bible says to avoid dealing or fellowshipping with darkness, meaning people without fear of God.
God and no one else is the choice to be with us every day of our life, His Spirit gives life. When God is with you no one else can be against you and if there is one that will be against you then you already know it is not of God. Spirit relates to our soul and the body follows the dictate of our soul.
The relationship between God and humanity is through His Spirit.
As Jesus said that God is a Spirit and whoever worships Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. If we sum it up, our relationship is through worship by means of prayer. Our obedience to His will and to accomplish His purpose for us to be like Him must acknowledge His wholeness and fullness that He is all in all.
The giver of life and rewards those with the Spirit of obedience and discipline. Christians emphasize that the human spirit becomes a partaker of the Divine Nature of God once they become New Creature in Christ, the very core of Christian doctrine.
God is a Spirit with supreme power to think, see, and feel.
In other words, whatever our souls possess, He has that too but greater than what we have; but He does not need a body to communicate with us, he does not need a soul that dies; all in all, He is a Spirit that has everything with unlimited power, can be everywhere and knows everything. No matter how great we do here on earth, it is still nothing.
Our body decays in due time while the souls that sin dies and the spirit goes back to God. God has feelings that when we idolized something He gets angry. He is a jealous Father and He punishes those who disobey His will but love those who love Him.
His Spirit is holier than our spirit; His thought is higher than our thoughts.
What more do we need when we already have the spirit of life? Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and we can certainly have a better soul and a healthy body. What more do we need when we already have His Spirit in us.
Our being will be part of the essential seat of God’s existence that He established in our heart through the Son Jesus. Our heart is the throne of our kingdom that was transformed when Jesus said that the kingdom is at hand.
It is a declaration that the kingdom of God which is the government of God is here and all we have to do is to acknowledge and receive it. In Isaiah 11:1-3, the prophet describes the shoot that shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.”
Our human spirit is the key to experience our personal relationship with Jesus Christ and live a truly Christian life not by professing but by confessing our belief and faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who was raised by the Father after He completed his mission here on earth, that one day He will rule as King of kings and Lord of lords.
As the Father said that when we believe in Christ, we are redeemed of our sins and received the forgiveness that being said we were delivered from God’s eternal judgment and the joy of everlasting life with Him is the fulfillment of His purpose to be with Him.
While we are here at the moment, the kingdom that Jesus announced during his life here on earth replaces the church when the Holy Spirit of God take over upon our submission and allow Him to live in the deepest part of our being and enjoy our human life until the time comes that the final sanctification and then the glorification will be received and Jesus Christ Himself will be the faithful witness.
Our body will be reformed by God and our spirit will be renewed by the Holy Spirit. The most wonderful thing that makes a thing a thing becomes the most wonderful Person in us. As it is written, “the first man, Adam, became a living soul’; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.” 1Corinthians 15:45.
As one, who has believed in Christ, has also believed in His words, His teachings, His promises and to believe in Him is also to know Him more and the more you know Him, the more you involve Him in your daily life.
The Lord Jesus has provided a wonderful answer and that is our human spirit.
Human is a soul with the spirit that gives life and a borrowed vessel that is called flesh.
The human spirit is the breath of life and the Lord can be within us through spirit.
In 2 Timothy 4:22 it says: “The Lord is with your spirit.”—“God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”— Genesis 2:7.
God is a Spirit and definitely when He created Adam in His image and likeness. Definitely, Adam’s Spirit is the Spirit of God and became the human spirit when Adam fell from lies and deceit. The spirit is the breath of life that makes a man a living soul and if not with the spirit the man that God formed remains to be just a three-dimensional image, a trophy, no life and just a statue.
Proverbs 20:27— which says, “The spirit of man is the lamp of God.”
“The Spirit of God makes His direct contact to our spirit which lies in the deepest part of our being, the holy of holies. “Man’s spirit is his inward organ for him to contact God, receive God, contain God, and assimilate God into His entire being as his life and his everything.” Genesis 2:7—Holy Bible Recovery Version.
It is only by our spirit that we can make a connection with God. Our human spirit is very important to God to be holy because God desires to be with us in perfect holiness because God is perfect and our imperfection needs more work for improvements through faith at work.
Justification by faith alone and justification by faith without work is dead should not become burdensome both will only lead you to get confused. The Bible said work on your own salvation, so do it. Justified but not sanctified is a study that was already explained by me under the process of salvation(http://amazingkingdom.org/salvation-process.html).
Our human life begins with the Spirit of God and not of the soul or the flesh. Two nature of the child of God according to the book of John: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” 3:6
God’s Spirit is Divine means holy and perfect while human’s spirit is imperfect and we need to be regenerated and the only is way through Jesus Christ; the way the truth and the life and through Him we will be a new creation, born from above and once this happened and continues a good work, we may become a new person and a partaker of God’s Divine Nature.
Regeneration is accomplished through the washing of our sin by the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ and to be regenerated is to have eternal life. When we are born of God, that will make us children of God and our human spirit becomes God’s Spirit.
We can practice now communicating with the Father and the Son Jesus through our Spirit (emphasizing that our spirit is at that moment a Spirit) first thing in the morning as we wake up by simply calling their names saying “Thank you for the refreshing body and renewed spirit.” It is very important to ask for forgiveness for the sin of the day and do it before bedtime, so, when we start a new day we start fresh.
Spiritual breathing through meditation is a good exercise for our souls.
Close your eyes and meditate the Trinity, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit then set up the place where you want to be with them.
It could be in a beautiful garden surrounded by beautiful flowers with colorful butterflies flying and friendly bees; it could also be your dream mansion or any where you thoughts will lead you to a very inspirational experience.
Start the meditation by inhaling the Spirit of the Father using our nostril not mouth to admit God the Father to come into our senses then hold three seconds and do this with tight lips so the spirit inhaled will not leak. At this moment your thoughts should be with the Father; exhale from the mouth and let the sin of the day pass through, keep your eyes close while you are meditating.
2nd inhale the Spirit of the Son using our lips slightly press together enough to hold the Spirit for three seconds (if you can’t hold the three seconds do not do this exercise) we want the mouth close so the Spirit inhaled will not leak.
At this moment your thoughts should be with the Son and then let the sins pass-through by exhaling from the mouth and that makes the sins of the day completely washed out
3rd Spiritual breathing exercise. Inhale the Holy Spirit within using our nostrils and not the mouth and hold for three seconds (if you can’t hold the three seconds do not do this exercise) do this with both lips slightly press together enough to avoid the spirit inhaled will not leak.
At this moment your thoughts should be with the Holy Spirit in a welcoming mood and hold the breath for five seconds only if you could and never force yourself that might give you more harm than good.
Exhale the same way as the fist and the second exhalation process.
We have to continue the meditation for ten minutes or more as your time permits or end it after the third exercise.
Do not forget to give thanks to the Holy One. Remember that the Spirit of the Trinity is three people in one Spirit. Once we are one in Spirit with God and with the Son we can communicate with them in Spirit that is within us.
As a partaker of the Divine Nature of God communications in Spirit is the way and not through our emotion which is driven by our souls. When we pray using the Word of God taken from the Bible, it must be in Spirit or you may only be making soul recitations that only satisfy your feelings.
When you pray in public make sure to avoid too many words that sometimes make the hearers lose their focus to the prayer and their ears turned itchy. We want to keep the Spirit flow and not to be destructed by using almost a vain repetition of the word like for example; Father God, Lord God. This doesn’t help the listeners to be filled with the Spirit and enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit but instead, they become burdensome.
I am saying these things not because I am criticizing the leaders who do these things but to educate them on the proper way of spiritual blessings. Prayer can bless many hearers and there is no doubt in my mind that through prayers we can make them closer to God and enlighten them through the help of the Holy Spirit.
It is to be loved by God.
We can have all the things in this world but without God life can be meaningless and without God, there will be no one to lean on in times of need. When we are emotionally destructed due to something that surrounds us like the attitude and behavior people, turn to God rather than seeking an emotional solution.
Put the feelings aside and learn to turn deeply to the Father and the Son.
We are not omitting the Holy Spirit because He is within us that guides us and always acknowledges His presence in our daily life. When you think about the three persons in the Trinity think about One Spirit and we have it.
Our Bible is divided into three parts and Jesus Christ updated us in the New Covenant and now we are living in the revealed part of the Bible where the Holy Spirit is in charge.
The Old, the New, and the present time is One Spirit, and do not be confused we only have One True God and no one else.
We should try to live a divine life and be with God all the days of our lives and let our hunger for His revelation increases more daily as we continue to humble and submit ourselves to His wholeness and fullness.
As Jesus Christ, the Son of God said that after the Father put all His enemies under His feet, He Himself will submit to the Father our LORD, the Almighty God so that the Father will be all in all. Amen.
Continue to Read Part 2: Soul: Mind, Emotion and Will