Saturday, April 14, 2012

Living for the Lord: Heart, Mind and Body (Part 1)


1 Thessalonians 5:23
As Paul closes his first letter to the Christians at Thessalonica he prays for their sanctification. Notice the source of their sanctification is the God of Peace. The scope takes in every part of their being ("completely"). He is not praying that sin the sin nature be eradicated out them, but that every part of them spirit, soul and body be set apart for God.

We are made in the image of God. He is a triune being, and so are we. Scripture teaches God to be God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Scripture also teaches that we are made up of three part and God desire every part of us to be set apart for His pruposes and for His glory. Let me briefly touch on these three parts as they are given for us here.

Our spirit is that part of us which enables us to have communion with God. It is the part of us that allows us to understand and reason. Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.." We might say then that our spirit is our God awareness or that which cause us to have a consciousness toward God. This would relate to our spiritual life affecting our worship and our prayer life.

Our soul has to do with our emotions, desires, affections, and propensities. The word for soul here is where we get our word "phycic." It has to do more with our self consciousness. The Lord uses this same word in John 12:27 when He said, "My soul is troubled, and what shall I say Father save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour."

Our body is the house in which our person dwells in, "our earthly house" as 2 Corinthians 5:1 reminds us. This we might say has more to do with our earth consciousness.

All three words our used of the Lord Jesus:
On the cross He cried, "Father into your hands I commend My spirit!" Luke 23:46
In Gethsemane He declared, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful unto death" Mark 14:34
Propectically it is written of Him, "A body you have prepared for Me" Hebrews 10:5

The Lord desires that all three areas of our lives, spirit soul and body be sanctified, preserved and blameless when the Lord returns. Meaning that in every area we are to be set apart for God, preserved by Him and blameless before men, that we don't given anyone any leitimate grounds to make accusations against us. Let's break it down this way. Connected to :

Our spirit God desires for us to be set apart from anything that would defile us as 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, "Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." In order that nothing would derail the testimony of the Holy Spirit in our lives in connection to our relationship with God as His children (Romans 8:16). So that nothing would hinder or prevent our worship because God is seeking worshippers and those that "worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24).

Our soul which is the seat of our emotions, should be set apart from evil thoughts "But those things which proceed out of a man's mouth come from the heart and defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Thes are the things which defile a man" (Matthew 15:18-19). We are to abstain from fleshly appetites that would war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11).

Our body is also to be keep from defilement and evil uses (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, Romans 6:19).


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