January 11: Body, Soul, and Spirit

Genesis 2:7. then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.

Here’s where we’ve been and where we are going:

We said that there are two things from Genesis that we needed to learn about being alive. The first is that we image God. We have spent a few days exploring that concept. The second is that we are living souls.

We will spend the next few days exploring this idea of being living souls. But first some groundwork must be laid.

When we begin to connect all of the scriptures I believe that we can see that we are made up of three parts: body, spirit, soul.

God crafted Adam’s body from the dust. He breathed into him a spirit*. And then he became a soul. We HAVE bodies and spirits. We ARE souls. The soul is what flows out of the body-spirit connection.

Why is this important? Because as we will see throughout this whole year, it is the spirit that will need to be changed (and Jesus has done this on the day you received him), and then it will be the body that will need to be changed (and Jesus will do this at the resurrection), and then the soul will be naturally changed as it flows from your new spirit and body connection.

To live from the indwelling life of Christ is to live from a new spirit. We have the Holy Spirit, not the Holy Soul. If you want your soul to change, you will need a new spirit and a new body. Jesus provides both. And that’s good news!

*There are several scripture that point to the spirit being given to us by God:

Job 33:4. The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Ecclesiastes 12:7. the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Isaiah 42:5. This is what God the Lord says … who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on [the earth]…

Zechariah 12:1. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…


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