3 Part Being

14 08 2011

Body, Soul and Spirit

We are a tri-partite being. This is found no-where else in scripture.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV  (23)  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.

In salvation our spirit is a finished work, done by Christ, without any help on our side besides believing. What God accomplishes in our souls is something we do have a part of. We have to make decisions about our walk with Christ inside us. The Holy Spirit is there is help us make the right decisions in this area. Our soul is under the supervision of the Holy Spirit!!! Just as Christ is joined to our spirits, the Holy Spirit is joined to our soul.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, ….

It is vital that we learn to separate between soul, and spirit, in order to walk victoriously. This is how God deals with us, body, soul and spirit, each separately. We need to understand the difference and God’s workings in each of these parts. When we teach, we need to teach ACCURATELY TO EACH SPECIFIC PART, BODY, SOUL, OR SPIRIT. The learner needs to understand what part God is talking to, in order to get understanding of the in-Christ message.

We are only saved in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

We become one spirit with Christ.

Ephesians 5:30-32 KJV  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  (31)  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  (32)  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

We are perfect only in our spirit. Why? Because we are one with Christ. Christ is joined to our spirits.

Galatians 2:20 KJV  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The point is that our spirit is perfect, because Christ is our life, but our relationship to God and His word is worked out in our soulish realm. Our soul is always growing. God wants us to know Christ in us.

Eph 4:15 KJV  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Christ is complete in us. We have received His fullness.

Col 2:9-10 KJV  For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  (10)  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

But we need to be transformed and renewed in our soul realm.

1 Peter 1:9 KJV  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Rom 12:2 KJV  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.

Our bodies will only be made perfect when Jesus comes back to fetch his bride:

1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV  (52)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.




One response

13 05 2012

On my Recovery Version of the Bible is a footnote with a clear explanation of our tripartite being.
Please, enjoy it.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This word strongly indicates that man is of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. The spirit as our inmost part is the inner organ, possessing God-consciousness, that we may contact God (John 4:24; Rom. 1:9).
The soul is our very self (cf. Matt. 16:26; Luke 9:25), a medium between our spirit and our body, possessing self-consciousness, that we may have our personality.
The body as our external part is the outer organ, possessing world-consciousness, that we may contact the material world.
The body contains the soul, and the soul is the vessel that contains the spirit. In the spirit, God as the Spirit dwells; in the soul, our self dwells; and in the body, the physical senses dwell.
God sanctifies us, first, by taking possession of our spirit through regeneration (John 3:5-6); second, by spreading Himself as the life-giving Spirit from our spirit into our soul to saturate and transform our soul (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18); and last, by enlivening our mortal body through our soul (Rom. 8:11, 13) and transfiguring our body by His life power (Phil. 3:21).
See notes 12 2 and 12 3 in Heb. 4.


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