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Spirit, Soul and Body

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 – 1st Thessalonians 5:23.

Every part of a Christian’s life should bear evidence that they are set apart as holy to God. Sanctification isn’t a denomination; it’s a lifestyle. Your spirit, soul, and body must be sanctified to the Lord.

Adam didn’t become a living soul until after God breathed the breath of life in his nostrils (And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.. The soul is composed of the mind, will, and emotions. The soul is that part of us that is life. Soul does not designate a part of a human being, but rather the whole person considered from one particular aspect of its functioning. As such, it represents primarily the body’s life force or the person’s inner life, encompassing desires and emotions.

God knows our beginning, middle, and ending, and He has not commissioned us to do something He has not empowered us to do. When God created Adam, he was created in the likeness of God and His Son. God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Their disobedience caused them to give their authority to Satan.

Adam was given authority to rule everything that was on the earth (And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth – Genesis 1:26). Disobedience caused Satan to become the god of this world rather than man. God made Adam and Eve with free will, meaning He wouldn’t make them do anything; they could choose what they wanted to do.

God has also given us free will to choose who we will serve and what we will or will not do. He doesn’t make anyone choose Him. He gave an instruction manual to live our lives the way He wants us to live if we serve Him. We can’t do it our way; it has to be done the way He has instructed.

When Adam disobeyed God, he no longer was in the image of God; he retained an impaired image of God. Regaining a likeness of God is one of the accomplishments of salvation. Our spiritual likeness is restored in justification. Our character likeness is being continuously developed in the process of sanctification.

Sanctification can only occur when we allow the Lord to take us through the process. He has given us what we need (According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue – 2nd Peter 1:3). When one accepts salvation; sanctification is accompanied with it. The problem is most people don’t want to go through the process.

To go through the process, one must be willing; when salvation occurs, the individual will gradually stop doing, saying, and going places they were doing before accepting salvation. This is how one will know if they have truly been saved from the heart and not by the emotions (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). Because Jesus has entered the heart the person has became one with Him.

It’s the individual’s responsibility to pray, read, and study the Bible; we will not grow spiritually if we don’t seek after the things of God. When we seek after the things of God, our soul no longer dominates us, but our spirit will dominate our soul. Prayer keeps us connected with God, and reading the Bible conforms our spirit and soul to the things of God.

Reading the Bible transforms our minds to conform to God’s Word. His Word opens our understanding of what is acceptable and not acceptable. When one’s mind has not been conformed to the Word of God, he or she will continue to live as partial Christians.

God does not want us to live as partial Christians; that’s what made the generation of the Israelites not enter into the Promised Land because of their disobedience (Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief [disobedience] – Hebrews 4:6). Bible Scholars states it was about 2.4 million delivered from slavery, but 1,078,000 died in the wilderness because of disobedience. The next generation entered the Promised Land.

Christians are on a journey to the Promised Land, called Heaven. To enter, the spirit, soul, and body must be holy. Holy indicates separated to God’s use and His use only, not yielding to the influence of Satan. When Christians adhere to the Word of God and follow its instructions, the spirit, soul, and body will become subject.

Our bodies were bought at a price; we belong to God; therefore, we should submit ourselves to Him. When you truly love someone, you will do everything you can to please them; why not do that with God? Hell was not created for Christians but for Satan and his angels, but when we continue to reject God’s Word and live the way we want, we will be sent to hell.

Read and study the Word of God and see who will enter heaven and who will not. If we’re living according to the Word of God, we will enter heaven; if not, we will enter hell, and there is no exit once you enter. Jesus is returning for His church; examine yourself with the Word of God and see if you will be returning with Him!

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