Adapted from Break Free
Understanding Your Supernatural Triune Nature
1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
According to this verse, what are the three parts that make up your whole person?
We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Our soul is the seat of our mind (intellect), will (volition), and emotions (feelings).
Read each of the following verses and notice the use of these terms.
Hebrews 14:12 ESV
12For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
What two parts of this verse make distinctions between what two components of personhood?
Daniel 7:15 ESV
15“As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious (grieved), and the visions of my head alarmed me.
Note that Daniel’s spirit was grieved. It is described as being in his body, and he had a vision in his head, which represents the soul.
Matthew 26:41 ESV
41Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Our spirit is the real person, which is redeemed at salvation, is born again (2 Corinthians 5:17), complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10), and fully sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11) at the time of our conversion.
Romans 8:16 ESV
16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
Recognize that God communicates to us in our spirit.
James 1:21 ESV
21Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
What does this verse say about the salvation of the soul?
Romans 12:1-2 ESV
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
How does the soul (mind) come in line with the spirit?
Matthew 26:37 ESV
37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
We can see from the verse above that the Bible does not teach stoicism or emotional indifference. Jesus felt and expressed emotions. Jesus felt: sorrow and was troubled. (Mark 14:34; Luke 12:50)
Here are some other references of Jesus experiencing emotions:
Mark 3:5 anger and grief
Luke 7:13 Compassion
Luke 10:21 Joy
John 11:35 and Luke 19:41 Weeping
Our bodies are the earthly physical houses in which our spirits and souls reside. If our bodies stop functioning, we leave this life.
2 Corinthians 5:1 ESV
1For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Peter 1:13 ESV
13I think it right, as long as I am in this body(tent), to stir you up by way of reminder,
2 Corinthians 5:1 and 2 Peter 1:13, Peter and Paul use what two terms, "house" and "tent" to describe the human body?
2 Corinthians 5:6 ESV
6So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
According to this verse, what happens to your spirit and soul when you leave your body? It gives our present situation and then indicates that the opposite premise must be true. While we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord.
Our bodies themselves are not evil and must be cared for and maintained (Ephesians 5:28-29). Yet, they are the seat of the flesh (Romans 7:22-25). The flesh is the desire to live our lives independent of God and focused on ourselves (Galatians 5:17).
Romans 6:12-13 ESV
12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
These verses tell us we should not let sin reign in our bodies. Our bodies are great servants, but horrible masters.
Romans 8:23 ESV
23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
We’ve learned that our spirit was redeemed when we converted, our soul is being redeemed by the renewing of our mind, and our body will be redeemed at the return of Christ;
God wants to bring our entire person into alignment with Him. Our spirit is to be under the control of the Holy Spirit. As our spirit comes in alignment with God at salvation, the Lord wants our soul and our body also to line up with God’s will. When we are walking in alignment, the Bible refers to it as “walking in the Spirit.”
Read Romans 8:9 and 1 Corinthains 6:19. The Holy Spirit lives in us. As our whole being is fully yielded to Him, we walk in the Spirit.
Read Galatians 5:25 “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” and Galatians 5:26 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
The term walk contains the idea of relationship (Genesis 5:24). We are to walk in close relationship with the Lord, alive to God (Ephesians 2:1) in our spirit, listening to His inner voice in our spirit (John 10:4, Romans 8:14, 16), keeping our focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3, Colossians 3:2), renewing our mind with God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2), and disciplining our bodies to be subject to the Spirit (1 Corinthians 9:27). As we walk in this alignment, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Write out a prayer asking the Lord to work in the following areas of your life in your own words:
Ask the Lord help you fully surrender to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, spirit, soul, and body.
Ask the Lord to draw you into closer and closer relationship with Him.
Ask the Lord to help you focus on Him and depend on Him.
Ask the Lord to help you listen to His Spirit, to renew your mind according to God’s Word, and to transform the ways in which you live and think as subjects of His Spirit and not your own understanding.