Got a spirit and a soul and a body? 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “May the God of peace himself make you entirely pure and devoted to God; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept strong and blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again” (TLB). Jesus wants your spirit, soul, and body to be perfectly sound until He comes again. He wants your whole person to be separated from profane things and consecrated totally to God. Let’s take a brief look at what you’ve got–spirit, soul, and body.
The spirit… is the source of our life. Healing for our bodies begins there. Pureness begins there. Soundness begins there. Our spirit is the part of us that touches God and the part of us that God touches. If your spirit is sick, it affects the whole body. If your spirit is healthy, your body should be healthy too. Faith resides in our spirit; that’s where God put it. God dwells in our spirit by the Holy Spirit. It’s our spirit that cries out for God. Without God our spirit is empty.
The prophet wrote in 2 Chronicles 15:2, “Craving Him as your soul’s first necessity” (AMP). Are you hungry for more of God in your life? It’s your spirit that is calling for fulfillment. Paul closed his epistles with, “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit” (2 Timothy 4:22) and “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Galatians 6:18). The devil goes around looking for openings in your spirit, and when he finds one he comes and defiles you. He looks for unguarded moments and careless moments in your life, moments such as hasty anger, rage, lust, lack of faith, depression, and more. Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Your whole makeup is upheld by your spirit. Your spirit is the most important part of you.
The soul… has four parts to it. It consists of the mind, the emotions, the will, and the conscience. The mind is the intelligent part of the soul. It can learn, think, remember. It knows and understands, it perceives, and it creates ideas. When the spirit part of us presents itself to God, the mind is touched by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1-2). It is made alive and it is activated. The soul has emotions–it loves or hates, it has compassion, it has joy or sorrow, and it can manifest either good will or ill will. It can be happy or sad, and it can be vexed and irritated, and it can be troubled. The soul has a will; this is the decision-making part of the soul. It makes choices for either good or bad. We act according to the choice we make. The soul has a conscience. The conscience is the watchman, guarding right from wrong. It is here that the Holy Spirit does His greatest healing work, righting wrongs, showing the need of forgiveness, and mending relationships.
The body… is the organized system that carries out the “doing.” When a part in the body ceases to function, disease sets in. Healing for the body starts in the spirit. Your spirit must ask itself. “Do I want to be well?” God wants you well. Our text teaches that all three, spirit, soul, and body are to be sanctified completely and preserved blameless (without injury) until Jesus comes for you or when He comes again. Are you sick physically? Seek healing for your spirit first. King David prayed in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again” (NCV). Make my spirit right again. If your heart (spirit) is not pure, your whole body suffers. Jesus cares for you. Your spirit and soul and body are the only ones you will have in this life. And Jesus cares.
Pastor George Belobaba
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