SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY

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Introduction

When God created man, He created them with three parts; spirit, soul and body.

  • 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. Genesis 2:7 KJV
  • the dust [out of which God made man’s body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7 AMP

GOD's will that our Body, Soul and Spirit prosper

  • Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper1 and be in health, even as2 thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2 KJV
Other versions
 
  • Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 3 John 1:2 AMP
 

1. spirit

Instruction

  • of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17 NKJV

We know that when Adam and Eve sinned, they did not die physically. They died spiritually. 

spiritual death - The current state of all unforgiven sinners

  • I was brought forth in [a state of] wickedness; In sin my mother conceived me [and from my beginning I, too, was sinful]. Psalm 51:5 AMP
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 AMP
  • And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins Ephesians 2:1 AMP
  • even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment). Ephesians 2:5 AMP
We are sinners by birth and by practice.

Spiritual Rebirth - Becoming Born Again

  • Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 AMP
  • you have been born again [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] not of seed which is perishable but [from that which is] imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God. 1 Peter 1:23 AMP

When one becomes Born Again, he becomes spiritually alive. 

Exercise/Growth

1. Through Tongues
2. Through The Word of GOD
  • Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4 BSB
  • He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3 AMP
  • like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment] 1 Peter 2:2 AMP

Here “spirit” refers to your spirit not the Holy Spirit.

3. Through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
  • And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord Ephesians 5:18-19 KJV

2. Soul

Creation

  • 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. Genesis 2:7 KJV

Soul leaves body at death

  • as her (Rachel’s) soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. Gen 35:18 ESV
  • And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 1 Kings 17:21 NKJV

Future destiny for unregenerate souls

Question for ourselves

  • what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul? Mark 8:36 BLB

Exercise/Growth

  • be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 NASB

Here “soul” is used interchangably with “mind”.

3. Body

May perish while on earth

Will be transformed eventually

  • But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV
  • So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 ESV

Exercise/Growth

  • I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV
Other Bible Versions
 
  • I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians  9:27 NASB 1977
  • But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service]. 1 Corinthians 9:27 AMP

Footnotes

  1. 2137 euodoo {yoo-od-o'-o} from a compound of 2095 and 3598; to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:--(have a) prosper(-ous journey). See Greek-- 2095 See Greek-- 3598
  2. Note sequence of prosperity
    1. spirit (not mentioned here)
    2. soul (already prospering as indicated by "even as thy soul prospereth"
    3. body & material prosperity