Monday, September 21, 2009

Who Is God ?

In my preceding post I mentioned the truth, "I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a body." Those words prompted a request simply written, “Define spirit.”

Interesting request, I've heard the statement before and never questioned it, until now. Define spirit. In an effort to define who we are, I started seeing who God is. And that’s how it should be if He is our Father.

For those of you who can do a better job explaining...help. For those who disagree, please share how you feel. We can all learn from each other. For me, I gotta keep it simple. So here’s my simple explanation.

We are spirit, soul and body. Three in one. Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, God, The Three in One. God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit. We’re like that. And that is how it should be since God said it when He started this whole thing. “Let us make man in our image.” So we are triune beings –like God. NOT God but similar in the way He created us. We are spirit soul and body. God is Spirit, Soul and Body too.

Our bodies, the only temporal part of our triune being consists of our flesh, blood and bone structure. God has a body too. His body could be referred to as Jesus when He became flesh The Word that dwelt among us; The Word that dwells among us today His Word, the Bible; and His body, the Church. His body we can touch and see with our temporal bodies on this earth. Jesus, the Bible and the Church (other Christians)

Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions, an eternal part of our triune being. Likewise God’s soul, His mind, will and emotions are revealed to us through His Holy Spirit. Our souls died when Adam gave into temptation. Remember God said not to eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for the day you eat from it you shall surely die. Well, they ate from it and they did not die in the sense we think of as dying. Their bodies did not die, that day. Their souls died. We died. Our minds became corrupt, selfishness dominated our will and we lost control of our emotions. We died by choice.

Define spirit…Our spirit, the eternal part of us created in the image of God that still longs to serve Him. The creation yearns to be reunited with Creator. Our spirit wars against our members (our soul and our flesh.) We are triune beings. Who we are in truth is a spirit created to serve and fellowship eternally with Him. We have yielded to the lesser, the fallen, dead nature within. And have become led by the flesh rather than being led by the spirit.

That is the reason Jesus became flesh. To live a life being tempted just like we are in His soul and tormented in His body, yet He remained sinless. His body and soul sacrificed to save our lost body and soul.

Jesus said, “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” To worship in spirit we must not be led by the flesh. “Be led by the spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

In The Lion King, Mufasa said it well to his son Simba gazing at his reflection in the water, “You are more than what you have become.” He was a lion, the king of the jungle, but he yielded to a lesser nature and was living and acting like a wart hog. Fortunately, Simba came to himself, realized who he was and made a decision to follow his true nature and take his rightful place as king. And everybody lived happily ever after.(if you haven’t seen Lion King, that won’t make any sense at all, sorry.)

We are images of God, created to reflect Him, yet we have allowed our fallen nature (body and soul) to dominate. True fulfillment will only be found when we make a decision to turn from our lesser nature and accept that we are children of The King and receive His nature as our own.

And there is a happily ever after.
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16 comments:

Adam Pastor said...

Greetings Doug Spurling

On the subject of God, The Three in One,
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus

Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

R. Holloway said...

I've never considered differentiating between soul and spirit. I'm not sure if I agree 100% on that one or not, but I'll think on it, and I'd like to hear what others say.

My first thought is that our spirits are as corruptible as our souls (thoughts) or body. That is why we rely on our Father's Holy Spirit.

Thank you for the post... I added you to the Blogroll on Bullets & Butterflies.

Blessings -

Anne L.B. said...

Doug this is beautiful!

I'm sitting here with moist eyes. Without a doubt I hear the Holy Spirit speaking through you here.

I can think of only one thing I could possibly add, and I'm not completely certain about it. I think our personality resides in our spirit, but our positive or negative expression of it comes through the soul.

Doug Spurling said...

Thank you for your comments.

Please note:

DISCLAIMER: Regarding the following comment by Adam Pastor. I have viewed the entire two hour video. In a nutshell it is a production to deny the deity of Jesus. Personally,I do not agree with this unitarian view and accept Jesus as God The Son.

Doug Spurling said...

Sorry, I thought the comment would follow my DISCLAIMER. The comment I referred to is the first one above.

Denise said...

This is really lovely, bless you.

Billy Coffey said...

Wow, Doug. That was great!

Adam Pastor said...

Thanks Doug Spurling
for watching the video.


Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

hollizster_babe3 said...

Omg daddy!! this is amazing!! all these are!! But this one is my FAVORITE!! ((I seriously have tears in my eyes!)) I love you dad!! more than you'll ever kno!! you have really influenced me to be a better person and realize what i do wrong!! you've really helped me daddyy!!!! I miss you!!!! so much!! you mean the WORLD to me!!! I LOVE YOU!!

Gwen Stewart--Singer-Scribe said...

Doug,

What a beautiful post, so clearly laid out: the triune God created a small trinity within our human beings. Thank you for sharing this; I will ponder it today while going about my ever-busy schedule. (And put in terms this musician can understand: the body creates the sound, the soul sings, but the spirit is the resonating chamber that creates richness and roundness of sound, and makes string vibrate in sympathy with one another.)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

It is so nice to be here in your blog that glorifies God's name, Doug. :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Doug,

Incredible post. Thank you for taking the time to spell this out for us, to teach us, and to help us grow in faith. What an incredibly thoughtful, researched post.

You've drawn things to the surface here that I'd never considered -- for example, that we are a three-in-one like God.

Wow.
Just... wow.

Doug Spurling said...

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate you.

Adam Pastor, well done video. Thank you for your comments. I know Jesus, we’re close. He told me He’s God and that you know it too. Only, you know it with your heart, (your spirit) your mind can’t wrap around it (your soul) He loves you, you know that too.

R. Holloway - Thanks, I’m not 100% either. It’s my take on the matter. I’m still going and growing. Thanks for adding me to Blogroll.

Anne – Your blog has become a part of my morning devotions, thanks for your encouraging words here and there.

Denise, you are a blessing of kindness everywhere I see your name in the comments, thank you.

Billy, Wow is right, – I probably shouldn’t feel this way but you’re like the superman of Blogtropolis and to see you show up it’s like… Wow. Thanks Billy.

Gwen, your words are like music to my ears. You really are good at this.

Grace, nice to “meet” you, thanks for stopping. You’re always welcome here.

Jennifer, I love reading your blog, you shine with the love of Jesus. Your comments here mean a lot to me. Thank you.

My Sweet precious Shyloh, – did you think I forgot about you? Never. I love you, I’m proud of you pretty girl. I love your Bible verses you post on facebook – keep shining for Jesus, honor God and have fun. Thank you, you made my day.

FaithBarista Bonnie said...

Wow, what a wonderful post. Thank you for taking time to respond to a reader's question.

I especially was struck with the specifics of the explanation you offered & wrapped it up with a WONDERFUL concluding thought:

"True fulfillment will only be found when we make a decision to turn from our lesser nature and accept that we are children of The King and receive His nature as our own."

Now, that's one we can take to the bank.

We have to receive it daily, no matter how long we've been a believer. I appreciate you linked this act with true fulfillment. Now, that's motivating!

Super, Doug.

Doug Spurling said...

Bonnie, Thank you. Yes indeed, daily I must offer a living sacrifice, Thankfully His mercies are new every morning to help me do it.

Sherri said...

I hadn't thought of this...and actually, your explanation of we humans helped me wrap my mind around the Trinity a little better.

I appreciate concrete teaching brother!!! Thanks!