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.