Day 27 Ephesians 2 v 1

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

The Scripture does not waste time trying to be diplomatic; it tells it like it is, nothing more, nothing less! Here Scripture tells us blatantly that before we responded to Christ we were dead. Not physically dead but spiritually dead.  The reason for this is that when God made Adam, He made him to be fashioned in His own image, “Let us make man in Our own image and likeness…So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1 v 26-27. Part of being made in God’s image is the ability to express ourselves, to choose, to exercise free will, to convey emotions and to create. All of these are attributes of God that we have received having been made in His image. But there is one other very important aspect of God’s image that was given to Adam, and that is He made Adam to be a Trinity just like Himself. Just as God is a Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being one in essence but distinctly three persons; so too God’s highest creation, man, is created to be a Trinity – body, soul and spirit.  In 1 Thessalonians 5 v 23 we read, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The spirit within us is that part of our being that is designed to communicate with God and is where the gift of faith springs from.  Our spirit longs to hear the voice of God and is in fact nourished and strengthened by receiving the WORD of God.  This is precisely why the WORD of GOD is consistently symbolised in the Bible as bread and manna which nourishes the body, in the same way our spirit needs the spiritual food that comes from the WORD; for faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. (Romans 10v17)

The body is that which is flesh and blood; it is the shell that contains the person.  It has been designed to be a physical material suit to live in a physical material world. As such it interacts with the physical world through the five senses: touching, tasting, hearing, smelling and seeing. The soul is the seat of our personality, by which we feel, choose and express ourselves, by which we love, hate, have compassion and feel jealous.

Trinty pic 1

Now although Adam was created as a trinity, he lost that Trinitarian state when he fell into the bondage of sin the moment he disobeyed God’s direct command and believed Satan’s lies. That moment in which Adam rebelled against his Creator the dynamic relationship that he had with his Creator was terminated and his spirit died.  All of his kin have inherited this fallen state, a spirit that is dead, as Romans 5v12 states, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”   This then is why we were dead in trespasses and sins.

Now since the Fall the soul has also been dramatically affected since it is now corrupt and self-seeking and determines its course of action by its relation to the five physical senses: to touch, taste, hear, smell, and see.  The soul has become the slave of the body in this sense, seeking constantly to satisfy the desires of the body. This is why the New Testament uses the terms flesh, passions, desires and old nature inter-changeably because all are corrupt and bent on serving self.

So the spirit within an unbeliever is dead or dormant and is completely non-active. It was God’s intention that the spirit within a man would rule his being because God communicates to us through our spirit which responds through faith. But as long as the spirit is dead then faith is also dead and the soul rules the person, which is a recipe for disaster because the soul has been corrupted by the Fall of Adam; it is bent to self gratification and is the access point by which Satan communicates to us (see Romans 8v1-17, 1 Corinthians 15v42-50, Galatians 5v16-25 below). However, the person who has received Christ as Lord has been made alive through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15v21-22

This happens when the Holy Spirit comes and lives within us and activates our spirit just as if someone turned the light on upon entering a dark room!  In the same way we become alive to God, because our spirit has been brought to life by God the Holy Spirit; this is what it means to be born again and why Jesus said in John 3v3, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”; and why Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15v50, “…that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.”

The result is that we are now spiritually alive to God and therefore able to worship and talk to God by faith through our spirit, as John 4v23 says, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”  Therefore the born again believer is re-instated to the Trinitarian pre-fall state that Adam originally had – body, soul, and spirit.  It is because we are so reinstated through Christ to be Trinitarian that we can have a relationship with God who is a Trinity. Jesus said in Matthew 5 v 48, “…be perfect just as Your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Being made alive to God and being remade in His Trinitarian image is part of the fulfilment of that Scripture; which is why, as it says in Colossians 2v10, we are complete in Him!

OUR PRAYER TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank you that through Your Son Jesus Christ we who were dead in trespasses and sins, have now been made alive, our spirit has been born again.  Thank you that now we can hear Your voice and discern Your direction for our lives.  Enable us Your servants to be disciplined to feed our spirit daily with Your eternal WORD that we may live by faith and increase in faith and so be complete body, soul and spirit.

Amen

 

References

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,  4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.  10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors–not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  17 and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Romans 8
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.  43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.  44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.  47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.  48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.  49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
1 Corinthians 15
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5

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