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.
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.
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.