Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Body, Soul and Spirit: Salvation and Perfection
A human being is made up of body, soul and spirit. (And of course, there are the aspects of mind and heart.) Your body cannot get born again (or born from above; salvation). It is of the earth (dust) and it will return to the earth after you leave this earthly realm. "Dust to dust." (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
It is your soul that gets born again. Your spirit (Job 32:8) cannot get born again because in actuality, your spirit is the still small voice within; the Inner Voice; the candle light or lamp of God within; the spirit of God the Father in you - that comes into you when you attain the age of accountability and make your first real moral decision; usually between the ages of 4 and 6. Your spirit is your Thought Adjuster.
Your spirit within you does the actual work of soul transformation from spiritual death to spiritual life (from death to life). This is why Jesus Christ taught us that we are born of water and of the spirit. This "spirit" is your spirit - the Father's spirit already in you; waiting for you - your soul to come home to the Father. The spirit transforms your soul in the spiritual water, fountain of life within.
Your real "you" is your soul. Hence, "the soul that sins, shall die". (Ezekiel 18:20a) Please, take note: it says, "the soul that sins" NOT "the spirit that sins". The spirit (your spirit) is God (or is as God) and cannot sin. Your spirit is the image of God in you and works in you to get you - your soul to become born again and very slowly but surely become perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect. You cannot attain the Father's perfection in one lifetime. However, one day, in the heavenly realms, YOU will!
At death (death of your physical body), your spirit returns back to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7) and will be reunited with your soul at resurrection and they will live in your new heavenly body. If you reject God's salvation the spirit does not return. And your soul shall surely die - eternal separation from God; spiritual death. The soul shall surely die if all attempts to salvage it fails. This soul death is the second death. (Revelation 20:14) The first death is the death of a body. The second death is the death of a soul.
And Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you." It's within you because of your spirit, the spirit of the Father, the still small voice that is already within you. You just need to connect to the spirit by faith.
Pastor Karo Akamune
The Christ Michael Center