As the young lion stares into the still pool of water, his companion boldly speaks, “remember who you are!!” This scene from the movie “The Lion King” has produced a profound effect in my mind. As we take step after step in this thing that we call “life”, many times we seem to get more and more absorbed in the cares and troubles of the times in which we are living. When we stop and take inventory of our true, real life accomplishments we may find that we have questions as to the importance of it all. Every person eventually comes to a point in life when they truly desire to let the “main thing” be the “main thing.”
Whether we realize it or not, we all have a deep desire to know who we really are, and why we are here. We may begin in a place where life is clearly simple, but as everyday experiences continually wash upon the shore of our lives we seem to be pushed, unaware, into an environment that is only a shadow of happiness and safety. Then comes the moment when we gaze into the still waters, and are lovingly encouraged by the Spirit of God, “remember who you are!”
The bible is your mirror, or still pool of water. When you honestly look into that mirror you will see not only who you were created to be, but more importantly who you are in the eyes, thoughts, and heart of God. You are His prize creation; you are made in His image and likeness; you are deeply loved; and He has prepared the way for you to experience all of these realities.
I have found that in order to understand the truth of how and why God sees me as all of those things, it was necessary for me to understand who I am as a human being. More exactly, what is my human make-up? In the Bible there are several scriptures that describe the human creation.
Paul speaking to the church of the Thessalonians writes the following:
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From this it is clear that, as a human person, I am made of three individual parts that without doubt all rely on and work together. The “wholeness” that the Word of God is referring to is the spirit, the soul, and the body.
Then in the book of Hebrews the writer states that the Word of God, being alive and active, is able to divide or separate the soul from the spirit.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Clearly these two verses state that there must be a difference between each of these three components of the human composition and each has some effect on the entirety of human life. It has been my experience that in order to understand the bible and the good news contained within it, I must understand this concept. Without an over abundance of words I will quickly explain each part, with a more detailed teaching in future posts.
Your spirit is the part of this awesome system of the human being that is created to provide “the breath of life” to the soul for eternity…
Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
…and life to the body for as long as it remains a part of the body.
James 2:26 (KJV)
26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
The human spirit is a gift of God that has the ability to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This spirit of every man is originally conjoined with the soul as one unit that is separated from God by the sin nature. At the time a person makes a deliberate choice to believe and accept the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, this spirit becomes re-created by God and separated from the un-renewed soul. At the point of this re-creation, the Holy Spirit of God moves into that human spirit with all of His completeness, and totally seals that living spirit from any impurity. That re-created spirit, filled with the life of God and purchased by Jesus will dwell for eternity in the presence of the Father-God. The type of life that it now contains is the spiritual type of life that is synonymous with the life that is God’s very own.
The soul of man consists of several things: the mind (the conscious and the non-conscious), the will, the feelings and the emotions. This part of man is in complete control of every person’s thoughts and actions. Every decision that we make is generated in the soul and influenced by our daily experiences; what we constantly meditate or think about and what we choose to accept as truth, whether it be the Word of God or the wisdom of man.
This should need very little explanation because we all are very aware of our own bodies. In short, our body is a container for our eternal spirit and soul. The body allows us to exist in this earth realm similar to the way that an astronaut uses a space suit to walk on the moon. It was created to only respond to the direction of the soul (according to what is truth in the newly created spirit and/or the un-renewed system of beliefs, in the heart), and to provide feedback to them so that life decisions can be made and carried out.
In summary, when we understand that when the bible speaks about the perfection of the believer…
Hebrews 10:14 (KJV)
14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
…it is referring to the perfection of the re-created spirit. When the bible says that each person is responsible for “renewing their mind,” it is speaking of changing the soul, step by step until it becomes more and more like the re-created spirit. It is extremely necessary to understand this concept in order to look into the still water of the Word and get an accurate picture of who you were “made” to be as a believer in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah.
When the moment comes for you to acknowledge the “main thing,” seize the opportunity! The goodness and loving mercy of God is in the water of His Word and waiting for you to step in. It is then that He will immerse you into His Spirit and change not only your life, but also the lives of those you love.