Spirit, Soul, and Body of Man
( The Dimensions of Man )
This web page is to some extent a very
condensed and modified adaptation of a booklet entitled "The Threefold
Nature of Man" written by Kenneth E. Hagin [KEH] in 1973, second edition.
The complete booklet is available from: www.rhema.org
|God, Christ, Holy Spirit
The spirit is the part of man that knows God. (Through our spirit, we come to know God.)
With the spirit we contact the spiritual realm.
Our spirit "talks" to us. Saved or unsaved, we call it conscience, guidance, intuition, hunches.
If we will learn to listen, God, and the Holy Spirit will "talk" to us in the same way, through our spirit.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Your spirit is the real you. In the
Bible, Paul uses the terms "my spirit" and "I" interchangeably.
There can be all kinds of doubts in our
(soul's) mind, but we can believe in our heart/spirit.
|It is the spirit of man that contacts
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Ezekiel was prophesying concerning the
new birth in Eze 36:26-27.
We will have a new body one day, but we
have the new life right now.
God's nature is love. Therefore,
if a man is born again, he will be filled with God's love.
After being born again (saved) and baptized
in water; in a later, separate event, the Holy Spirit will come to dwell
in us as Comforter, Helper, and Guide.
||The "Soul of man." The
dimension of man which deals with the mental realm.
Man's intellect. Man's sensibilities and will.
The part that reasons and thinks. Our mind.
Our beliefs and faiths are conclusions reached by our soul. We decide what we believe.
Your soul can't be seen, but can be felt. Your soul includes your emotions.
Most people function primarily out of their
soulish realm, believing what they think and feel is reality.
If you're dominated by what you feel, your soul is agreeing with the natural realm. "I feel sick and my body hurts. The doctor said I'm dying. Here's my medical record to prove it!" Your soul can choose to block or ignore information that could be flowing from your spirit. You're saying "Something's just not real if it can't be perceived through my five natural senses, or does not comply with known worldly limitations and constraints."
When your soul agrees with your spirit, the life of God in you will manifest itself in your physical body. You'll experience healing, deliverance, anointing, victory, power, joy, prosperity, etc. Once your soul believes God's promises, then His promise becomes "reality" to you, even before you physically have or experience it, because you know God keeps His promises.
[ Note: A few sentences above have been adapted from a book entitled "Spirit, Soul & Body" written by Andrew Wommack [AW] in 2005. The complete book is available from: www.awmi.net ]
|We are to do something with our minds:
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to
this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will
Our minds are renewed by two methods: (1) feeding upon God's Word (in the Bible) in our own private study and meditation; and (2) being taught by Spirit-anointed teachers.
We want to make our belief in God's Word
more than just mental assent.
Real faith is acting on God's word.
Faith sees the object of prayer as already having been attained.
(Faith says, "The word of God (the Bible) says it, I believe it, and I
have it now," even though it may not be seen in the natural. Faith
says, "I have it now --, not because I can see it, not because I actually
possess it, but because God promised it.")
||The "Body of man." The
dimension of man which deals with the physical realm.
The body/house in which we live. This body/house resides in the natural, physical world.
The body is the outward man.
With the physical body we contact the world (the physical realm).
Man, at physical death, leaves his body. But we will have a new body when Christ returns.
|We are to do something with our bodies:
Rom 12:1 ... present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
God expects us to have control over our
bodies, and not let them dominate us.
||Living in the natural, physical world as we do, it is difficult to realize that the spirit world is far more real (real for eternity), than this natural world.|