We are continuing this series on how to hear from God. In Part 1, we looked at the 3 parts of man which we will review because you need to distinguish the 3 parts of who you are. Today, we will explore further examples of our 3 part being in order to understand more about who we are, and how we operate as human beings so that we understand more how to hear from God.
1 Thessalonians 5: 22, 23: 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Berean
Sanctify – hagiazo – to purify and consecrate mentally; make holy and be holy
Spirit – pneuma – breathing being or human being;
John 4: 24: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” ESV
Worship – proskynéō – to make all necessary physical gestures of obeisance, or obeying.
Soul – psuche – rational and immortal soul; the affections and the will; the mind -> the mind, will and emotions; the root of the english word psyche, where we get the word psychology; deals with our distinct identity, individual personality
Romans 12: 2: 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Berean
Mind – nous – mind, reasoning faculty, intellect; God-given capacity for each person to think or reason; for the believer, your mind is the organ for receiving God’s thoughts.
Body – soma- body literally
Romans 8: 7: The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. NIV
Mind – phronema- thoughts; that which is in the mind; inner perspective with outward behavior
1 Corinthians 9: 26, 27: 26 Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. 27 No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. Berean
John 3: 1-7: 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Berean
Luke 16: 19-31: 19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ” NKJ