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God desires and intends that all those who have been born of His Spirit would then go on to live
spiritual and Spirit-filled lives. But according to my observation (and I'm pretty sure most of you
would agree) it appears that very few Christians live the kind of life they were saved to live. The
apostle Paul said, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). How many of us
can say this with a good conscience or even have a good understanding of what this really means? To
the saints at Corinth Paul wrote, "And I, brothers, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual men, but
as to fleshy, as to infants in Christ" (I Cor. 3:1). Although they had been sanctified in Christ Jesus and
were called saints (I Cor. 1:2), they were not living spiritual and Spirit-filled lives. How about us? First
John 2:6 says, "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He walked." Are we
walking as Jesus walked? What kind of walk did He have? John 8:28-29 says that He did nothing from
Himself and that He always did the things that were pleasing to His Father. Is it possible for us to live
such a life? The word of God commands that we do.

I write these things with no intention to bring condemnation, but with the hope of spiritual conviction
that would lead to a spiritual and Spirit-filled life. So how can we live this kind of life?

First, we must see that we are tripartite (I Thes. 5:23).

This means that God made us with three distinct parts: a body, a soul, and a spirit.

Second, it is crucial that we understand the condition of each part as children of God.

1. The body is called the body of sin and the body of death (Rom. 6:6, 7:24). Sin dwells in our mortal
bodies (Rom. 6:12; 7:17). Nothing good dwells in this body of flesh (Rom. 7:18). It is in need of
redemption (Rom. 8:23), and will one day be transfigured to be conformed to the body of God's glory
(Phil. 3:21).

2. The soul is the psychological part in which we think, choose, have and express emotion and moods,
get offended, criticize, judge, etc. It also has been damaged by sin and therefore needs to be renewed
and sanctified and fully transformed from one degree of glory to another by the Spirit of the Lord
(Rom. 12:2; I Thes. 5:23; II Cor. 3:18). It is called the old man which was crucified with Christ when
He died on the cross (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20).

3. The spirit is that which God created in us so that we could not only have fellowship with Him, but
even become one with Him (I Cor. 6:17). It is a lamp to contain the Lord who is light (Proverbs 20:27).
At the time of our initial salvation, it was our human spirit that was born of the Spirit of God (John
3:6). It is the place where the Spirit of God gives us the sure testimony that we are His children (Rom.
8:16). It is in this spirit that the only true worship takes place (John 4:23-
In summary, our spirit is the regenerated dwelling place of God, our soul is the crucified old man in
need of daily transformation, and our body is the dwelling place of sin that awaits its redeeming

Third, we must learn how to let the Spirit in our spirit become our dominating part.


I intend to clarify this matter in the forthcoming lessons.