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Summary: This sermon helps the believer understand they have a spirit, soul and body

THE THREE PART NATURE OF MAN PT2

If you would please turn to - 1 Thess. 5:23

Today I would like to talk about again

The makeup of a man – the three part nature of a man

–the spirit, soul and the body

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 As I had discussed at one point in my Christian walk –

 I really only saw myself as a 1 part man.

 I didn’t know that I had a spirit soul and body

But when I became born again

I clearly saw there was something more

than the single dimension that I had lived in

Then I came across this scripture in 1st Thessalonians that says… …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)

23 And 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.

The 3 parts of a man’s nature is this:

(1) Spirit - The part of man which deals with the spiritual realm.

The part of man that God has redeemed.

(2) Soul – The part of man which deals with the mental realm.

Man’s intellect.

His sen¬sibilities and will.

The part that reasons and thinks.

(3) Body - The part of man which deals with the physical realm.

The house in which we live.

So as I did last week –

(1) I want you to begin thinking of yourself in a new light.

(2) Don’t think of yourself as just a physical being.

(3) Think of yourself as a spirit being who possesses a soul and lives in a body.

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MANS FIRST PART (DIMENSION – FACET) – IS THE SPIRIT

 Man is a spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a body.

 Man’s spirit is that part of him that knows God.

Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria,

(John 4 :24)

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth".

 It is through our spirit that we come to know God.

 So we know that God is a Spirit.

Last week we looked at a scripture in Ezekiel chapter 36

Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV)

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Ezekiel was prophesying ---- concerning the new birth.

 When a man is born again,

 the spirit (which is the real man)

 He is born again and the old man is gone.

T.T. 2 Corinthians 5:17

The old hard, stony heart is gone.

He is a new creature ---- You are borne again!!

Paul said in II Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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If you would please turn to Romans 12:1

Next I would like to look at..

MAN’S SECOND DIMENSION - THE SOUL

We will now look more closely

into the second part of --- man’s three-fold nature -- - the soul.

As I stated earlier, the soul is the intellect. ----

(1) It is man’s sensibilities and will.

(2) It is the part of man that reasons and thinks.

(3) It deals with the mental realm.

In Romans 12:1

we see in Paul’s teachings that we are to do something with our bodies.

Romans 12

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

In the very next verse

Paul goes on to say something about the mind, which is man’s intellect, or his soul.

He said that we are to do something with our mind also.

2And 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 of God.

 Paul was writing here to believers.

 He was not writing to people of the world.

 He was writing to born-again, Spirit-filled Christians.

Yet their Chris¬tian experience had not affected their bodies or their minds.

• He told them that they were going to have to do something with their bodies and thier minds.

Here is a interesting matter…..

God isn’t going to do anything with our body or our mind.

God contacts our spirit.

> We contact God with our spirit,

 and our spirit (the inward man, the hidden man of the heart)

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