Summary: Sermon #1 of a two part sermon dealing with humans being made up of body, soul, and spirit, and explaining what God does for all three when a person is saved.

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Life in the Spirit #1

What are folks made of?

I Thessalonians 5:23

CHCC – December 4, 2011


Have you heard this old nursery rhyme:

What are little boys made of, made of?

What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails;

That's what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of, made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice and everything nice;

That's what little girls are made of.

That’s actually part of a longer --- 13 stanza --- poem that Robert Southby wrote in 1820 called, “What are Folks made of?” That’s what we’re going to talk about today. We’re going to talk about how the Bible answers the question - What are folks made of? (This sermon is more like a lesson than most of my sermons)

I Thessalonians 5:23 says, May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to scripture, folks are made of: Body, Soul, and Spirit.

I want to spend time examining this because it helps us understand what salvation means. When you read scripture with this construct in mind, it will help you understand more fully what changes when you place your trust in Jesus Christ.

We’ll start with the BODY:

1. Body

This is the obvious part of what folks are made of. The human body consists of flesh, bone, muscle, blood, organs, brain, neurons, chemicals, hormones, etc. I read that the body contains copper, zinc, cobalt, calcium, manganese, phosphates, iron, nickel and silicon. Genesis 2:7 says God formed man from the dust of the earth. For all other animals, God spoke them into existence, but God personally formed the human body.

The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus, your BODY becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. We know that God strengthens and heals the body. But salvation doesn’t mean your body is instantly transformed.

The body you brought to church this morning is a temporary dwelling. In fact, I read that --- if you’re over 30 --- your body has already started shrinking in height. Even more depressing - most people have lost 50% of their taste buds by the time they reach the age of 60!

Here’s the good news. Philippians 3:20 says that on that day, Jesus will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. These temporary bodies are going to be transformed into the perfect, eternal bodies … the kind of bodies Adam and Eve had before the fall. The kind of body that Jesus had after his resurrection! That’s what salvation means for the body.

But folks are made of much more than the physical body.

Human beings are made of both BODY and of SOUL.

2. Soul

While animals have “instinct” humans have “soul.” A scientist named Rich Deem said, Compared to our closest "relatives" in the animal kingdom, scientific research indicates that humans are unique on many fronts, including creativity, personality, abstract thinking, and moral judgment. (

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