Two Key Spiritual Truths

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

Before Bible hope can be restored, there are two key spiritual truths that must be fully comprehended. Jesus taught that there were things that could not be understood without first building a foundation.

The First Foundational Truth - God Cannot Lie

Ultimately, the key to regaining hope is anchored in the ability to believe God. Without this one key, there can never be hope. Without this one key, there can never be faith. Without this one key, there will never be true peace. Let me explain.

Relationships are built upon trust and our relationship with God is no different. When you trust someone, you could say that you have faith in them. When Jesus said in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God,” it could also be translated, “Trust God.” If we fully trust Him, that means we believe what He says.

Not only does the Bible say that God does not lie, but also it goes on to say it is impossible (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2). So as you find a promise from God, you can take it to the bank and deposit it. If you can believe it, it’s yours.

The Second Foundational Truth - You Are Spirit, Soul, and Body

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

You must understand that you are a three-part being: spirit, soul, and body. You also have a spiritual heart. Every disappointment and hurt in life is harbored in the soul and manifested in the body, but the solution is in the spirit. You cannot heal the heart and create hope by only using superficial psychology. That’s like putting a Band-Aid on a cancerous sore. It may cover up the problem, but it doesn’t solve it. A complete healing is not superficial, but is grounded in the spirit. Because of this, a full grasp of who you are must be understood.

In the New Testament spirit, soul, and body are three distinct, different Greek words—spirit (pneuma), soul (psuche), and body (soma). One way of saying it is this: you are a spirit, you live in a body, and you possess a soul.

You were created in the likeness and image of God. God is a three-part being—Father, the Word (Jesus), and Spirit (1 John 5:7). In the same way that it is impossible to understand God without understanding that He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (and that these three are one), it’s likewise impossible to understand who you are without knowing that you are a spirit, soul, and body.

Your spirit is the real you. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it is your spirit that is born again. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you become a new creation. The Spirit of God moves inside your spirit to live eternally.

Your soul is your mind, your will, your intellect, and your emotions. Your soul is where decisions are made on what you think and what you do. Your soul must decide whether to be led by the flesh or to be led by the spirit. Depending upon what your soul decides, your body will respond.

As a Christian, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Not only is your own spirit contained within your body, but the Holy Spirit also lives within your spirit. Your body, while on the earth, is not eternal and it will eventually die and decay. When your body dies, your spirit must depart (James 2:26).

The spirit of a Christian is born again and does not sin. However, the soul and the body are subject to their surroundings and the circumstances of life. Because the spirit of a Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of it, we must be led by the Spirit in order to walk in truth. We could say that our deliverance and restoration come from the inside (the Spirit of God) rather than the outside (the circumstances of life).

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