Same Body, Same Mind, New Spirit

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

When I was born again at age seven, deep within me, my spirit became new. Old things passed away, all things became new (2 Corinthians 5:17). I was new and the same old Larry was not inside.

But when I got out of bed the next morning, my mom didn't say to me, "Who are you, kid? I don't recognize you." No, she fed me breakfast just like she did every day. Why? Because my body was still the same. My body didn't change.

When I went in to get my bowl of cereal that next morning, I knew what my mom meant when she said, "Hand me the box of Wheaties out of the cabinet." I knew what was going on. My brain was not cleared or wiped clean from all my previous memories during the night. I knew where everything was; I knew how to put on my clothes; I knew how to talk. I had the same brain.

What changed? My spirit changed, which is the real me. My spirit changed and became new, but my body and mind were still the same.

We are three-part beings. We are spirits that will live forever. Saved or lost, we will exist forever. I am a spirit that has a soul (which is my mind, my will, my emotions, and my intellect) and I live in a body. When I got saved, the spirit man who had been in control of me passed away, and a brand new, God-begotten spirit was born in me. I became a new creation in Christ.

The spirit within us does not sin; it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). It is renewed daily by the Lord. “Even though our outward man (our body) is perishing, yet the inward man (our spirit) is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Regardless of how our bodies or our minds may sin, we have the Spirit of God residing within us. When we sin like we did before we were saved, it doesn't feel right anymore because our spirit man is who we really are and our spirit man is trying to get through to our soul realm and to our body.

God says we must renew our minds daily. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). Other scriptures also talk about how we need to renew the mind through the daily washing of the mind by the Word (Ephesians 4:23; Ephesians 5:26). As Christians, we need to be brainwashed: we need our brains washed with the Word daily. We still have the same mind and still remember things that have happened. I remember collecting baseball cards as a kid. I have the same brain, but I am renewing it daily through the washing of the Word. But the spirit is renewed daily by God.

Our spirit is being renewed, that's a fact. We must understand we are righteous because our real existence, the real us — our inward man — has been born again and will live forever. However, the body we are in right now is not going to live forever, although it will be renewed someday. It is our spirit man that will live forever and is incorruptible. The old things have passed away, all things have become new.

Devotion 0663