THE THREE PARTS OF MAN
In I Thessalonians 5:23 it states,
“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”.
We are made up of
spirit, soul, and body
. Discipline is necessary for all of “
” to become the very best in each of these three parts of who we are.
First of all, we deal with the spirit of man/woman. How do you discipline your
? The first step is for your spirit to be born again. Then, your spirit is disciplined by following the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John 14
“and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth….”
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. So, how do you know what truth is? You know truth by reading and studying the Word. Jesus wants us to crucify the flesh daily and be led by our spirit. When our spirits are in control, led by the Holy Spirit, we cannot fail. We do this by opening the ears of our
to listen to the guiding of Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth. Sounds simple, right? Well, it isn’t that simple, because we have to deal with the rest of “us”.
The second part is our
. Our body likes to tell us what to do. It tells us where to go, what to eat, what to wear, and what to do with our senses—taste, touch, and feel. Our body, also, must come under control of the Holy Spirit if it is to be set apart, or disciplined by Jesus. We are to deny our
(flesh) the things that are not good for it, and the temptations that will always be there. How do we do that? Once again, we do it by studying the Word and realizing what is good for us.
Then we have to deal with the rest of “us”, the
That one is the hardest, because it is made up of the mind, the will, and the emotions. The mind always wants to figure things out, the will wants to do things its way, and the emotions get upset when things don’t go its way. How do we control the soul? The same way as the body and the spirit. We have to put it under the discipline of the Holy Spirit in order to walk the right way. This takes discipline, which is not a bad word. It is a word that is necessary to become the person led by the Holy Spirit and controlled by God’s leading.
Easy? No, but it is possible, or Jesus would not have said to do it. Any child that is not disciplined becomes out of control, and any disciple of God’s that does not discipline themselves (in spirit, soul, and body) is also out of control. Learn discipline, and you learn how to live the victorious life of being Spirit-led and not self-led. Read some scripture daily and get a bible with a concordance so you can look up topics that you struggle with. Take time to meditate on the scriptures and let them feed your spirit. This will help you make the right choices when necessary. One step leads to another, and soon you are walking in total victory in spirit, soul and body.