Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
Genesis 1:26 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
I’ve recently been working on some fun and life-changing challenges for this blog. As many of you have seen, I recently called you all to partner with me in speaking what God thinks about us in the Speak it to Change it Challenge. Then on August 1st, I’m releasing a challenge going a step further about renewing our minds. (You can see more about that down further into this post!)
But when working on both of these, I realized we may need to go back and look at a few principles that will help give us clarity as we dive deeper.
What role do our minds play in the grand scheme of who we are? What are the other components that make us up? And how do those correspond to the 3 parts of God?
Three-Part Beings Created in the Image of God
God modeled us after His own image (Genesis 1:27). Since He has three parts (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), He also gave us three parts: our spirit, our, soul, and our 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 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
I understand that different translations may use different words for soul & spirit throughout the Word. But the important thing is understanding we have 3 specific parts that make us up, just like the One who created us. Because we were made in His image.
By realizing that, we can better understand each of our own elements and how they correspond to one another.
Your Spirit & His
Your spirit is the part of you that was brought to life when you said “yes” to Jesus and were perfected by His finished work (via the cross and resurrection). One piece of you had to be made completely spotless for the Holy Spirit to come live within you. And this is it! Who we are in the spirit is all the things we were created to be–the absolutely blameless portion of us that will live on forever.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:6 (NKJV)
Our spirits were given life through His Spirit. In that sense, while our bodies were born from someone else’s body, God’s Spirit gave birth to our spirits when we were “born again.”
Your Soul & His
So often, we intertwine and interchange the words “spirit” and “soul,” but they truly are two different things. Our soul can also be referred to as our mind, will, and emotions. This is the part of us between our spirits and bodies. It acts kind of like a valve. When our thoughts line up with the truth of God’s Spirit within us, it affects change that we can see on the outside either in our bodies or in the world around us.
That’s why renewing our minds is so important! It transforms us from the inside out.
If you’re struggling with renewing your mind, I’ve recently created a 30-Day Soul Detox Challenge (like I was talking about above). You can find more info on it here:
So which part of God controls His mind, will, and emotions? This one’s not as straight forward.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
John 4:34 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:38 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
The mastermind of creation? The Father. The One who’s will extends to the rest of the Godhead? The Father. The One who’s love manifested itself into the body of His Son? The Father.
We see then, that the Father works like the “soul” of God. He’s the director. Jesus proclaimed He only did what He saw the Father doing. So what does that say about the power of our minds in directing us?Our minds are the great directors of our lives. Align them with the Truth, and watch how everything else changes.Click To Tweet
Your Body & His
Of course, most of us know what makes up our body. It’s the tangible materials that make us up.
The body that walked the Earth and was broken for us on the cross before being resurrected to life again is Jesus Christ. He is the body of the Godhead. As believers, we are IN Him and take His place on this Earth, which is why WE are then referred to as the body of Christ.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…
Colossians 2:9 (NKJV)
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NKJV)
And since His body was broken for ours, He took all sickness and disease into Himself. This means we have access to healing in our physical bodies through Him.
(Yes, I am one of those people who believe in supernatural healing.)
So we see then how our spirit, soul, and body were literally modeled after the parts of God.
What other questions do you have about how they intertwine and relate to one another? Is this something you would be interested in learning more about through a Bible study? Drop a comment below or send me a private email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know!
Until next time,
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