Man Was Created in God’s Class
Adam was created in the image and likeness of God – a spirit being.
Genesis 2:7 (AMP) – “…and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.”
By partaking of God’s nature, man became a child of God – created to live eternally.
High treason produced spiritual death.
Before the fall, man’s spirit ruled him.
After the fall, man’s spirit became subject to his senses.
Man Is a Spirit, He Has a Soul, He Lives in a Body
The soul is made up of the mind, will, emotions, and the reasoning faculties.
The body possesses the five senses which are the teachers and educators of the brain. The brain is dependent upon the five senses. The brain is the physical housing of the soul.
The body is the home of the “hidden man of the heart” or the “spirit.”
Man’s spiritual condition before receiving Jesus
Ephesians 2:2-3 (AMP) – “In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.”
The Spirit of Man
Within the spirit of man is the God-given ability to create.
Proverbs 20:27 – “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”
The spirit will guide us through a dark, sense-ruled world.
The spirit is to guide the reasoning faculties.
Man has been careful to feed his body and build it up, and to train the mind and make it efficient, but has left the spirit undeveloped.
Facts About the Spirit
Proverbs 15:4 – “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”
Words affect the spirit. The mind may cast them aside but the spirit absorbs them.
Proverbs 26:22 – “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”
Proverbs 15:13 – “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Proverbs 17:22 – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 18:14 – “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
The secret of divine life is to learn how to live in the spirit realm and keep the spirit fit so nothing can break or wound it.
How the Spirit Is Re-Created
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Ezekiel 36:26 – “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…”
A new man created after the image of God.
Ephesians 4:24 – “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
This new man receives God’s nature.
2 Peter 1:4 – “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature…”
This new man is made righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
This new man is given God’s love.
Romans 5:5 – “…because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The Holy Spirit recreated man through the Word.
Romans 10:9-10 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (v.9).
James 1:18 – “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
1 Peter 1:23 – “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Holy Spirit Is the Teacher of the Re-Created Spirit
John 14:16-17 – “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…for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
John 16:13 – “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth…”
The new man has received the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:30 – “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto
The Holy Spirit has been sent to reveal that wisdom.
Corinthians 2:7-16 – “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (v.10).
Wisdom comes to the spirit and then to the intellect.
Wisdom: the God-given ability to use knowledge.
Speaking in tongues will bring this wisdom forth.
Proverbs 18:4 – “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 – “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
The Holy Spirit will unveil the Word to the spirit so that it becomes a living thing in a person’s daily walk.
The Inward Man Is Renewed Day by Day
2 Corinthians 4:16 – “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
Ephesians 3:16 – “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”
THE RE-CREATION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
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