Triple Dedication

Man is a three part being. Paul knew this. In fact, in I Thessalonians 5:23, he indicates that he is praying for them (and us): “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.” This verse reminds us that we are spirit, soul and body. As mentioned in an earlier article, “spirit” gives God consciousness, “soul” gives us self consciousness and “body” gives us world consciousness. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our previously “dead” spirit is made alive to God once more. The Holy Spirit brings God’s life into our spirit. Our “soul” has to do with our mind, emotions and will. Our “body” makes it possible to function in this world. Here’s the “kicker:” God has a legitimate claim on our whole being, if we are born again: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (which is) in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20-See also Romans 12:1). Paul declared that he wanted God to set us apart (sanctify us) completely. He also wanted us to be securely and entirely blameless. The whole concept of discipleship calls for us to be disciplined in our whole being. God willing, we’ll look at each part of ourselves and wrestle with the will of God for each part. In the second stanza of, “Love Lifted Me,” James Rowe spoke of the commitment that we are to make: “All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling, in His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing. Love so mighty and so true merits my soul’s best songs; faithful loving service, too, to Him belongs.” Selah! If we are His, we want Him to guide, control and purify our lives, so that we can reflect His splendor!    Ron

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