Photo Illustration by Tracey Lewis

I never get tired of talking about spirit, soul and body. This is a subject that can be talked about every week. It’s something that we know, but to live it and understand it is entirely different. 1 Thess. 5:23 states we are 3 parts, spirit, soul and body. Hebrews 4:12 says, “for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The soul, joints and thoughts all change, they fluctuate, they are moveable. They are supposed to move, it’s good they move. Our soul is our intellect in which we learn something new every day, that’s a good thing. Our joints help us to sit, walk, and run this is also a good thing. Then we have our thoughts, which come and go, and we can’t keep up with our thoughts, some are good, some are terrible.

Now, let’s look at the spirit, which is fixed, it’s the core of our being and it doesn’t move. It’s not supposed to move, it abides where the life is. Like the marrow of the bone, it is deep down, in the core of our being, where you can’t see it but it’s the foundation. The word of God is a discerner of thoughts and intentions of the heart. Intents are stable, deep and only God judges the heart.

Soul (fluctuates)                                             Spirit (fixed)

Joints (move)                                                Marrow (life, deep)

Thoughts (come and go)                           Intentions (purposeful)

Feelings are good, but they are ever changing and may not give us the whole picture. It’s not always how things really are. It’s like the ocean with its waves crashing and the winds blowing, but when you go deep down into the water that is where it’s quiet and calm. Our Spirit is like that when we are born again. Our spirit is joined to the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:17 says, “He who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” Isn’t that great? We may have a storm going on around us, but we can be safe and at rest in our union with the Spirit of God.

In Matt 26 we discover Jesus was stressed and grieved in His soul just before He went to the cross. He went to the Father in prayer 3 times, and finally he proclaimed not my will but your will be done. Often we are tempted to believe the storm around us, but that’s when we learn to live in the Spirit. Jesus is all we have because He is all we need. I got a big amen when the ladies in jail heard this. They understand what it’s like to get caught up in the drama that seems to be swirling around them most of the time. Now maybe they will realize Jesus came to give them peace even in the midst of the chaos.

Written by Tracey


6 thoughts on “TRIPARTITE

  1. Well said! When I was younger and someone would tell me, “all you need is Jesus” I’d ask, “how does that work?’ Most of the time I’d get either,”when you get older you’ll understand” or,”uhhh…” Well, thats exactly how that works and its that simple!

    One time Mr. B was upset about our youth and some verbal exchange was in progress and in the middle of some negative Randall Fuller stood up and said, “I’m standing behind and in support of our youth because they are the only youth we got”. Very similar situations and carried further: we are the children of God; when we come to that moment to realize all we need is God, we are starting our spiritual youth…well, just like Randall Fuller, God is going to stand behind and in support of us because we’re all the youth He’s Got.

    Jesus is all we have because thats all we need and He gave ALL so our need could be met…


  2. I loved the reference to I Corinthians 6:17 in light of your chart above. I got so blessed reading this this morning. It really flowed with what I was reading last night. That’s how the spirit works.

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