The lie Adam bit into in the beginning still rings in our ears. The serpent said, “You will surely not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” We have been deceived by this line of thinking for so long we simply cannot just believe God. This whole trip about “Good” and “Evil” was never God’s intention. That is entirely the wrong tree, and we have to stop thinking in those terms.
When Adam ate of that tree he died in his spirit. Of course he continued to live in the natural for quite a while longer, but in his spirit he no longer had a connection with God. This is why Jesus tells Nicodemus and us we must be born again. We must be born of the Spirit of God or we cannot see the kingdom. While we are dead in our spirits trying to do good and avoid evil God sees us as dead so he sends his son to save us. Jesus didn’t come here to make bad people good he came to make dead people live.
When Adam sinned in eating the forbidden fruit he became outwardly conscious. He started living from his body desires and cravings and his soulish thoughts and emotions. God’s intention all along is for our human spirit to be joined to his Holy Spirit. He is to call the shots from within us. In the fall our spirit became disconnected from him therefore we began to be led around by the outer parts of our being. We became ruled by our thoughts, emotions and body cravings. How we feel becomes the way we make decisions.
I’m convinced more everyday most Christians are being confused and defeated because they do not discern between their soul and spirit. Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” So here we read it is the Word of God that shows us the difference between soul and spirit. We must learn to tell the difference between our spirit (Where we are joined to the Holy Spirit) and our soul (where we find our emotions and intellect).
When someone lives in their soul/body rather than their spirit they are never going to be settled. God wants us to know him and his ways. The problem on our side of things is that we have to go through a severe enough shaking before we find that solid ground. We have to become fully convinced we, in ourselves, are unable to accomplish what God expects of us. For most of us it isn’t until all the props are knocked out from under us that we will really see that God is God and we are not.
Once we are born again our spirit is reborn, or resurrected from the dead shall I say, and we are made whole in Christ. That doesn’t automatically fix us on our soul/body level though. This is why the Bible tells us we have to have our minds (soul) renewed. Even though our spirit has been resurrected our thoughts have to be retrained.
Let me sum this up with a quote from Watchman Nee. He said, “The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil uplifts the human soul and suppresses the spirit.” “Before regeneration the soul of man is in control of his spirit while his own “self” rules his soul and his passion governs his body. Soul has become the life of the body. At regeneration man receives God’s own life into his spirit and is born of God. As a consequence, the Holy Spirit now rules man’s spirit which in turn is equipped to regain control over the soul and, through the soul, to govern his body. Because the Holy Spirit becomes the life of man’s spirit, the latter becomes the life of man’s whole being. The spirit, soul and body are restored to God’s original intention in every born again person.”
Written by Louie