(John 3:5-6) Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
Man is an eternal being, made in God’s image (see Genesis 1:27). In fact, the Bible says that you are a “god” (see John 10:34). The natural man does not have the Holy Spirit of God within him because of Adam’s transgression. Adam, by virtue of his disobedience, we inherited his sin- nature. Man born of a woman is a tripartite being consisting of body, soul and spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Let us examine these 3 components :
- THE BODY. This is your PHYSICAL component of being. It is flesh made from a collection of unremarkable mineral elements (but is mostly water) and is in harmony with the nature and the spirit of this world. It grows, matures, begins to deteriorate, eventually dies, and then decomposes back into its constituent elements and remains a part of the dust of the world. The body is a part of you but is NOT ALL of what defines who YOU are.
- THE SOUL. This is who YOU are; it is part of your SPIRITUAL component. This is your individuality, your “I AM” so to speak (made in God’s image), your “heart” . Although your individual soul did not exist before your mother and father procreated you, it will exist forever. When your flesh dies, your soul goes on living forever (Matthew 10:28), because you are a creature of eternity.
- THE SPIRIT. Every man, woman and child is born with a sin- nature (spirit) and a carnal mind that naturally is at enmity with the law of God (see Luke 9:55).
Dearly beloved, where your soul spends eternity after it departs is determined by your personal relationship with God. In order to be saved, your spirit must be reborn. The unsaved man or woman who have only the first birth are in eternal danger. Since the body and soul of the unsaved man or woman are bonded to the dead spirit of this present world, when this world’s physical elements and spiritual components (including “Death”) are cast into the lake of fire (see Revelation 20:13-15),those eternal souls, living or already dead, will perish with them. You cannot change yourself from this nature, but God can change you if you accept His Gift of Salvation by His Grace (see John 3:16).
MEDITATION: Where your soul spends eternity after it departs is determined by your personal relationship with God.
RM: Creatures Of Eternity
PRAYER: O Lord, help me to be dead to self and I claim the new life in Christ in Jesus Christ name. Amen.