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THE COMPOSITION OF MAN

In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth.  He created light, the expanse, the land and sea, the vegetation, day and night, and the creatures.  And above all, He created man in His own image (Genesis1: 26, 27).  God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).

What is man made up?

1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself sanctify you through and through.  May your spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The composition of man is both the material and immaterial part of his being.  The body is the material part of man.  It comprises our blood, tissue and bone and organs, and the whole nervous system.  The soul and spirit of man is the immaterial part of his being.

What is the difference between soul and spirit?

The soul part of man is his mind, will, and emotions.  While the spirit part of man is his conscience, communication, and intuition.  Thus, in understanding the make-up of man, we can appreciate the Apostle Paul’s injunction about the sanctification of our total being, namely body, soul, and body.

What is vital to the sanctification of our total being?

The Bible says:  1 Corinthian 6:19, 20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price.  So, glorify God in your body.

The Holy Spirit is at work in and through our whole being.  Paul emphatically put it that our body, soul, and spirit be sanctified, and he kept blameless until the day of Jesus Christ.

Hence guarding our body, soul and spirit is crucial as we live our Christian lives.  But sin not only defiles our body, it also defiles our soul and spirit.  That is why Paul warns us about the body being defiled through sin.

Let us confess and repent from sin.

Father, I ask you to forgive me for my continual vulnerability to sin of [be specific].

I recognize my own part in choosing to sin in this way and ask you to set me free from the chains that have bound me to this sin.

In Jesus’ Name, I now turn from my sin.  I ask you Father to forgive me for all that is past.  Give me discernment to recognize temptation when it comes and strength to resist it.

Thank You that Jesus’ blood was shed that I might be clean.  Cleanse me now from all my uncleanness.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

By Pastor Titus Soo

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