This is companion post (1) to Chapter 5, “The Key to Experiencing Christ—Our Human Spirit,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.
“And the God of peace sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thes. 5:23
Have you sometimes struggled with trying to live the Christian life? Have you ever thought, “I know I’m saved, but why does Christ seem so far away from me? How can I experience Him regularly, even every day?” Chapter 5 shows us that unlocking the experience of Christ, who is now our life, requires a special key—our human spirit.
Many think the spirit and soul of a person are the same thing. But the Bible tells us clearly that our spirit and soul are two distinct parts of our being. It tells us that we have three parts—a spirit, a soul, and a body (1 Thes. 5:23)—for contacting three different realms.
- Our body with its five senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and feeling contacts the physical realm.
- Our soul, comprised of our emotion, mind, and will, contacts the psychological realm.
- Our human spirit contacts the spiritual realm.
This chapter gives us the critical understanding that we have a spirit and that we can contact God with our spirit. To experience Christ in a rich and full way, we must see this.
Key quote from the reading
Page 39: “God is Spirit, and we must worship Him in our spirit. We cannot worship or contact Him with the body or with the soul. Since God is Spirit, we must contact Him, worship Him, and fellowship with Him in our spirit and by our spirit.”
Did you already know you have a distinct part of your being that is separate from your soul, created to contact God? What experiences have you had or Scriptures have you read that caused you to consider what your spirit and soul are? Have you ever had an experience where your inner feelings about doing something seemed to conflict?