Genesis 1:26: Let us make mankind in our image.
Image: tselem (Hebrew). A shade below, a phantom, resemblance, a figurative type.
What is God: A spirit (John 4:24)
Genesis 1:26: Let us make mankind in our image and after our likeness.
Likeness: demuwth (Hebrew). Resemblance, concretely, model, shape.
God made us in His image (spirit) and after His likeness (form, shape).
So you ARE a spirit who is living in a body. James says that when the spirit leaves the body, the body dies: James 2:26.
The Scriptures further describe the inner, ‘hidden man of the heart’, in Hebrews 4:12, stating that this inner man can be divided spirit from soul by the Word of God.
1 Thess. 5:23: I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord. Stating again that being made in God’s image, we are spirit, possessing a soul and living in a body.
We are looking at pronoun’s today. Remember those from English class in school…or maybe you didn’t study these.
Personal pronouns are: I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they.
Possessive pronouns are: mind, yours, his, ours, theirs.
What is my point in all this?
To give you another tool for rightly dividing the Word of God.
An example: Romans 12:1&2
I beseech you brethren, that you (personal pronoun, the REAL you, the spirit being) present your (possessive pronoun, showing something, an object that you own) body a living sacrifice which is your (again, ownership – this time of the quality of service to God) reasonable service, and do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your (again possessive pronoun showing ownership, this time of a mind) mind.
When I had someone really go through this verse and point out the difference in you and your, it opened the eyes of my understanding and I was able to understand portions of scripture that I hadn’t been able to see clearly before.
Here is one: Paul said, I serve God with my spirit in the gospel of his son (Romans 1:7).
We usually think of serving with our mind, emotions, will and body. But Paul went DEEPER. He said I serve God with my spirit, FIRST. Then the rest – soul and body – went along.
Notice 3 John 2: Beloved, I desire above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.
Again: you and your.
Another: ‘I keep my body and bring it under subjection’, 1 Cor. 9:27. Who is the ‘I’? The spirit. The spirit brings the body under subjection.
What are you? A spirit.
You possess a soul.
You live in a body.
This is something you need ongoing renewal in, reminders of.
In closing, one more statement. If you are a Christian, you – the real you, the spirit being – is a NEW CREATION THAT NEVER EXISTED BEFORE AND ALL THINGS IN YOU, THE NEW CREATION, ARE OF GOD. 2 Cor. 5:17
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