It says in the Bible that we are made up of spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23).
Without spirit we would be dead. It is a living part of our innermost being.
Body and soul communicate with us: “I am hungry”, “I am confused” – the spirit cannot tell us about its condition. God has created it and by reading the Bible, which itself is spirit, we can find out more about the spirit.
What does the Bible say about the spirit?
Because Adam once did not obey God, his human spirit was separated from God’s spirit. As Adam's descendants, we all have a godless, sinful spirit.
Only it changes somewhat when we are born again.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are born again. At this moment an incredible miracle occurs:
Our dead, godless spirit is removed and exchanged for a new, pure spirit.
At the same time, God’s Holy Spirit comes into our heart and becomes one with ours. He seals our spirit in such a way that it is never infected with sin ever again.
When we sin, that no longer has anything to do with our new spirit – forever.
Change in the body and the soul
The body remains the same. It is not exchanged until we come to God. But God wants to change our soul. Whether this happens is solely down to us.
Change in Greek is “metamorphosis”: a complete transformation – like that of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Our thoughts are the key to this.
In Romans 12:2 it says we are to learn to think in a new way. In this way we are transformed.
The Holy Spirit in us produces constant love, joy, peace, patience, friendliness, goodness, loyalty, consideration and self-control. This is God’s character.
However, only when we change our thoughts does this flow into our soul and thus into our feelings.
How do we change our thoughts?
We must believe in God’s Word. It sounds so simple and yet is not easy. We must read God’s Word and believe in it. Our mind understands the words in the Bible and our soul agrees with them.
The supernatural stream of God flows from the spirit into the soul. We have to trust God in every aspect of our lives more than our own senses.
This will change us conclusively.