How We Die Daily and Become Whole in Christ
Updated: Oct 7, 2022
Right now you as a Christian are growing in the grace and mercy of God. Part of that maturing spiritually is accomplished when you initially accept Christ (your sins are forgiven) because Jesus has secured these gifts by His own energies and death. Then the Person of the Holy Spirit indwells you, bringing your Human Spirit into action so that Christ may reside in you.
2 Timothy 4:22: “The Lord be with your spirit.”
Genesis 2:7 says, “Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”
From that scripture we see “the dust of the ground” becomes the physical body and “a living soul” refers to the soul, the psychological part of a person (mind, emotion, and will). “The breath of life” refers to the third part of man, the human spirit. Proverbs 20:27 confirms this: “The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah.”
Simply put when we accept Christ the Holy Spirit comes in and activates our Human Spirit. This then is how God/Christ indwells us and sees our deepest inner selves, the self even we do not fully know. God desires to be in us. Our Christian life then begins with our Human Spirit.
John 3:6 says: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
John 3:6 The Message provides an interesting translation:
5-6 Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
From the moment we believe in God’s Son, Jesus, His Spirit enters our human spirit, and we are reborn or Born again! We’re born of God as we receive His divine, eternal life in our spirit, and we become His child.
So you see we must daily repent of our sins: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we do not repent in prayer daily, we then Christ will not enter our sinful temple.
Our human spirit is the unique place for God’s Spirit to enter us to make us His children, and it is also the place from which He goes on to fill our entire being.
So do you realize then that you should be acknowledging Christ and the Person of the Holy Spirit every morning? You do not get up and ignore your wife? So why do you ignore your God?
Paul cried out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). And if it weren’t for God’s grace toward us, our flesh would hold us enslaved (Romans 6:20; Ephesians 2:3).
Resisting the powerful demands of our weak flesh, the Bible describes it as a kind of dying (1 Peter 2:24). That’s because our deceived, corrupt flesh believes our life will be happier if we gratify it through material things, sinful sexual lusts and a million other things. Denying those lusts, those sins can feel like dying to something life-giving.
When we are following the Spirit’s direction, in dying to our flesh, we are dying only to what would destroy us, things like “sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness” (Colossians 3:5). That kind of dying is worth dying every day (1 Corinthians 15:31). For in such dying we choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19).
The Athanasian Creed says we are made of “rational soul and flesh,” meaning immaterial and a material.
These two dimensions of life were not designed to be separated but because of our sin and its consequences (Romans 6:23) the tragic result is that they are torn apart in death. The goal then of what Jesus purchased on the cross, and the great hope of the Christian faith, is not disembodied souls living in heaven after bodily death, but the resurrection of the body in the New heaven and New Earth.