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1 Thessalonians 5:23 English Standard Version
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole
spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Paul the Apostle defines man as being a trichotomy. He dealt with each part of the trichotomy throughout
his epistles and the part each played in the whole. We now look into the part called Soul (psuché).Our will, emotions and mind.
While it isn’t more important than the spirit it certainly
plays a more active role in the affairs of man.The way you think of GOD. What you think about GOD and how you respond
to GOD is controlled by the soul. Your spiritual interaction with GOD is either
enhanced or hindered by the soul.
Romans 12:2And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This is Paul’s admonishment to continue to pursue
righteousness after being born again. The conditioning of one’s mental state is
vital to showing outwardly what has occurred inwardly. Men everywhere are
declaring they are followers of Christ but the fruit they bear says otherwise.
Romans 1:18For the wrath
of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Whether it be a nation or an individual, to ignore GOD and
His word will bring down the wrath of GOD upon them. This is the promise of GOD
and doesn’t require faith to cause it to happen. People often put their toe in
the water to see if it is hot enough to burn them. In the same way they try a
little sin to see if GOD’s wrath will fall not realizing that in this period of
grace GOD may delay his wrath for a short while allowing people to repent of
their evil but know it can fall at any moment.
Titus 2:12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation
to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live
sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.
Conformity to what the ungodly declare to be righteousness
puts you in the same category as them. The task set before us is to see
everything as GOD sees it and act accordingly. The philosophy that drives the
way you think and act must be derived from the word that God has caused to be
spoken and written. Whether it has been written by the finger of GOD as in the
Ten Commandments or by men moved by the Holy Spirit.
The necessity of reading and studying the bible and the
submitting yourself to its commands can’t be overstated for only then can you
be led by the Spirit of GOD. The yielding of the heart of the believer to the
will of GOD outlined in the Bible is the foundation of successful living as a