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Spiritual Anatomy

How we were meant to function

then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Genesis 2:7

SPIRIT

נְשָׁמָה | nĕshamah: breath, spirit, wind

πνεῦμα | pneuma: spirit, breath, wind

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James 2:26

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

John 3:8

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

John 20:22

SOUL

נֶפֶשׁ | nephesh: soul, life

ψυχή | psychē: soul, life

The soul who sins shall die.

Ezekiel 18:20

These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob—fourteen [persons] in all.

Genesis 46:22

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

THE FALL

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Gen 2:17

Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—" therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden...

Lest they eat and live forever

Genesis 3:22-23

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Romans 7:24

HOW JESUS CHANGED EVERYTHING

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins ... even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Ephesians 2:1,5

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

Colossians 2:13

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:21

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:3-4 version 1

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made. What was made in him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:3-4 version 2

Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:45

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Romans 8:10

and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5

THE TIME OF CHOICE

in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:4-6

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:16-26

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:12-27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:1

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:8

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Romans 13:14

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 Christ.

1 Thess 5:23

PRACTICALS TO GROW SPIRITUALLY
  1. PRAYER
  2. M&M’s
    1. MEMORIZATION
    2. MEDITATION
  3. UNDERSTAND: FLESH CANNOT BE REFORMED
QUESTIONS
  1. In what areas might I be walking according to the Spirit and putting to death the deeds of the flesh?
  2. In what areas am I doing the opposite?
  3. Am I practicing prayer and the M&Ms enough?

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