Body Soul and Spirit

(Underlining verses in this study are the author’s emphasis.)

You consist of three parts Paul gives us the scripture.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s start with some simple definitions. Body:
The “vehicle” that carries you around. Paul likens it to a “house”

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

When you “kick the bucket”, you no longer need your old house. Matter of fact, as we grow older, most of us need a little work.

Soul: This is the real you.  If you could see your soul in a mirror, it would look very much like your body.  When the rich man in Luke 16 died, his body went in the grave, but his soul went to hell. His soul had all the functions of his body in a modified form.

Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  The soul does not have the same nerve endings the body has. That is evident by the rich man’s response. It is not a parable. If he had his physical body, his response would have been screams of terror.

Your soul is the part of you that you are most familiar with. It is the seat of your intellect, emotion and volition (will).

Those three elements make up who you are. You think with your mind, feel with your emotions, (often miss-called your "heart"), and take action with your volition. You collect data with your body,and process it with your mind. You add to that any emotions that may or may not agree with your mind, and then, based on all the data, choose a course of action or inaction. Let’s tune in on our rich man in Luke 16. He sees the beggar Lazarus outside his gate. He processes that data and decides to ignore Lazarus. His emotions may have, at least at first, prompted him to help Lazarus, but after many choices to ignore him, his emotions in conjunction with his conscience (a part of your functional spirit) rendered him unable to render compassion or assistance.

You will find your soul acting upon data your five senses give it. You will think, make decisions, display emotion, (anger, joy or gladness, sorrow, etc.) and make choices. There are a multitude of choices you make every day, from the time you crawl out of bed until you decide to get back in. Many of them will be based on personal comfort.  Most of them will be made on the basis of something you see, smell, or hear or feel. Hearing can produce joy or anger, bitterness or sweetness, despair or comfort. The scripture tells us that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It is interesting that God has made us to receive his word via the ear-gate, and also the eye-gate. The words hear imply a reception of data. When I explain a difficult concept to someone, I will ask them if they "see" it. Likewise, how many times have you "heard" God speaking to you in his written word?

Next there is your spirit. This is the part of you that got “born again” when you received Jesus as your Saviour.  Your body will be resurrected and redeemed, your soul was “regenerated” in other words, it was “saved”, but your spirit was born again. Jesus speaks of this to Nicodemus:

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Verse six makes it plain. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Your spirit was born again by the Holy Spirit of God.  Before that it was dead, functional, but dead toward God, and was controlled or strongly influenced by another spirit called the spirit of disobedience, Satan himself.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

A little explanation here; before your spirit was born again, it was considered dead by God. Since God is life, and your spirit had no connection to God, it was “dead”. But it was still functional. Now, God desires to guide you in your spirit. Before salvation the spirit of disobedience guided you, and co-operated with your flesh and your mind (body and soul) to fulfill unholy desires. Now you are born again. The Holy Spirit inhabits your quickened (made alive) spirit and you become one with the Lord…one spirit, giving you new desires.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

God is going to abide in your spirit, but He will need do some modification prior to his indwelling you. There are two verses of scripture which explain that modification. First off is:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We will refer to this verse again in our study.

Here we are told that the word of God, alive (quick) and powerful and is a sharp two-edged sword. That sword cuts your spirit away from your flesh and your soul. Why? Because your spirit is where God will abide, it has been “circumcised” - i.e. cut away from your soul and body.

Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Your spirit is cut apart from your flesh and soul so that God, who is a spirit can dwell there. That spirit is where your “heart” is.

Let’s look at a verse where the spirit and soul are together. In this verse you will find Jesus “perceiving” in his spirit, and making reference to the hearts of the scribes.

Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

The scribes were not born again; consequently Jesus speaks of their “reasoning” in their hearts. Review: Before you are saved, your Body, Soul and Spirit are a "unit". They are attached, but have separate functions. Sort of like your car. It has an engine, transmission and tires. All are necessary to its function. When you got saved, your spirit was separated from your body and soul, and was inhabited by God, who is holy. Your spirit is no longer attached to your soul, so your “heart” is now a part of your spirit. These verse will help with understanding this concept.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Now look how Jesus got into their hearts...it was by perception of his spirit. That is an important point to remember. It is one of the functions of a born-again spirit to perceive truth in our spirit. Until we learn this we will most likely discard any sense of spirit perception. As we become strong in spirit, we will begin to understand this function of the redeemed spirit and co-operate with it and the Holy Ghost in obedience to God’s will.

There is a battle between your flesh and your soul with your born again spirit. When you sin, a function of your spirit is conscience. You had a conscience before you got saved, but it gave up on you quickly because you ignored it so often. Now it has been renewed, and things that you could do with no dissenting conscience, you can no longer do without a check in your spirit. That is God himself dwelling in you. He lives in your spirit. He does not touch your soul or your flesh. He works in your spirit to overcome your flesh. In scripture, your flesh is the troublemaker. It is not the same as your body although it is difficult to explain the difference. Paul says about your flesh: 

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

It is important to note here that you can frustrate your renewed conscience just the same as you did your conscience in your “pre-Christian” days. Christians can ignore their renewed consciences just like they did their pre-Christ consciences. Ignoring the Holy Spirits gentle voice when making decisions about anything He has an interest in will result in a believer that genuinely loves God and Christ, but never hears from him in their spirits. The results are ineffective believers in a world heading for Hell, and Christians that make spiritual decisions about music, past-times, Television with ungodly programming, and life activities that may or may not be God’s will. It results in Churches with no spirit; organized “religion” with no life. The life of the Spirit in us is vital to worship! Jesus said himself when talking to the Samaritan woman:

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

We may worship him in truth, but not in spirit. He desires both. He is actively seeking such worshippers.

Paul says absolutely nothing good about our flesh. In the above verse (Rom.7:18) he makes sure you know that when he says "in me", he is referring to his "flesh". When we think "flesh", we think "body", because our bodies are encased in flesh. Listen as David talks about the body in a different sense:

Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Here David, whose spirit and soul acted in unison, praised God for his body. He is fearfully and wonderfully made! All our systems, Skeletal, Circulatory, Respiratory, our sight, hearing, brain and ability to reason and speak, all working together for years qualifies David’s praise!

So then how does God operate in our spirit? First off, in a still small voice. Sometimes God needs to get your attention in a “loud” way, but then will speak quietly in peace. Let’s check out Elijah.

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

We often make the same mistake that Naaman made. We are waiting for fireworks; God is waiting for us to be still.

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. If you are a Bible reader you know the “rest of the story”.

Now lest you become confused, these three parts of you continue to interact with each other all throughout your day. Your spirit is the “non-logical” part of you. You may sense the Holy Ghost prompting you to witness to someone. Your mind then takes that information and makes the decision to obey the impulse or to disobey. Your flesh will desire you to ignore God’s impulses. All of us have had the experience of knowing God wanted us to give out a tract, or witness to some soul, but we consciously reasoned our way to disobedience through some logical “loophole”. It was most likely fear of rejection, but we will try earnestly to cloak our fear and disobedience with some earthly excuse.  All of us have experienced being tempted, and knowing our decision to sin is sin itself, go ahead and do it. We struggle with what Paul illustrated as a battle between two “I’s”.

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

You now have a new creature living in your body. Your spirit, co-joined with Christ’s spirit, the Holy Ghost, will find you at war. Galatians speaks of it as a war between the flesh and the spirit. Your flesh is providing incentive for your soul to agree to sin.

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Many preachers constantly exhort their congregations to live clean and holy. Believers “come to the altar”, and “get right with God”, and I have no problem with that per-se. The problem lies with the fact that rarely does a preacher tell the congregation how to win the battle against the flesh. In many cases the pastor himself doesn’t know. We can “try” all we want to, but that won’t give us victory. Victory will come when we become strong in spirit.

So far: God saved your soul, “borned again” your spirit, cut your spirit away from your soul and flesh, and dwells in your spirit. It is from there he directs your life in conjunction with his word. God’s word will never conflict with your spirit. It will often conflict with your soul.  Your soul and flesh have been “in charge” for a long time. They will not easily cede control to Gods direction in your spirit.

Now let me give you some examples of God working in your spirit. You are in church, the preacher is preaching and something he says provokes a sensation in your spirit.  In other scriptures it is called your “heart”. You are coming under “conviction”, and God is using the preacher’s words as a vehicle to your spirit. You cannot convict yourself. You may know that you are doing wrong, confess the wrong, try to do better, but when God puts his finger on your “heart”, it’s time to do business with him. I alluded to this operation in the last paragraph. It is a good thing to do, but you get tired of having to deal with the same issue over and over and over. Is there no victory, no relief? God does get to your spirit during a convicting sermon. You may have “hit the altar” with tears and vowed to change, but soon the temporary victory is lost. When you learn to open your heart to him every day, ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit, you will grow strong and sensitive to his leading and gain victory in your life. If you cling to your soulish beliefs, your “Christian” rock music, your self motivated acts of charity, you will still love God, still enjoy being saved and be a loving wife, Faithful husband, love your kids and raise them to be without a spirit connection to God, because you refused such yourself. Yes. You can be a “good” Christian, and rarely if never have any real spiritual connection in your spirit with Christ. He speaks with a still small voice. “Turn down” the volume of your life and listen for Him!

I am a preacher. When I was sixteen years old, God called me to preach. I had no desire to preach, didn’t even think I was smart enough or capable, It was not even something I considered, but there was something inside that wouldn’t let go. It made no sense, and I finally went to my pastor and asked him what was going on. When he said that perhaps God was calling me to preach, a light bulb went off in my spirit, and I knew it was true.

There are times in your life when out of nowhere a prompting comes that moves you to some action. It may be to prayer for someone, it may be to call someone on the phone and offer encouragement; it might be prompting to go somewhere. Just obey! There are stories like the one I’m going to tell you here that could be a part of your experience with being filled with Gods spirit.

This is a true story. Some years ago, in Kannapolis North Carolina, a “several weeks” revival was taking place. People were being saved each evening and the presence of the Lord was strong. Even though the person I’m going to describe was unsaved, there was enough residual conscience left in her spirit (dead spirit) that God could use. She felt an unreasonable urge to just get in her car and drive. She was in Charlotte. She drove about thirty miles to Kannapolis and came within distance of the revival in its third week. Seeing the activity she parked her car, made her way into the seating area, listened to the preaching and was gloriously saved. Now that doesn’t happen every day, but if God could direct an unsaved woman, through a functional but “dead” spirit, how much more should we allow him to speak to us in that still small voice and direct our lives through impressions in our spirit, that actually bypass our thinking processes. Sometimes God will impress us to do things that defy logic. We should learn to obey. An old but wonderful song entitled “Yes Lord Yes”, states “when the Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree, and my answer will be yes lord yes.”

How is it that most believers never hear from the Holy Spirit? Could it be that we are living in apostate times, and these things are not being taught? Has the world substituted good things, to replace those things that are excellent?

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Now the question comes up, “how do I know if what I sense in my spirit is actually God?” The answer to that is that when you get saved, if you really get saved, you will have an immediate thirst for the Bible. As you grow in grace and knowledge you will be able to detect a counterfeit voice. There are counterfeit voices.

John 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

John 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Where do you hear his voice? In your spirit. You will be able to detect the voice of an impostor if you know His voice.

That old spirit of disobedience will show up and prompt you, but yes, you can tell the difference. There are also some safeguards.

Most of the time there will be no question it is God’s spirit prompting you. But sometimes it is wise to check. Folk do all sorts of things claiming they are doing God’s will.

So let’s lay down some safeguards. First is to genuinely and honestly want the truth, whether it goes against what you are feeling or not. If you are not being honest with God, then don’t expect to hear much from him. It is important that we bend our will to his will.

Then we judge impressions and prompts of the Holy Ghost by comparing the action to the Holy Bible.  Does the book have anything to say about this idea, this new doctrine, this prompting in your heart to go somewhere, do something? There are safeguards. It is easy to read some scripture, and become convinced that you have discovered something new, that others have been wrong about for “ages”. It is possible for this to happen, but you must be careful. False cults like the Jehovah’s witnesses started out with a couple of zealous fellows reading the Bible. There was no evidence that Rutherford or Russell were saved believers, nonetheless the warning is there for us all. Sometimes it is difficult to tell; then there are other safeguards.

Are you in subjection to any authority figures in your life? God puts us all under some authority. Sorry ladies, but if you are married you are to be in subjection to your husband. I know, some husbands make that very difficult, but to hear God’s voice you need to do your best in that arena. If you are a child, you need to be in subjection to your parents. If you are an employee, then you need to be in subjection to the employer, and prove that by being a good worker. If you are a husband, you need to be in subjection to God who instructs you to love your wife. Why all this talk about subjection? Very simple; if you cannot subject yourself to an earthly authority, why would God expect you to obey him? If you cannot obey him in areas where his will is clear, why would you think he would give you something else to do? So learn to submit “yourselves” to one another, and to those that are in authority over us. It will keep you out of the range of any other “voices” of spirits other than the Holy Spirit from speaking words of guidance or direction. Remember that Satan has ministers, dressed up as pastors, teaching the Bible, appearing as minsters of righteousness.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 

Now those three distinct parts of you are important.  For instance, you want to worship God if you are a believer. That is a function of your spirit.  Jesus spoke clearly in

John 4:24. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Since your soul is where your intellect, emotion and volition (will) dwell, If you are going to make a decision, you’ll make it in your soul (the real you). If you are gonna cry, your emotions got the best of you, that is a function of your soul.  If you are facing danger, and go bravely forward, your spirit is guiding you. Courage goes against common sense. Any unsaved person that exhibits courage in the face of danger acts from his/her spirit. It is dead to God, but functional.Your intellect will tell you that you might get hurt, your emotions will instill you with fear but your spirit will move you to go on. Courage is a function of the spirit. It moves you to action when your soul says “danger”.

I use these examples to introduce this interesting and important subject. Knowing what the functions of each part of this triune nature are, will help you immensely in getting victory over sin, in understanding true worship, and in knowing God. So let’s get started.

When you got born again, as we mentioned before, God, with his sharpe two-edged sword, performed a “circumcision” on you. He divided your spirit away from your “soul-body”. He did that so that he could dwell there. There is no connection then between your soul-body and your spirit. God is holy, so he carved out a “holy place” in you to dwell in. Now let’s look at some “types”.

Your spirit is represented in the Old Testament tabernacle by the Holy of Holies. It is where the High Priest met with God on the Day of Atonement.

Your spirit, which is born again, is now the abode of God in the person of his Holy Spirit.  If you are going to worship God, you will do it here. Your flesh can contribute nothing. It actually does not care to worship. Your soul will decide if you are going to worship, and your spirit will engage.

Let’s talk about your soul for a moment. Until you were born again, your spirit was dead. By that I mean it had no life in God. It was functional, but was cut off from God. So, before you got saved, your whole life was directed by your soul, with no real spiritual input, and a sin-cursed body. Of course your soul made decisions based on your fleshly desires, and your emotional needs and your need to be loved and accepted.

When your spirit was born again, your soul did not automatically change its mind about everything. If you gave up smoking and drinking immediately, you still did not get rid of pride, lust and evil desire, but now your born again spirit is in the mix, and the Holy Ghost has access to you soul and will begin the process of sanctification, which can take a lifetime if you’re not aware or un co-operative.

Many Christians love God with all their heart, attend church regularly, give of their time and money, and help others, but without knowing it, they are operating mainly from their soul.

Music: Rock, so called “Christian Rock”, Jazz, Country-Western, Reggae, Rap, Blues, Rhythm and Blues etc is "soul" music. It appeals to your flesh.  It does not please God. God tells you what kind of music is acceptable. Psalms, Hymns and spiritual songs are spiritual music, spoken of such by Paul when you are filled with the Holy Ghost. That does not mean that all music beside the Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs are wrong. The verse goes on to emphasize the melody. Where the melody is predominate, the music passes the test, where the rhythm is noticeable then the music becomes soulish and unacceptable. I don’t eat just “Christian food”, and don’t just listen to all Christian music. But the principals that govern what I listen to…That’s not my opinion, that’s the instruction of the Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;: 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Many believers know in their mind that certain things are good to do. Helping others can give them a good feeling, worshipping God can even bring them to tears, while the ‘rock music’ is beating out its fleshly rhythm, thinking about what Christ has done for them. The outstanding problem is that all of this is done as an operation of the soul.

You can see a need, and feel compassion for the person, and you make a decision based on that to help and that is good, but it is an action of the soul. It was initiated by you, in your mind, with emotional compassion”, but you most likely did not sense a genuine prompting in your spirit.

The actions of the soul in giving, etc. are not sin, nor are they wrong. They simply stop short of pleasing God because they were not acts motivated by his spirit.

There are the “submission” issues already spoken of, but the biggest thing is you are so used to operating this way it is difficult to change. This gracious, logical, “exercising of your gift” is not wrong, You simply miss great opportunities for God to direct your path to areas of ministry that you had no ideas about. Things that God himself, in the person of the Holy Ghost, operating in your spirit guides you in.

Now let’s switch gears and look at the Old Testament Tabernacle and now it is a picture of you!

The Old Testament Tabernacle had three sections. First was the outer court. It had definite borders and functions. They relate in type to your flesh. The brazen altar was the first thing someone encountered entering the outer court. The brazen altar pictures the suffering of Christ. You must accept its function and then move to the holy place.  In the holy place there is the table of showbread, the golden candlestick and the laver to wash in. In type the holy place relates to your soul. It is where you prepare to enter the holy of holies, which corresponds to your spirit. While you are in the “holy place” you eat see the shew bread, a picture of the word of God. It is always fresh, and shows that our Bible came to us through the Jewish race. Twelve loaves, arranged six by six or sixty six. Our Bible has sixty six books. All written by Jewish authors, and in the case of the Old Testament, quoted extensively by the son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus called himself the bread of life. He was called by God, the “word”

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

J
ohn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The holy place is where you find strength and sustenance through the word, you find illumination by the Golden Candlestick, and you find further cleansing at the laver. Now the veil between the holy place and the Holy of Holies has been rent apart, and you, fully prepared, can enter into that sacred place. There is no place on earth quite like it. It is where you can fellowship with Him. It is where he will meet with you. In your spirit.

The filling with and walk in the light of God’s world, and the guidance of his Holy Spirit are crucial. To obey the Holy Ghost will sometimes seem totally radical and unnecessary. He will sometimes prompt you to do things that could potentially embarrass you. He might ask you to stand up in church and testify to his goodness. Oh goodness, I couldn’t do thaaaatttt!  My church doesn’t do stuff like that. That may be just the problem He wants you to begin correcting. Could you if he asked? How would I know it was Him?? Pretty simple; Satan would never ask you to rock the boat. Now that’s just an example. One preacher in a meeting of preachers that were singing “I’ll fly away” got a prompting to walk around in the front of the church waving his arms like he was flying. He did it, and the meeting broke loose, everyone relaxed and several of the “never do anything out of the ordinary” brethren got the “spirit” and did the same. I know, that’s crazy, but that’s how the Holy Ghost operates sometimes. Paul says about this phenomena:

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

May we all seek him and discover the riches of meeting God is the holy place of our born again spirit. May we learn to make choices as he shows us how and where to walk. May we learn to bend our will to his, and may we find purpose in bringing others to faith in him as Lord and Saviour.