THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: GOD’S PROMISES FULFILLED

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: GOD’S PROMISES FULFILLED

As we learnt in “The Man Christ Jesus; The Message”, the whole message of the scriptures points back to Christ. And so that must mean every promise given is a picture of Christ.

We see God make promises to people in the old testament. Each promise in the old testament speaks of the promise to send the Messiah; Jesus Christ. And in turn, the fulfilment of every promise spoke of the fulfilment of even the prophecies concerning the Messiah. For example, Genesis 21:1 says:

“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.”

The fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah to give them a child, even in their old age, was a picture of the faithfulness of God to keep His word regardless of the hopelessness of the natural situation. (Genesis 17; 16 -21 and 18:9-15).

In the old testament, we see numerous examples of God keeping His promises to His people – and because of this they could have faith for the Messiah – even though they did not physically see Him. The whole of Hebrews 11 gives us numerous examples of faith actions in the old testament that were counted as righteousness and belief for the Messiah. And it shows that the faith which we act out – in obedience to God’s word and instructions, speaks of the faith which we have for His promises of salvation and redemption – That Christ is indeed all He promises to be.  

In the new testament, Christ has come. The promise of a Saviour is fulfilled. The man Christ Jesus is THE promise of God fulfilled as well as the fulfilment of every promise. In Christ – in the fulfilment of the promise of a saviour, there are manifold promises which cascade unto all those who believe.

Ephesians 1:3 says;

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,”

These promises are all fulfilled IN CHRIST. God has blessed us IN CHRIST. In our belief that Jesus is indeed our saviour, we have access to a host of spiritual blessings which we did not previously have access to. In Christ our spirit is saved and we have access once again to the blessings God intended for us to have – the Holy Spirit, promises of peace, healing, grace upon grace, favour, righteousness before the Father, redemption from our fallen state, and so much more.

Perhaps the most important is the promise of forgiveness of sins. Jeremiah prophesied saying:

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:34)

 

God was saying their sins He will remember no more! But we know that this was only a promise fulfilled in Christ Jesus. The book of Hebrews explains that before Christ’s sacrifice, there was still a remembrance of sin despite the sacrifice of bulls and goats being offered.

“But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb. 10: 2-3)

But talking about the sacrifice of Christ, He says:

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified.” (Heb. 10: 12 – 14)

Hallelujah! He offered one sacrifice for sins for ever! Now, God doesn’t remember our sins because of the man Christ Jesus. Because of His sacrifice for sins.

Every promise of God is redemptive. Redeeming us to what He initially planned and predestined us to be (Ephesians 2:10).This is why Christ is the fulfilment of every promise because He is our Redeemer – the same way Boaz was a kinsman redeemer to Ruth – restoring to her what she had lost, Christ is our redeemer, restoring to us all that the devil aimed to kill, steal and destroy in our lives. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice, paying fully for our sin which separated us from God, and allowed us to be righteous once again in the eyes of the Father. He makes us new creatures.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says;

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”

So everything that would be Christs’ – as the son of God, would be ours IN CHRIST. Every promise to the people of God would be ours IN CHRIST. Because in Him we are once again God’s people.

Jeremiah also prophesied:

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer. 31:33 ESV)

Peter, writing to the gentiles (to us), informs us that this promise has been fulfilled in Christ:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a[special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”(1 Pet. 2:9 AMP)

“Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:10 AMP)

In fact, we are not just His people, we are Sons of God. Glory!

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God…”(1 John 3:2 KJV)

Scripture goes further to state something that is mind-blowing;

“For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Cor. 1: 20 KJV)

The message translation of the bible states it like this:

“Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident” (2 Cor. 1: 20 – 21)

The version above calls Christ Jesus, the great Amen. Amen means so shall it be or let it be so or I strongly agree. We can look into Christ and find God saying “yes” to us who believe for all His promises. All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ. This should be a joy and rejoicing of heart for us! He is the Yes and Amen to all of God’s promises to us who believe. Have you looked through the Old Covenant, and seen any of God’s promise to us His people? 1 Cor. 1: 20 says we should rejoice, it is fulfilled in the Man Christ Jesus.

 

***Special thanks to Wuraola Fanimokun for helping out to co-write and edit this article***

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: THE MESSAGE

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: THE MESSAGE

Thank you once again for taking time to read through this article, it is my prayer that as you read, the eyes of your understanding be enlightened.

So in the last article, we considered The Man Christ Jesus: The Express Image. Today, we consider Christ Jesus as being the message the Church has been asked to preach and teach. We take a cue from the Apostles, in their epistles and the book of Acts.

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1: 27 – 28)

Notice the bolded text whom we preach, that’s the message. It is Christ we preach. Whom! Not it! We don’t preach riches, fame or business empowerment or change of levels, we preach Christ! We show Him to the world and expound Him to the Church.

The Apostles were very particular about this one message, that everywhere they went, that was the only message preached. Christ and His redemptive work! Paul speaking to the Corinthian Church said:

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with Excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2: 1 – 2)

It was just that message, Christ! Paul had only one message, The Man Christ Jesus. Wouldn’t it have been beautiful to be in the Churches where Paul preached? And to listen as he unravelled Christ to us?

Paul speaking further said:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness” (1 Cor. 1:23)

We preach Christ! That’s the message. That was the message, today that is the message and that will be the message. Of course we will get better in the communication of our faith as we grow and the scriptures are opened to us more and more by the Holy Spirit, but the message never changes. It will still be Christ Jesus.

Look at Peter’s message in Acts 2 and Acts 4, Philip’s message to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 and everywhere they had the opportunity to speak, their message was simple, Christ Jesus! who He is and what He did! That’s our message.

See Philip’s message here:

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:12)

Paul and Silas also:

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31)

Scripture also says this:

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20)

We are ambassadors for Christ! Christ Jesus. We speak for Him! We preach Christ Jesus! We don’t preach any other thing. That’s the one message the Church (You and Me) has been given.

The Message of the scriptures both in the old and new testaments was about one man, Christ. Though the old presented Him in shadows and types, while the new expressly described Him. And that is the same message, we have been asked to preach. The message is Christ Jesus. Jesus after His death said this:

“Then Jesus said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to trust and believe in everything that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and [only then to] enter His glory? Then beginning with Moses and [throughout] all the [writings of the] prophets, He explained and interpreted for them the things referring to Himself [found] in all the Scriptures” [Luke 24: 24 – 27 AMP]

In the scenario above, He explained Himself out of the writings of Moses and the Prophets because they were all about Him. Here also He says, the scriptures testify of Me. I am the message in the scriptures and in Me is eternal life.

“You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about me;” [John 5:39]

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;” (Eph. 2:20)

We are being built on the foundation of the apostles, we preach Christ only.

Make sure to check out HAGIAZO 2019, our Conference where we will only be expounding Christ as the Beginning (Col. 1:18).

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THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: The Express Image

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: The Express Image

Today, I am excited to be able to share God’s word with you once again. Our topic here is about a well-known Man, known not just to Believers but to unbelievers alike who probably do not believe Him to be the Son of God, that He indeed is, and maybe do not believe in the redemptive work He did.

Scripture describes him as the Express Image of the Father. He is the very accurate description of God. Jesus Himself said:

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18)

Jesus said I am in the bosom of the Father, I have a very detailed description of the Father that no man has ever given. He was saying, no matter how highly rated the description of the Father the prophets have given before this time, it is nowhere as accurate as the one I am presenting to you. And we can understand this because we see such an intimate relationship between Him and the Father. John 1 gives us an insight into the relationship between Jesus (the Word) and the Father before His incarnation.

“In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Hallelujah! The Word was God. This same Word that was God was then made flesh and dwelt among us. God was made flesh and we can see Him clearly through Christ. We can checkmate any personality of God earlier described in scriptures by if we find it in Christ. If not, it doesn’t describe the Father.

Even during His earthly sojourn, Christ (the Word made flesh) revealed even further that He was in such close union with the Father.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise” (John 5:19)

In-fact, simply to describe the relationship, He said We are One.

“I and my Father are one” (John 10:30)

The Writer of Hebrews tells us that God who in yester-years had been speaking to us through the prophets, is now speaking to us through His first begotten Son, Christ Jesus.

“God who at Sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…” (Heb. 1: 1 – 3)

The word express above is defined as to “convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct”. That is, Christ Jesus is God (His person) and revealed/conveyed to us (as a message) through words, gestures and conduct. That means to know who God truly is, in an accurate way, we must consider the words of Christ, His actions and conducts. The Amplified Bible magnifies verse 3 of Hebrews 1 better as:

“The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence”

The Exact Representation! I Love that. The Message Bible says “This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature”. Now here is where we have to be careful of the representation of the Father we carry around or believe or take to be true. No matter how beautiful the description Moses, Elijah, Elisha, David presents to us, we check if it agrees with the Exact Representation, Christ (in His words, acts and conducts), why? None of them have seen God (John 1:18), but the Son has seen Him (completely) and declared Him! Glory!

I will conclude this article by giving some instances where Christ gave us a better description of the Father than the prophets did. We see Elijah calling down fire on his enemies in 2 Kings 1:9 – 15.

“And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and fifty” vs 10

Above is a representation of the Father that Elijah presented to us, as a God that kills His enemies by fire and maybe by brimstone if need be. Christ, the exact representation of the Father said NO, the father is not like that. In Luke 9: 53 – 56, some people resisted Christ from entering into a village of the Samaritans, His disciples told Him to do likewise, He said No! That’s not the accurate description of the Father.

“And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did? But he turned, and rebuked them…and they went to another village” (Luke 9: 54 – 56). That’s the accurate description. The Father is Love. Paul expatiate this for us:

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shall heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans 12:20)

Another instance we see is 1 Kings 22: 19 – 23, where we see a picture of the Father as someone taking counsel to do evil. No! Jesus didn’t show that. Peter said,

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” (1 Pet. 2:22)

No evil! He has no capacity to do evil, He wouldn’t take counsel to do evil.

In Matthew 5: 27 – 39, the express image (Christ) corrects another notion of what the Father wants from us when we are wronged. “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense]” (John 5:38 AMP)

“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate-maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise]” (John 5:39 AMP)

He was simply saying that’s not the correct image and person of the Father, and here is the better one. Now, we see the Father clearly, through Christ! The veil is removed only in Christ.

“But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which is done away in Christ” (2 cor. 3:14)

Today, I encourage us to make sure that everything of the Father we believe and hold true is according to what His accurate and perfect representation declared Him to be. Every other representation that doesn’t agree with that is inaccurate and should be treated False.

 

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OUR FAITH PROFESSION

OUR FAITH PROFESSION

OUR FAITH PROFESSION

Last time, I shared about forgiving and forbearing one another especially in our local assemblies. This week let’s look at something a bit different but definitely towards equipping us for the work of the ministry. Three scriptures, Heb. 3:1, Heb. 4:14, Heb. 10:23.

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (Heb. 3:1)

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (Heb. 4:14)

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)  (Heb. 10:23)

Notice in all the verses above, the scriptures are bringing us to keep the profession of our faith. Heb. 3:1 tells us we have a faith profession, we have a High Priest over this profession, this High Priest is Jesus Christ. Google defines the word profession as a paid occupation especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification. (Synonyms are career, occupation etc.). It also defines Profession as an act of declaring that one has a particular feeling or quality, especially when this is not the case (Synonyms are declaration, affirmation etc.)

I want us to see the use of the word profession in the above verses beyond the verbal declaration but as an occupation, as the first definition explains. Our Faith Profession. The Christian faith is a profession not a hobby or what we do to relax or feel good in the midst of our peers. No! It is a profession, our life depends on it. It is that serious. In fact it is our calling. We were called to this profession. We were called to live the faith life. Our life depends on it. It’s our major pre-occupation. Heb. 4:14 and Heb. 10:23 tell us how we handle our faith profession, it says we should HOLD FAST.

In the first definition provided it explains that a profession requires PROLONGED TRAINING and A FORMAL QUALIFICATION. In the faith profession, our qualification is our salvation, that’s where we receive the calling into this noble profession, our PROLONGED TRAINING is to search scriptures. Heb. 3:1 and Heb. 4:14 tells us how we get better; by considering Christ Jesus. We search scriptures to get better.

“You search and keep on searching and examining the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about me; (John 5:39 AMP)

We search the scriptures not because they qualify us for eternal life but to learn more about Jesus but to learn more about Jesus to be able to better testify of Him (Philemon 1:6). As we search and know more of Him, we get better at our faith profession and we can be more like Him. The church is a bible school to learn and get better at our faith profession. We need to get serious, we have a job to do.

Philemon 1:6 also says something similar. It says we will get better in professing our faith as we continue to learn of all the good things Christ has worked in us.

“That the sharing (communication) of our faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings to search out a matter. (Prov. 25:2)

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Rev. 1:6)

God qualified us as a King to search out Christ in the scriptures. Our honour is in searching out Christ in scriptures. That’s the honour code of our profession. Brethren we have a job to do. We are not to be tossed around by every wind of doctrine. Let’s spend time in fellowship with the Spirit, in listening, to be taught scriptures. We as believers should take care so we do not become lazy. That’s not accepted in this profession. We search out Christ in the scriptures and follow him accordingly.

See this also;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6)

He did not just make your pastor a minister of the new covenant, he made you and me, a minister of the new covenant. And we are to;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2)

The scriptures even encourage us further that the mysteries of the kingdom HAVE BEEN given to us to know. (Luke 8:10, 1 Cor. 2: 10 – 14)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written the just shall live by faith (Rom. 1: 16 – 17)

As we search the scriptures, one thing we see more and more is the righteousness of God. We keep unravelling this free gift of righteousness that we have received. We discover that God is righteous in saving the sinner as long as he comes through Christ, we see more and more that God is righteous in keeping the saint saved eternally. We see that God’s way of making people right with Him begins and ends in faith in Christ. And we move from faith to faith as we progress and get better at our profession.

Are you dutiful in your faith profession?

 

Written by Samson Afolabi

 

Understanding Salvation: The Body

Understanding Salvation: The Body

Today, we consider the last and final part of our series on Understanding Salvation, we consider the body. But first I would like to share a scripture;

“His glory is great in your salvation: honour and majesty have you laid upon him (Psalm 21:5)”

This scripture shows us the beauty of man at the completion of God’s salvation plan. His glory is great, honour and majesty are upon him. I believe God has this picture of Man in mind in this work of salvation. I also believe that the work of salvation is to restore Man back to God’s original plan and intent. What then should be our reaction? Appreciate Him for the salvation of our spirit, agree and work with Him on the salvation of our souls and believe what He says about the salvation of our body.

Just as we earlier established, Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body. His body gives him the ability to relate and communicate with the physical world. He needs his body to relate with the earth. As such his body is an important part of him just as his soul and spirit are. As we earlier stated the salvation of the spirit is done, the salvation of the soul is ongoing, but the salvation of the body as we have it now is a promise. It’s yet to be done.

From the beginning (Gen. 1 – 3), the body was without sickness and disease. We saw that sickness and disease came after the fall of Man. I believe that sickness is a manifestation of the death we acquired from Adam. In fact, plants, where most of our drugs come from today, were initially given for food not drugs or medicine.

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” (Gen. 1: 29 NIV)

Paul describing God’s salvation plan in 1 Cor. 15:35 – 58, says our perishable bodies will be raised as imperishable. Our mortal bodies will be given immortality. He further says, our bodies although sown in dishonour will be raised in glory, sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body but is raised a spiritual body. And then we will have fully conquered death in all three segments of Man, then the saying that has been written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15: 54 – 56)

What a glory our bodies will inherit when it is renewed. Right now, we do not have the words to describe this, but we know that when we meet Him (Jesus), we shall be like Him (1 John 3:2). Our bodies will no longer be subject to death, or be weak or be frail as it presently is. And that is why, even as a believer you can be sick. It does not imply that the salvation of the spirit is not done or that of the soul is not on going. But it is worthy of note that, God doesn’t tempt or discipline us with sickness and disease.

But, before the salvation of the soul is achieved, the Lord has redeemed us from sicknesses and diseases (death). In fact, he wants us to be in perfect health (3 John 1:2). Read my article on “What does God say about your healthhere. or through the link(https://wordofaletheia.org/fellowship/what-does-god-say-about-your-health/) .Peter, through the holy-spirit writes:

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Pet. 2: 24)

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)

He bought our health with His blood. He paid for our sicknesses and weaknesses. Notice he didn’t say, we would be healed, he says we were already healed (Past tense). If you believe this, you will see the manifestation of this in your body.

What then should we do? Scriptures help us understand that our bodies are the temple of the Most High, to be kept holy and sacred for Him. (1 Cor. 6:19). It was bought with a price, when we were redeemed. I believe this includes not using our bodies for sinful purposes; fornication, adultery etc. I also believe that this includes keeping our bodies clean and healthy. Being dirty, eating unhealthy or being lackadaisical about our health is not a godly habit. God instructed the priest to keep the tabernacle clean. If God was to dwell there, it was to be kept clean and healthy, as it is often said that “Cleanliness is next to godliness”.

In Conclusion, God’s salvation plan for Man brings glory to Man. It restores Man back to God’s original intent and makes Man to be like God in spirit, soul and body.

Remember to contact me, if you have any questions about any of the Parts 1, 2 and 3.

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Written by Samson Afolabi

Understanding Salvation: The Soul

Understanding Salvation: The Soul

ULast time, we discussed the fall of man (Gen. 1 – 3), how Man’s spirit died and this in-turn corrupted his soul and transferred death to his body. This week, we consider the salvation of the soul. As we established in the previous article, Man is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body.

Before we begin it is important to explain what exactly the soul pertains to. The soul is the seat of Man’s intellect; the mind, it’s the place where he makes decisions. Scripture refers to the soul in a number of ways as we will explore today but it is clear that the soul is precious to God and the breath of God makes Man a “living soul”. The soul encompasses the essence of Man, i.e. it is our very being, and it can be living or dead as expressed in the state of our body. Scriptures often refer to the soul using the words heart, mind, emotions, will.

Scripture says:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov. 4:23 NIV)

Everything you do, flows from it. Yes! Everything! So if the soul, or let me say the mind is sound, correct, pure the actions produced from a person, would be sound, correct and pure. And if Man needs to be saved, not only does his spirit need to be regenerated, his corrupted mind needs to be renewed. Let’s see how Man was in the beginning.

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;” vs 21

“And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Vs 22

“And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Vs 23

In Gen. 2:21 – 23 above, we see the state of mind of Man before the fall. He was so in tune with God that even though he was asleep when God took the rib, and formed woman, immediately he saw her, he knew. Adam had a sound mind. He didn’t take eve to be one of the animals. There was no fear, nor worry in his mind. Fast-forward to after the fall, here is scripture’s description of Man:

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5)

We can rightly conclude that at the fall Man inherited the nature of the devil, his soul – was now contrary to God’s nature. His mind was corrupted. He was no longer capable of producing godly thoughts. Even much later scripture says:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)

The heart is desperately wicked. And yes, we see several acts of wickedness by men in scriptures, starting from Cain killing his brother, to many actions of jealousy- leading to death, greed, pride, discontentment, lies, lawlessness and several others. Even today, our society is full of crime and violence which are manifestations of the wicked and corrupt state of the heart of man.

Man became a corrupt program, behaving in the direct opposite of God’s intended purpose. There is an adage that says “the day a mad man knows he is mad, that’s the day he gets healed”.  I think God applied this adage first. He introduced the Law; the Law was intended to act as a Mirror; Keeping instructions and demanding strict obedience which Man could not keep because of his weak state, so Man could see that he was sick and needed help in the coming of Christ.  

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; (1 Tim. 1: 9 – 10)

Unlike the salvation of the spirit, the salvation of the soul doesn’t happen at once, it’s a continuous and deliberate activity. In-fact, I believe everything about the Christian walk is geared towards this; the restoring of the soul by the renewal of the mind.

“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Heb. 10:39)

The use of the word “saving” indicates that the salvation of the soul is continuous. Changing us from who we were to who God wants us to be. You know, if you change the mind, you change the person.

That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4: 22 – 24)

And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2)

As we engage in spiritual activities, listening to sermons, meditating on scriptures, praying (in tongues), our mind is being renewed, restored, refreshed. We become a new person. We take on the new nature of our spirit. Continuous fellowship with the spirit, makes our soul inherit the nature of the spirit. Our soul can then learn love (the nature of God). We can love the brethren, our families and most importantly love the Lord. Our soul then produces godly fruit through this fellowship manifesting in love, peace, joy, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance etc. (Eph. 5: 22 – 23). And then it can be said of us

“God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7)

“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied” (1 Pet. 1:2)

I believe the scripture above describes both the salvation of the spirit (sanctification of the spirit) and the salvation of the soul (unto obedience). We were saved unto obedience. Obedience is key to the renewal of our minds. We must be ready to obey every word of the scriptures. As we do so we strengthen our walk with the spirit. If we must renew our minds, we must study the scriptures carefully, understand it thoroughly and obey it completely.

Next time, we’ll consider the salvation of the body.

Be a doer.

I Call You Blessed

Samson Afolabi