From Spirit, Soul & Body book- by Andrew Wommack:
This book by Brother Andrew brings to light few more fundamental truths of the word, which is dealt very well in this book- namely the Triune man, who is made in the image of the Triune God…
In your spirit, you’ve got the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Eph. 1:18-20). However, it’s possible to have this power and never manifest it. If your soul, like a valve, stays closed to this truth, you won’t experience it. Without opening the valve by renewing your mind to God’s Word, the eternal reality in your spirit won’t be able to impact the temporal “reality” of your physical realm. All that resurrection life and power just stays locked up inside until you look into the spiritual mirror long enough to see the real you and release it!
You could actually die with all of the power that raised Jesus from the dead sitting untapped within you. It would be like dying of thirst while leaning against a well full of life-giving water! If you’re dominated by what you feel, your soul is agreeing with the natural realm. “I feel sick and my body hurts. The doctor said I’m dying. Here’s my medical record to prove it!” Even though you have the resurrection life of God in your spirit, your soul can keep it shut off so that not one drop of life-giving power ever touches your physical body.
You can experience depression, anger, and bitterness all the while possessing God’s love, joy, and peace in your spirit (Gal. 5:22). Since this applies to every area of your life, can you see how pivotal your soul is?
Your body doesn’t really control anything. It just goes with the flow of what it sees, tastes, hears, smells, and feels unless otherwise influenced by the soul. It’s amoral—neither good nor bad. Left to itself, your body just reacts to and goes along with what’s happening in the physical realm.
When your soul agrees with your spirit, the life of God in you will manifest itself in your physical body. You’ll experience healing, deliverance, anointing, victory, power, joy, prosperity— on and on it goes!
Since most Christians don’t have a working knowledge of spirit, soul, and body, they’re dominated by what they can see, taste, hear, smell, and feel instead of God’s Word. The flow of life within stays turned off because they don’t believe anything they can’t see. Neither do they understand the change that happened in their born-again spirits, nor are they fully aware of who they are in Christ. To them, something’s just not real if it can’t be perceived though their five natural senses. Attempting to be “honest,” they search their physical, emotional, and mental realms for God’s power. If they can’t perceive it, then they must not have it.
However, the truth is that old things passed away, and all things became new in your spirit the moment you were born again. Now, everything you’ll ever need in your Christian life is already there. Just renew your mind and release it!
This truth revolutionized my life! I had experienced God’s power and reality, but when the emotion of it wore off, I thought they were gone. I knew God and everything He promised was real, but 1 thought I had to try to get Him to give me things. Due to my wrong thinking, 1 went through a period of discouragement, frustration, and desperation—not from sin but from a sincere desire to live for Him and experience His best. I felt like no matter how hard I tried, I could never get there. Then I started to see that God had already given me everything in my born-again spirit. As this revelation dawned on me, I realized that I just needed to release it. This simple understanding changed everything!
Since then, I’ve recognized that the Christian life isn’t a process of “getting from God.” Instead, it’s a process of renewing my mind and learning to release what I’ve already received. It’s much easier to release something I’ve already got than to go get something I don’t yet have!
This erroneous concept of trying to get something you don’t yet have carries within it an element of doubt. You see a promise in the Word concerning healing, joy, victory, power, provision, or whatever, and since you know God loves His children and keeps His promises, you start heading toward that, “believing God.” You know it’s possible—even promised—but since you can’t perceive it yet in your mental, emotional, or physical realms, you don’t believe it’s already been done. In your mind, God’s promise isn’t a “reality” until you physically have it.
“I’ve Already Got It!”
My wife and I went through a period of extreme poverty when we were just starting out in full-time ministry. After coming home from Vietnam and getting married, I pastored a small church in Segoville, Texas. Every penny we had went toward paying the bills. We were so poor that sometimes we even went without food for a week or two!
During this time, my Bible kept falling apart. The pages had mildewed from Vietnam’s humidity, and Ed written on them quite a bit. Despite my efforts to tape it together, entire chapters— even books—were gone. There I was pastoring a church with a beat-up, incomplete Bible!
Since we didn’t have the money available to just go buy a new one, I decided to make an issue out of it. “How can I believe God to minister salvation, heal the sick, cast out devils, and change people’s lives if I can’t believe Him to supply me with enough extra money to purchase a Bible?” 1 drew my line in the sand and declared, “I’m going to win this fight or die trying!”
The devil took me up on it and the battle raged. Thoughts of fear and unbelief bombarded my mind. Some man of God you are! You don’t even have a whole Bible. You can’t even believe God for a book! Some pastor you are—failure! I fought those thoughts constantly for six whole months!
Finally, 1 got the money and bought my new Bible. After having my name engraved on it, I victoriously paraded out of that bookstore carrying my trophy under my arm. All those negative thoughts left instantly. Once I had it, 1 never doubted that I’d get my Bible again!
“Of course not, Andrew, you already had it. Why would you doubt something you’ve already got?” My point exactly! God placed everything you’ll ever need inside your born-again spirit. Once you believe you’ve already got it, doubt is eliminated!
You aren’t trying to get saved, you were saved! You aren’t in the process of being born again, you were born again! When you confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your spirit instantly changed. In your spirit, you are brand new and complete. God has already given you everything you need. The rest of your Christian life isn’t learning how to get from Him but rather discovering how to release what He’s already placed within!
Under One-Third Complete in chapter 3 beginning:
Most Christians believe God can do anything but experience very little. Now that they’ve been born again, they know they have access to the Lord. They believe that God can release His power in answer to prayer, but whether something comes to pass or not depends on their performance (i.e., being holy, speaking right, studying the Word, tithing, avoiding strife, etc.). This view short-circuits God’s power because their focus is on what they need to do instead of what Christ has already done. It’s not His power these Christians doubt but rather His willingness to use it on their behalf. They think God’s power is out there somewhere, and they must do things in order to obtain it!
The truth is, when you were born again, God put His power, anointing, victory, joy, peace—everything—in you in abundance. The only reason they aren’t manifest in your soul and body is your unrenewed mind. It’s not that God didn’t give it but that you’re still looking at the physical realm instead of His spiritual mirror.
One-third of your salvation is already complete! Right now, your spirit is as saved, sanctified, holy, and empowered as it will ever be throughout all eternity. Someday you’ll receive a new body and a new soul to match up with your new spirit.
In chapter 4, under Engine or Caboose?
Feelings should be the caboose not the engine. They were designed to follow what you think, not lead the way. When you let the caboose act like the engine in your life, you’ll find yourself either going nowhere or heading straight for a train wreck! For a believer, this should not be!
The Spiritual Approach
“But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye 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 ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:20-24).
Renew your mind to the Word, and put on the new man! Ephesians 4:24 plainly reveals that your born-again spirit—the new man—was created after God in righteousness and true holiness. You need to recognize and acknowledge your true self in God’s mirror. Right now in your spirit, you are righteous and holy!
At times, you might think, I’m getting holier, but in reality, you’re just referring to your actions in the physical realm. The degree of holiness you live outwardly may vary, but the nature of your born-again spirit is righteousness and true holiness.
That’s why you must worship Him in spirit and truth! “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Your spirit is the part of you that completely changed. Old things passed away. All things became new. You cannot approach God unless you come to Him through the righteousness and true holiness of who you are in the spirit.
You aren’t worthy to come into His presence based on the righteousness and holiness of your thoughts and actions. Even at your best, you still fall short of doing everything you should. Even when you’ve been seeking the Lord wholeheartedly, you still have negative and impure thoughts in your mind. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never measure up to God’s perfection through your own efforts in the physical, emotional, and mental realms.
How then does God in His holiness fellowship with you if even at your best, you still fall short of His standards? He communes with you Spirit to spirit! You became a brand-new creature who is now righteous and holy. In your born-again spirit, you’re as pure as Christ is because His righteousness has been given to you. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us…righteousness” (1 Cor. 1:30). Jesus Himself literally became your righteousness!
From Rags to Righteousness!
It’s inaccurate for a New Testament believer to confess “All of my righteousness is as filthy rags!” (Is. 64:6). You either have to be talking about your own self-righteousness, which you aren’t supposed to approach Him with anyway, or be totally ignorant of the fact that you’ve been made righteous in your spirit with Christ’s righteousness. Calling Jesus’ righteousness—which you received at salvation—a filthy rag is an affront against God and His Word!
Isaiah 64:6 (filthy rags) was valid in the Old Testament because no one was born again; they didn’t have new spirits. Regardless of how good they lived in their physical and soulish realms, they still sinned and came short of the glory of God. All of us have (Rom. 3:23). But now that you’re born again, one-third of your being is completely righteous.
Unlike your spirit, your body and soul are in process. Until you’re with Jesus in glory, they don’t “arrive”—they just leave and head in that direction. Your physical, emotional, and mental realms will always need improvement, but your spirit is complete.
Since God is a Spirit, He looks at you Spirit to spirit (John 4:24). This is why you must worship Him in spirit and truth. You must come before Him in your spirit because it’s the only part of you that’s been created in righteousness and true holiness. God can only accept you based on who you are in your born-again spirit. That’s why the new birth is so essential!
Anyone who hasn’t received the Lord but tries to approach Him based on who they are in their actions and thoughts will always fall short of His glory (Rom. 3:23). Even if they’ve made significant personal improvements, God cannot lower Himself to their level. There’s no way they can approach, communicate, or fellowship with God because of their unholy nature. Man’s performance simply cannot accomplish what only the new birth can do—change his spiritual nature!
Fix Your Gaze
When you were born again, your old spirit died, was instantly removed, and replaced (Rom. 6). You became a brand-new creature with a recreated, elevated spirit. God literally sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your heart crying, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6, Rom. 8:9). Your spirit and His Spirit intermarried, merged, and became one to create a totally new person. That’s why God’s mirror reflects you as righteous, holy, and pure. The makeup of your born-again spirit is identical to Jesus Himself!
Fix your gaze on God’s mirror! Let your spirit’s reflected image dominate your thoughts. As who you are in Christ grows stronger in your heart, carnal “reality” must give way to spiritual reality. That’s when you’ll experience life and peace!
Under Chapter 6 -Sealed!
vulnerable to discouragement, doubt, and unbelief because they don’t un-derstand that the change took place in their spirit, and the rest of the Christian life is renewing their mind to believe and release what God has already put inside them. The next morning they wake up to find themselves in the same cell, facing the same trials and the same penalties. Looking only in the physical realm, it’s easy for them to conclude, “It didn’t work. The Word isn’t true. God didn’t change me because everything’s still the same!”
This happens outside of jail too. Waking up the next morning, you find yourself still married to the same person, working the same job, facing the same sickness, and under the same moun-tain of debt. In fact, many times your problems intensify once you’re born again. That’s just the devil throwing everything he has at you because you’re no longer on his side, and he wants to stop your witness. If you’re not careful, you can become con-fused and think, I’m not sure anything really happened!
The change occurred in the spirit, not the physical realm. In fact, one-third of it is already complete! Your new man has been created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24). You’re not evolving into it because in your spirit, you already are.
Jesus became sin so you could become righteous. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus became what you were so you could become what He is. He took your sin and gave you His righteousness!
Most of the church today acknowledges that Jesus paid the price for their sin but don’t really believe they have become righ-teous. They think this takes place in the future when they arrive in heaven. Second Corinthians 5:21 refutes this misunderstand-ing by declaring He took (past tense) your sin and made (past tense) you righteous. If you believe the first half of this verse, then you ought to believe the second half too—you are righteous!
God doesn’t look at you the way you look at yourself. He looks upon your spirit and sees that you are righteous. Most people pray, “O God, I’m so sorry. I’ve failed You miserably again. How can You love me? Have mercy!” They don’t recognize the truth that the performance of their bodies and souls, either good or bad, has absolutely no bearing on whether or not God accepts them. If you’re born again, it doesn’t matter if you’ve rebelled or just aren’t everything you should be. God sees you as righteous and truly holy because He’s looking at your spirit!
God is pleased with you! “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, accord-ing to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the be-loved” (Eph. 1:5-6). “Accepted” means more than just mere tol-eration. He’s literally pleased with you! You might not be pleased with the shape your mind or body is in, but God sees you in the spirit. When you were born again, you became a brand-new crea-ture, and He’s pleased with His workmanship!
“Accepted” in Ephesians 1:6 is the same Greek word trans-lated “highly favored” in Luke 1:28. “And the angel [Gabriel] came in unto her [Mary], and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” (brackets mine). These are the only two places in Scripture that this particular Greek word is found. Therefore, as the woman who bore Christ was accepted, so you are highly favored of the Lord!
the righteousness and true holiness your spirit was created in. Your conscience, with its knowledge of right and wrong, constantly bears witness to your mind about your thoughts and actions. If you aren’t careful, you’ll allow the knowledge of your failures to affect you. You’ll think, Well, when I was born again, God gave me a brand-new start, but I’ve failed since then. You may confess, try hard, and get back to where you feel like, Now 1 ‘m back on track and everything s fine, but it won’t be long before your conscience shows you something else. If you go up and down like this day after day, year after year (which you | do), after a while, you’ll think. What’s the use?
Born of God
I However, the truth is that your spirit was sealed. Sin, and its effects, cannot enter into your spirit. When you sin, your spirit does not participate. It retains its original holiness and purity— and will for eternity! “Whosoever is born of God doth not com-mit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, be-cause he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). This means you are as righteous and holy now, in your spirit, as you will ever be!
Many people struggle to understand 1 John 3:9 because its context clearly shows that Christians do sin: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). “My little chil-dren, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the I righteous” (1 John 2:1).
These are three instances from the same letter where the writer, the Apostle John, talks about sinning. The first two communicate, “If you say you haven’t sinned, you’re a liar.” He adds, “I’m writing to you so that you will not (future tense) sin. But if you do sin, you have an advocate with the Father.” Then, in 3:9 he declares, “If you’re born of God, you cannot sin.” That sounds very contra-I dictory!
Both Scripture and experience reveal that Christians can sin. The context of 1 John shows that 3:9 isn’t saying that it’s impossible for a born-again believer to do something that’s sin. Yet, it also clearly says that if you’re born of God, you cannot sin. How can this be?
Big & Little Sins?
Some people take 1 John 3:9 to mean you can’t “habitually” sin. Several Bible translations now even render it this way. People who think along this line preach: “If you were a drunk before you were saved, you might get drunk once or twice, but if you’re truly saved, you won’t habitually sin. Eventually, you’ll see victory in that area, or you weren’t truly born again.”
In order to embrace this view, you have to categorize sin— which God doesn’t. To Him, there are no “big” sins and “little” sins. By His definition, we all habitually sin. We all habitually fail to study God’s Word as much as we should. We all habitually fail to love others the way we should. We all habitually fail to be as considerate as we should. We habitually get into self-centeredness, and God has to habitually deal with us about it.
Sometimes, we also pass over things that God calls sin. For instance, the Lord views gluttony the same as drunkenness, adultery, and murder (Deut. 21:20). Gluttony is a sin that can only happen habitually. You can’t become overweight by eating just one large meal. Even if you gorged yourself, it would only make a pound or two of difference. In order to gain an extra fifty to a hundred pounds, you’d have to do it again and again and again. Being overweight is a habitual sin. This isn’t to condemn anyone but to put things in perspective.
If you interpret 1 John 3:9 to mean that you cannot habitually sin if you’re truly born of God, then nobody would qualify because we all habitually sin! The only way this can be preached is to say, “Well, you can’t habitually do the ‘big’ sins, but the ‘little’ ones—yes, you can habitually sin.” That’s not what this verse is saying.
If you understand spirit, soul, and body, the interpretation of 1 John 3:9 is obvious. Your spirit is the only part of you that’s been born of God. Your soul and body have been purchased, but not yet redeemed. Therefore, your spirit cannot sin even though your body and soul can. This means your performance doesn’t affect the purity and holiness of your spirit!
This truth is pivotal to your relationship with God! If you tie His acceptance to your performance, you’ll always come short. You might do better than certain other people, but your own conscience will condemn you. Eventually, it’ll keep you from enjoying God’s love and blessings because you know that you’ve tried and tried but still have faults after all these years. When you understand spirit, soul, and body, you know that it was your spirit that changed. Created in righteousness and true holiness, it’s been sealed by the Holy Spirit so no sin can penetrate it. The righteousness you were born again with stays uncontaminated. Since God is a Spirit, He always deals with you Spirit to spirit. No | matter how you’re performing, you can always approach Him in your born-again spirit! That’s awesome!
Hebrews 9 contrasts Old Testament Law with New Testament grace. What we’ve received through Jesus in the New Covenant is far superior to the Old. Old Testament sacrifices couldn’t really set anyone free; they were put in place as an illustration and a reminder to the people until the real sacrifice came. Since they were symbolic and couldn’t really purge from sin, Old Testament sacrifices had to be offered over and over and over again. But now that Jesus has given His life as the sacrifice for sin, it never again needs to be repeated. Through Christ, the perfect sacrifice for sin has been made once for all!
Your born-again spirit never needs to be re-cleansed, re-purged, or born again, again! “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb. 9:11-12). Your salva-tion is eternal!
“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Heb. 9:13-15).
Jesus “entered in once into the holy place” and “obtained eternal redemption for us” (verse 12). Then, in verse 15, He provided an “eternal inheritance.” Each of these statements emphasizes a one-time sacrifice that works once for all.
Past, Present & Future
You’ve been forgiven of your sins—past, present, and future! That’s what “eternal redemption” means. You might think, God can’t forgive me of a sin before 1 even commit it! Well, you better pray that He can because Christ only died for your sins once. If Jesus can’t forgive a sin before you commit it, then you can’t be forgiven at all. Why? Jesus Christ hasn’t died for sin in over 2,000 years!
Jesus paid for all sins—past, present, and future. Humans may not think this way, but God does. He’s Eternal—time, distance, and space aren’t problems for Him. Through His perfect sacrifice, God has already dealt with all sins!
When Jesus died, He put a will into effect. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). You were sanctified—separated, made holy—through the offering of Jesus Christ once for all time.
Standard Gospel Questions
Serious questions usually start coming right about now. “What are you saying? God will love me, and I won’t lose my right standing with Him no matter what? Do you mean I can just go live in sin?” Paul dealt with this same thing! “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Rom. 6:1). The answer, of course, is “God forbid” (Rom. 6:2).
Unless this question comes up, you aren’t preaching the same Gospel as the Apostle Paul. He dealt with it four different times! “What am 1 saying? Do we continue in sin? God forbid!” Even though you have to explain what you mean, it should be a logical question.
Nobody interprets most churches today as saying “You can just go live in sin” because they’re busy preaching so hard against it. This question never even comes up! Typical teaching today ties God’s love and acceptance to your performance. Therefore, these messages given “in the name of the Lord” produce a works-righteousness (self-righteousness based on your actions) in most believers. The Bible doesn’t teach that God accepts or rejects you because of your actions; it teaches that your actions can never be good enough!
God’s Word says He accepts you based on whether your spirit is righteous or not. That spirit doesn’t become righteous through your good actions and attitudes. Righteousness comes through confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. As you are born again, God gives you this brand-new spirit. Righteousness is NOT based on your actions!
The next question people ask is, “Are you saying it doesn’t matter how I live?” No, that’s not what I’m saying. Paul continues in Romans 6 giving two reasons why a Christian should live holy: 1. Your new nature desires it, and 2. You don’t want to give the devil access to your soul and body through sin. How you live doesn’t affect your spirit’s righteousness, but it greatly affects your life!
If you are truly born again, God has changed your nature. “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:2-3). You are no longer a child of the devil who loves to sin. You do still sin, but it’s not your nature anymore. Your spirit has been changed, and you no longer enjoy it. Every born-again believer has a built-in desire to live holy (1 John 3:3). You might not be fulfilling it, but it’s there!
Preaching the Law—legalism and religious works—actually strengthens sin (1 Cor. 15:56). The Law makes you sin more by causing you to lust for the very thing that’s forbidden. That’s why God gave it! Mankind was being destroyed by sin, but we deceived ourselves into thinking, I’m pretty good! God answered, saying, “Oh, you think you’re okay? Let Me show you what the real standard is.”
The Law made sin come alive so you’d recognize your need for a Savior (Rom. 7:9, Gal. 3:24).
Since I can’t give a detailed explanation of this truth here, I’d like to recommend to you The True Nature of God. In that teaching, I expound much more on this particular point. You’ll discover how God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8), can act so differently toward mankind from the Old Testament to the New. Without understanding how everything changed when Jesus Christ came, you’ll think God is schizophrenic. I assure you, He’s not!
The Lord’s purpose in sending the Law was to make you bow your knee and confess, “God have mercy on me! I can’t do it. I can’t break this sin!” The Law wasn’t given to help you overcome sin. It was to show you that sin had already overcome you! The Law actually strengthened sin and gave it so much power that it would effectively remove the deception that you could ever get rid of sin on your own. Religion, however, turns it around and says, “The Law was given to help you overcome sin.” That’s just not true.
If you’re truly born again, you have a desire to live for God. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). There will be varying degrees of this purity manifest in your actions and thoughts, but every born-again person seeks to purify themselves.
Sin gives Satan access to your body and soul. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16). Satan wants to bring death into your life any way he can—sickness, disease, poverty, shame, depression, discouragement, and all sorts of other nasty things. Why give your enemy an opportunity to come against you?
As a Christian, you don’t have to live holy in order for God to accept and be pleased with you. However, your actions and attitudes do determine how you get along with other people. That’s why it’s still to your advantage to live a holy life!
Once Saved, Always Saved or Born Again, Again?
When I first started understanding this revelation, I wondered, God, is it like the Baptists say—once saved, always saved? Or is it like the Pentecostals teach—saved, lost, saved, lost, born again, again? I struggled with these questions for a long time. Finally, the Lord spoke to me about it one day saying, “It’s not A—once saved, always saved; or B—saved, lost, saved, lost, born again, again. It’s C—none of the above!” He showed me that both positions have a partial truth, but the full truth is somewhere in between.
The “once saved, always saved” camp understands that your spirit is sanctified and perfected forever. Since you aren’t saved by your own goodness, your lack of goodness can’t un-save you. If you confess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are born again. Since faith is the issue, sin doesn’t cause you to lose your salvation.
Someone might say, “Now wait a minute! I believe if you sin, you lose your salvation. You can’t tell me that a person who’s committed some grievous sin can go to heaven!”
Even though I would be considered “holy” by most religious standards, I’ve fallen short in my actions. 1 haven’t used profanity, drank liquor, smoked a cigarette, or committed adultery, but I’ve broken some of God’s laws. I haven’t loved people the way I should, neither have I always told the truth. I try to, but I remember being caught lying as a kid. I haven’t committed what’s considered “big” sins, but I’ve broken God’s Law!
Jesus and being born again, your sin doesn’t affect your relationship with God. He fellowships with you based on your faith in Christ alone!
Renouncing & Rejecting
However, Scripture doesn’t teach “once saved, always saved.” Several places discuss the possibility of becoming reprobate and losing your salvation. The classic example is, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:4-6).
If a person falls away, there’s no more sacrifice. Hebrews 6:4-6 is located in the same context, emphasizing how Jesus’ one offering provided your eternal redemption. However, if that one sacrifice is voided, there isn’t any other. It cannot be reapplied. You can’t be born again, again. Jesus Christ is not going to suffer through that shame and humiliation to die a second time. His one sacrifice was it—forever!
You can make the sacrifice of Christ of no effect by turning to legalism and trusting in your own works for righteousness. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3).
Salvation is both received and maintained by faith in Christ alone. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering” (Heb. 10:23). You can’t sin your salvation away, but you can renounce it. Rejecting your faith isn’t easily done, but it is possible. Personally, I don’t believe there are very many who do fall away.
My spirit was created in righteousness and true holiness when 1 was born again (Eph. 4:24). Then, the Holy Spirit sealed this purity into my brand-new spirit (Eph. 1:13). Any sin I commit now in my physical actions cannot penetrate or contaminate my spirit because it’s been sanctified and perfected forever (Heb. 10:10,14; 12:23). My born-again spirit cannot sin (1 John 3:9)!
I have received eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12). This doesn’t encourage me to live in sin but instead gives me stability in my life and relationship with God. I live holy because I want to, and if I don’t, I know I’ll give Satan and other people an opportunity against me (Rom. 6:16). Living holy is definitely more beneficial than living in sin!
God is pleased with me because of who I am in the spirit (John 4:24). When I do fall short, sin doesn’t have dominion over me the way it used to because 1 know now that God has already forgiven me completely—past, present, and future sins (Rom. 6:14). My spirit isn’t stained in any way. Since God is a Spirit, I must fellowship with Him through who I am in the spirit.
My relationship with the Lord is constant. He’s always loving me. He’s always pleased with me—the real me, the born-again me, my spirit (Eph. 1:6). That’s the part of me that God loves and that I’ve come to love. I’m not enamored with my carnal self and actions. I don’t like some of what I see, do, and think, but I’ve come to realize there’s a new me. In my spirit, I am thrilled with what Jesus has done, and I place my full confidence in that. Since I walk by the spirit, and not the flesh, I experience God’s peace, joy, and life on a daily basis.
My life is stable. 1 don’t feel like I lose everything every time I sin or fall short. I don’t think that I need to be born again, again and start the whole growth process over. This concept of “one step forward and two steps back” is totally gone. When I do fail, I just turn from it. I repent and get back on track with what God’s told me to do, knowing that I’m still who I am in Christ and infinitely more in my spirit than I’ve ever yet been able to appropriate and manifest. That’s why I actively and aggressively continue renewing my mind to His Word.
Time to Leave!
When you make Jesus Christ Lord of your life by truly believing on Him, an instantaneous change takes place. This change occurs in your spirit, not your flesh—body or soul. Whether the change ever manifests itself in your physical realm depends on what you think.
The flesh, your natural self, pulls in one direction, and your spirit leads you in another. How you think determines what you experience. If your mind stays only on physical things—not even necessarily sinful things, just physical—then you’ll be limited to and dominated by your flesh. You might even be a very moral person, but you won’t experience the supernatural life of God.
The only way you’ll experience the power of God within you is to walk in the spirit. Believing to raise someone from the dead goes beyond just living a good life. You must believe in something that has no proof or evidence in the physical realm whatsoever. You have to get beyond the physical and acknowledge that there is a spiritual world. As you recognize your true power and believe, the spiritual realm will become more real to you than the physical.
This applies to prosperity too! There will be times when there’s no basis for faith in your physical facts. Your bank statement won’t prove it. Everything in the natural may be coming against the Word, but if you stay in the spirit, fixed on what His Word says, you’ll be able to see yourself prosperous when everyone else tries to repossess your house, car, etc. As you hold on to God’s Word, your spirit will overcome your flesh and break its dominion. That’s when you’ll see the Word manifest!