10/1/2015 – Brief Thoughts: Total Re-creation

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7-8)

“And when [Jesus] had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”  (John 20:22)

When God created man from the dust and breathed life in to him, the man became literally a living soul. He was not created a spiritual being, but a soulful being. This, in the end, would both prove to be the downfall of the Old Covenant and reveal the need for the new. The soul is the part of man that carries the mind, will, and emotions, but it is the spirit of man that alone can contain the Spirit of God within him. Man directs his own soul, as is seen in the Psalms where David commands his soul about. Within the confines of his soul, a man can either accept or reject the command of God. However, when the spirit of man engages the Spirit of God it is the Lord who directs his paths. As Paul observed, “It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” (Gal 2:20)

Jesus came for total re-creation of us as spiritual beings capable of containing the Holy Spirit, and paid the price for sin so the Spirit could come. The former things, all of them, truly did pass away and new things came as we became entirely new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17) bearing little resemblance to what we were before. Therefore, it was necessary for the Son to perform the same, but fulfilled, “breathing” in to us the Father did upon the lump of dirt when He created Adam. In this, as in many other ways, Jesus truly did “fulfill the law” (Matt. 5:17). The disciple both understands and fully engages in this new re-creation of man in to a spiritual being, and disciplines his soul as David did to allow God to direct him, Spirit to spirit, to His glory.

 

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