John 1:12,13 describes the “one” that is begotten, born of God.
“but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God — to those believing in his name, 13who — not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but — of God were begotten.
Who received Jesus and was begotten of God? Not I and not you…entirely. Our spirit’s were born of God!
Jesus elaborated on this idea in his talk with Nicodemus in John 3:6 “that which hath been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which hath been born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Is your body or soul now spirit/spiritual? NO! Your spirit is spirit because it was born of God and hence born of the spirit when you were born-again. That is the part of you that is united with Christ in the spirit/heavenly places!
Eph.2:4-6 “He loved us, 5even being dead in the trespasses, did make us to live together with the Christ, (by grace ye are having been saved,) 6and did raise [us] up together, and did seat [us] together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus”
Paul is not merely describing some positional existence that has no meaning to the born-again believer. He is simply describing what the Holy Spirit has already shared in a different style. God enjoys variety but, His message never contradicts itself. Watch how Paul continues to say the same thing but, with different terms.
Rom.6:3-7 “are ye ignorant that we, as many as were baptized to Christ Jesus, to his death were baptized? 4we were buried together, then, with him through the baptism to the death, that even as Christ was raised up out of the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we in newness of life might walk. 5For, if we have become planted together to the likeness of his death, [so] also we shall be of the rising again; 6this knowing, that our old man was crucified with [him], that the body of the sin may be made useless, for our no longer serving the sin; 7for he who hath died hath been set free from the sin.
He describes that your old man was buried in death through baptism and is raised to walk in newness of life!
What? Did your body die when you were baptized? NO…your old spirit died but, your old body and soul are still hanging around.
Did you know and do you believe that you have the mind of Christ? (1 Cor.2:16)
So where is it? It doesn’t seem like I have the mind of Christ sometimes… Well, it’s in the Holy Spirit, who is joined to your spirit.(1 Cor.6:17) What is born of flesh is flesh but that which is born of spirit is spirit! Your soul and body are still flesh and your physical mind is still physical. Your spirit is a new creation! The old has come and all things (spiritually) have become new! (2 Cor.5:17)
Really? Yeah. He said: “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature…”
And our body’s and soul’s are not yet fully in Christ.
That’s why you do have the mind of Christ and still need to have your mind renewed! (Rom.12:2) How else could Paul tell born-again believers such radically different things and still speak the truth?
Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit, who knew something that we may have overlooked…”the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit..”(Heb.4:12)
The Lord can show us how to divide between soul and spirit when we read the Scriptures, to experience the Word of God like never before! Verses that used to make no sense and seem to contradict will suddenly make sense! Check this one out:
“For by a single offering he (Jesus) has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Heb.10:14)
How has Jesus already perfected those who are being sanctified? I believe one of the things this is saying is that Jesus has perfected the spirit of those whose souls are being sanctified.
It’s just one of the many ways that the Holy Spirit brilliantly inspired men to say the same thing in many creative ways.