What is Salvation?
Salvation is being saved from the just judgement of God that is inevitable upon the life of the sinner
When Adam was created, he was created from dust as only soul and body. God in His desire to make man to be like Him then breathed His breath into Adam. Man then was made up of Spirit, Soul and Body. Gen 1:26. God being a Spirit breathed His person into man. Therefore the spirit part of man was the likeness of God.
When man fell, the likeness of God in the Spirit of Man disappeared. Man was left with his own fleshy spirit. God being a just God was bound to condemn man during the righteous judgement. However, it is not His plan that any should perish. It is His desire that man should come back and be in the right standing with Him. God then had a plan to bring back His Spirit into man so that man would once again by like Him.
This provision was made available to us when Jesus Christ died on the cross. When we became born again, the Spirit of God comes into us and made our spirit alive to be like Him. Gods’ intention is for man to come back to the status that he ordained in the beginning.
However, our adversary the devil was not happy about this reconciliation. The devil’s plan which is to make sure that Gods’ plan does not succeed. In his bid to foil the plan of God, began to make it impossible for the Holy Spirit to have a place in us.
The good old tricks of the enemy came into play. He would concentrate on manipulating our soul which is represented by our emotions. This part of us is controlled by our physical senses. He then fortified himself within this part of us.
We can then say that we have an inner being and we also have an outer being. Our inner being is the real us while our outer being is just a house that we live in. Our inner being does not grow old but is renewed daily. Our inner being is our spirit man. It is during this renewal that our spirit man intermingles with the Holy Spirit and fortifies his spiritual senses.
As God is a Spirit, He can only influence our spirit man. That is why Proverbs 20:27 tells us that “…the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord…” Man can only be guided by the Spirit of God through the spirit of man.
How does God lead us? -Romans 8:14 – 16
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”
• Man being a spirit being need to become spirit-conscious. We can then look beyond the physical realm of sensing and adopt a spiritual realm of a sensing way of life. Having the knowledge that Gods spirit leads us through our spirit will make us spiritually conscious and help us grow as a child of God.
• The experience we get when the Holy Spirit witness to our human spirit is different from when we are led by our spirit as our emotions becomes in charge. We experience excitements when everything is going right and depression when things are not going our way. However, when we are being led by the Holy Spirit we are consistent and stabilized during these variations.
• The part of us that refuses to give up is our spirit while the part that reacts to pressure is controlled by our emotions.
Remember that in Rom 8:16 “…..the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…”
This means that during trying times the Holy Spirit strengthens our spirit and in acknowledgement, our spirit responds in agreement with the Holy Spirit that we are children of God. He strengthens us to have the right thoughts, doctrines and make the right decisions. As we get used to receiving this strength from the Holy Spirit, we will invariably mature into a person led by the Holy Spirit and not by our emotions.
Contributor: Clem Roberts