One thing that every believer needs to know is that, when they are born-again, their spirit becomes just like Christ. We were first created as spirit (Genesis 1:27) and it is our spirits that are redeemed by Jesus. When God looks at us, He doesn’t look at us through Jesus, He looks at us as ourselves, perfected in Christ.
The issues we face are that, first, in order to operate legally in the earth, we have to have an earth-suit. Just like you can’t operate in space without a space-suit or in water for lengthy periods of time without a wet-suit. And this earth-suit is temporary and cannot be redeemed. The second issue is that the soul doesn’t get the renovation the spirit gets. The soul needs rehab; it needs corrective surgery
That’s what I want to talk about, today.
(Hebrews 4:12 ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We often talk about soul-winning but we never talk about spirit-winning. Why? Because it is the soul that assigns value to our spirit. The soul is the essence of our character, as it is comprised of our mind, will, intellect, and emotions. Spirits are what we are; souls are who we are.
When we share the Gospel that transforms a sinner into a saint, the spirit is perfected but the soul needs repair.
In order to perform any kind of surgery, you need the right education and the right equipment.
The right education is the Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit. The right education is also an orderly education, which simply means don’t teach things out of order. Your education in soul surgery does not begin in Genesis. We have to remember that, unlike many books, the Bible is not most effectively read cover to cover.
If viewed as a medical text, the Old Testament would be a deep dive into medical history. It will help you understand how medicine underwent expansion and transformation but it will not help you triage and treat traumatized victims.
No, you have to begin with the teachings of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. And, in order to understand His brand of treatment, you must study His technique.
This takes you straight to the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The Gospels take you straight into the operating theater of the Lord Jesus where you can study his technique up close and personal. The wonderful thing about taking this approach is that, in studying Him, you often wind up being the subject of His work — That is, He begins to operate on you!
Jesus opens you up and removes all the dead and lifeless parts of your soul. Our core text says the Word of God (Jesus) pierces down to the point where the soul and spirit are joined. It is a living instrument that gets down into the thoughts and intentions of the heart. In other words, when we allow Him to, Jesus gets inside of us and repairs us from the inside. This is how the Word of God is used as an instrument for healing.
Jesus also said in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. And all means ALL! Anything you need to do what you need to do to is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom, we can ask for it and it will be given without reprisal. So, while Jesus gives us practical application, the Holy Spirit gives us total recall — in other words, He will give you what you need when you need it.
Our souls are renewed by our yielding to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who will lead us to study, pray, and fellowship as we need to. In other words, our first patient must be ourselves. When we submit to the Finished Work, the Finished Work operating in us begins operating on us!
The rest of the New Testament makes up case studies of Jesus’ surgical technique as applied by His early disciples. We are to study these teachings to understand how to apply this wisdom and expertise to our daily lives.
The right equipment is the Sword of the Spirit, that is, the Word of God. Now, unfortunately, there is teaching that emphasizes the use of the Word of God as a weapon. Far too many in the Body of Christ use the Word as an instrument of battle instead of an instrument of healing. This is wrongly gleaned from Ephesians 6:17, part of the passage of Scripture concerning the Armor of God.
There are a couple of things to understand, here: first, the Apostle Paul spoke of the armor to folks that lived with military occupation — in other words, he spoke to folks at their level of understanding. And before he began to illuminate the components of the armor, he told his hearers that all they would have to do is stand. The battle is the Lord’s and He won it at the cross!
The second thing is that, on the battlefield, a sword is an expedient surgical instrument. A sword or knife can be used to remove a bullet or any number of emergency procedures. And, on our battlefield, we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but with spiritual powers driven by wickedness. So we have to be led by the Holy Spirit
We have to know that the sword given to us is not an offensive weapon whereby we try to cut sin and iniquity out of people by our own knowledge or wisdom but it is an implement given to us to heal the wounded ONLY WHEN OUR HANDS ARE GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!
The sword is an implement of conviction and correction, not condemnation. It is the instrument of healing, not a tool of destruction.
If the sword is not wielded in Love and guided by Grace, it is used in error!
© 2015 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)