Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God
Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:26-27).
“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23-24).
“But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Man is a spirit being. He is made in the likeness of God. Jesus said that God is a Spirit (John 4:24). So man must of necessity be a spirit.
Man is a spirit being, has a soul and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
When the physical body is dead and in the grave, the spirit lives on forever. The spirit of man is eternal. Spirits can never die. The soul is attached to the spirit, and it never dies, but is always being renewed and conformed into the image of Christ.
In Philippians 1:23-24, Paul is speaking of physical death when he says that he is caught between the two (wanting to go to Heaven, yet feeling the need to remain on the earth for the sake of others).
Paul is going to live—whether in the body or out of the body. If he abides, or lives in the flesh, he can teach the church at Philippi and be a blessing to them. That would be more needful for them. However, for Paul, it would be far greater to depart and be with Christ.
The question may be asked, “Who is going to depart?” Paul was not talking about his body, he was saying “I” am going to depart. The “I” is his spirit being, or the inward man who lives inside of his body.
When we die and go to Heaven, we will be clothed with a physical body, wear robes and garments, and be seen and known. However, we will have brand new youthful bodies that will never get sick or old, and will never die again.
We will know and recognize one another in Heaven, just as we know people on earth.
The Bible does not teach soul sleep, as some cults do, but teaches that when we die, if we are born again, we will live in Heaven.
People who are lost and end up in hell also have bodies, plus their five physical senses. They feel so much excruciating pain at all times, and mental and emotional torment. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you can be born again right now. Just pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I invite You to come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. Wash me clean by Your Blood. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for you all the days of my life.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, where is Jesus right now? Do You feel His Presence in your heart? You are now born again and are a child of God. Heaven is your eternal home. I would encourage you to get into a good Bible believing church, and put Jesus as first place in your life. God bless you!
The Apostle Paul said that there is an inward man, and there is an outward man. The outward man (physical body) is not the real you. The outward man is only the house in which “you” live. The inward man is the real you. It never gets old, although it matures. It is renewed day by day. The inward man is the spirit man. We are speaking spirits.
Romans 8:14 says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Then in verse 16, it says “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Proverbs 20:27 says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. In other words, God guides us through our spirit. He gives revelation and illumination to our spirit. He speaks to our spirit. That’s why it is so important to get your spirit man built up strong. This is accomplished through meditating on the Word of God and digging out its treasures.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The kingdom of God has a two-fold meaning: 1) Heaven 2) The ways in which God operates.
Nicodemus misunderstood what Jesus said, and thought that Jesus was saying that the physical body has to be born a second time (which would be impossible). Jesus was referring to the spirit being born again.
When a person gets saved, their physical body remains the same, but their spirit and soul is transformed. Actually, the spirit is saved instantly upon conversion, but the soul (mind, will, emotions and traditions) is transformed over a process of time. The Bible talks about going from one plateau of glory to another in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
When a person becomes born again, they receive a new nature, the nature of God, plus eternal life.
Paul calls man’s spirit “the inward man”, while Peter calls man’s spirit “the hidden man of the heart”.
1 Peter 3:4 says, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
In many places in the Bible, and especially the New Testament, when the Bible speaks of the heart it is referring to the spirit part of man. It depends on the Hebrew or Greek definitions. Some words for “heart” are used to denote emotions, passions, and the heart can be good or evil. There are other words that refer to the heart as the breath or spirit of man.
In the New Testament, wherever the word “heart” is used, substitute the word “spirit” and you will get a clearer picture of what the Bible is talking about. It is the spirit of man that is born again.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This is talking about the inward man becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus. When you are born again, you do not get a new body, nor is your soul (thoughts, emotions, will) changed immediately. Your spirit is the part of you that is transformed.
God does not do anything with the outward man (physical body). You have to do something with it if you want to see improvements. You are the caretaker of your body. However, the Lord is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you. He is able to remove sickness and disease, as well as heal you emotionally and mentally.
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