Reborn Life on Earth
Upon receiving both the baptism of water and the Holy Spirit, a new man in the line of Jesus Christ as the firstborn is made. However, the present body and soul still has its bug, which is the flesh that can cause aging and problems and corruption with sin. In summary, we all have a body, soul, and spirit.
The body has the physical structures and physiological processes, like bones, joints, marrows, brain, heart, nervous systems, chemicals, etc. It has also the corrupting flesh since Adam’s time. The degeneration and aging and illness can be traced to the flesh.
The spirit was breathed into us, or given to us by God. It is a life-giving spirit who gives birth to meaning, purpose, and love. It also makes our heart pumps, and keeps our physical body functioning. However, the spirit inside man is dead without the indwelling/regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
The soul is formed as the spirit is attached to the body. It holds all of our freewill, conscience, emotions, personality, memory, cognition, etc. collectively known as the Personhood. The essence of our lifetime on earth is to have our souls saved unto Jesus Christ and be purified into the likeness of Christ.
Daily Walk with the Spirit
When Jesus was crucified on the Cross, he brought to death with him the flesh and its affections and lusts. He did not however remove the mind that still knows sin and can choose sin. Yet, God knows that we can stumble over sin and thus have the blood that Jesus shed to cover our sin. By the stripes Jesus bore on his body, there is healing which can be applied unto our bodies too.
The new life after both baptisms is not perfect yet. It is only a beginning on this earth which leads to a journey of perseverance, in order to purify our soul in a process called the sanctification. In this journey, we will sin lesser and lesser as we come to know where to correct and be made right with God through the guidance and help of the Holy Spirit living inside us. Over time, we should bear an image of Jesus Christ clearer and clearer, that is from glory to glory which comes from God the Holy Spirit. It will be a daily walk that crucifies or denies the fleshy desires, and a willful choice to obey the Holy Spirit inside us. And over time, we will be more sensitive to the voice of God the Holy Spirit and be led by Him.
Through One Spirit, that is the Holy Spirit, we have all the spiritual gifts accessible for the building of the church. We are the church and Jesus’ body on earth. There is no withheld gift in the Spirit in which one can lay hands for healing and and not be able to utter wisdom. As certain gifts are exercised more, such as teaching, the gifts will be more developed upon use. But there is no limit as to which can be exercised and which cannot be exercised. One person can learn from another person on the gifts being exercised. The only limit is the practical knowledge of the gifts, followed by discipleship. If discipleship is not practiced, one person will only watch and not be able to exercise the gifts.
Everyone born again bears the responsibility of the truth, which is to make disciples of Christ by preaching repentance and the Kingdom of God, as accompanied by the power of healing and deliverance.
Body of Christ
The church is interconnected. As one member suffers, the whole body suffers; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. As an encouragement, let’s address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.