INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
Who are you? Why do you exist? What is the purpose of your life? Why were you born? What is the root of many of your problems? What is going to happen to you when you die?
      In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 the Bible says, "May God himself, the God of peace, sandtify you through and through. May you whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

      Man is divided into three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Observe the following diagram:

1. What is the body? Your body is the house for your soul and your spirit. The Bible teaches us in Genesis 2:7 that, "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground..." Your body is important. In 1 Corinthians 6:13 the Bible teaches that we should use our bodies to glorify God. The Bible saya that, at the end of the world, God will resuuect your body and you will have an immortal body. 1 Corinthians 15:20 says, "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." Therefore, the Biblical teaching is not reincarnation, but resurrection. Every day your body is slowly becoming older and one day your heart will stop. Certainly your body will die and return to dust until Jesus Christ returns and resurrects it so you can appear before the throne of God on Judgement day.

2. What is the soul? The New Testament was written originally in the Greek Language and the word "soul" is psyche. Our word in English is "psyche." This is the root of the word "psychology." Your soul is divided into three parts:
A) Mind: You have the capacity to think.
B) Emotions: You are capable of feeling love, anger, hate,
bitterness, compassion, etc.
C) Will: You have the capacity to chose and make decisions.
In making decisions you use your will.

3. What is the spirit? The Bible says in John 4:24 that, "God is Spirit." In Genisis 1:27 it says, "So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
      What does the phrase mean, "God created man in His own image?" This means that when you were born, God gave you a spirit. An animal does not have a spirit because it was not created in the image of God.
     Your spirit is that part of you that can communicate with the living God. God gave you the capacity to have fellowship with Him.
      The Bible teaches us that we are born with a physically empty spirit and that only God can fill it. Do you know why? Because God is Holy! When Jesus met Nicodenus, He said, "No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again." If a man has not experienced a new birth in His spirit, he has tension in his life and in his home, guilt in his mind, fear to live and to die, and a big emptiness in his spirit.
      Perhaps you feel a big emptiness in your interior, in your spirit, or in other words in your heart.

      In our next lesson you will learn more about how to have peace, happiness, a complete spirit (filled with God), and how you can have abundant life on Earth and eternal life in Heaven. God created you. You are a person of value. God loves you because you are created in His image and your perpose is to glorify the Lord with your life.

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