“No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:11).
There is the hidden person in every believer’s heart with an unfading beauty which remains forever and will never be tainted. A beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that is precious in the eyes of God. Didn’t you know that the hidden person is no other than the spirit of man, and that is you?
In the Bible, the spirit of man is called the heart of man, the inner man, and the new man. The physical body, however, is called the outward man, or simply the “flesh.” In addition, Paul used the term “old man,” in which he is referring to the old sinful nature of man, man’s life without Christ. In almost all of his epistles, the apostle Paul had used these terminologies many times to explain man’s identity before and after man’s born again experience. Paul made a profound use of these terms to explain their detailed workings and their distinctions, and be able for us to understand our identity in Christ.
You need to realize that the spirit of man receives the life of God the moment he was born again. Being born again is not a rebirth of the physical body. Being born again is being born in the spirit. Your spirit becomes a partaker of the Divine nature of God when you surrendered yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to rule your life. When you made that decision, your spirit was born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. The Word of God was planted in your heart. Your inward man was redeemed not with corruptible things, like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus. You are therefore, God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart” (Proverbs 20:27).
Also understand that God communes with man through the inner man. God reveals Himself, His Word through his spirit. God has given him a measure of faith, His love, His strength, His joy, His peace, and His righteousness in his heart.
You see, our old man was crucified and buried with Christ. When Christ was raised from the dead, we receive this new life, a life without sin, without the power of sin. The sin and the effects of sin to our old man have been settled forever on the cross and of the resurrection of Christ. Our old man was crucified and was buried forever. Our old man has no place to go back to life. Our life now is hidden in Christ.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
“… we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life … knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:4-6).
The apostle Paul has been reminding us to live the new life in Christ. We don’t live according to our old and sinful life anymore. That old life has been done away with. Therefore, a believer shall never go back to his old life and re-live his old ways.
“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God …” (Ephesians 4:21-24).
“… since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Colossians 3:9-10).
One of the gravest things a believer will do is to give insufficient attention to his identity in Christ. Every believer must not only know, but must understand who he is in Christ. It’s so easy to be diverted from the word of God and focus ourselves with the cares of this world. Even our ministry is not a substitute for fellowship with Him. At times we thought that being busy with the work of the Lord is good enough for our spiritual strength.
At one time Jesus gave his disciples a profound revelation of a conflict between the spirit of man and the flesh. He warned them, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
Jesus had to segregate Himself from the multitudes to have fellowship with the Father. Jesus had to feed on the Father’s Word and remains with His presence for the next day of work. “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there” (Matthew 14:23).
Our spirit needs continuous feeding on the Word of God, and be soaked in the presence of the Holy Spirit. You cannot afford not to spend quality time with His Word. The Word has to dominate your spirit, soul and body – your whole being.
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).
When you keep the Word, obey His Word, Jesus and the Father will come to you and live with you. The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, will be with you.
You can only have prosperous life when you have a prosperous spirit. Renewing of the mind according to the word of God begins in the spirit. And when your spirit is so saturated with God’s Word, the Word will dominate your mind. The voice of your spirit which is your conscience will convict your heart and your mind into the obedience of His Word.
A changed life begins with the person of the “hidden man of the heart.” In the Gospel, before Jesus heals the sick, He first deals with the sick person’s inner man. Jesus plants the incorruptible seed of the Word of God deep in his heart. Once the seed is planted in his heart, the seed gives life and produces faith, growing, reaching, and receiving the goodness and the salvation of God. It is the Word of God in our spirit that will heal us and give us life. The healing process of man’s soul, mind, and physical body begins in his spirit.
You have heard many, many times, “Man’s fighting spirit.” It means the confidence in man’s heart not to give up and never accept defeat in the midst of an unwinnable fight for life. It is a decision made in the heart of man to win and overcome any obstacles in life. In his epistle to the Corinthians, Paul indicated that he will never give up against persecutions, physical torture and death, but will come out victorious and triumphant in Christ.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Jesus made serious warnings to his disciples to heed to His words and listen with their hearts. “Let these words sink down into your ears …” (Luke 9:44).
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just your soul prospers’ (3 John 2).
“A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
“The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” (Proverbs 18:14).