The Spiritual Person and Health

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drjoeThere are three kinds of people in the Bible: Natural (I Corinthians 2: 14 ), Carnal (1 Corinthians 3: 3) and Spiritual. The following excerpt is from an e-book I wrote, “Basic Biblical Principles of Health” that appears on my site www.PowerToBeWell.com that officially launches April 30.

· The Spiritual Person

This joyful person knows who they are in Christ Jesus. They obey God. They are Christ centered. They model growth; not perfection. They do not separate the physical from the spiritual. Every bit of their life – physical, moral, mind, spiritual, etc. – is to be judged by the standard of the Atonement (a legal action where Jesus substituted himself for sinners and paid the legal requirement of the punishment of sin, death).

1 Corinthians 2: 15 confirms, “But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is [rightly] judged by no one.”

The kind of health that manifests in the spiritual person’s body:

– They treat their body as the Temple of God – 1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

– They present their body as a living, Holy sacrifice – Romans 12: 1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

– Their body is redeemed – Romans 8: 18 – 23, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected [it] in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only [that], but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”

– They regard sickness – James 5: 13 – 16, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” And, Philippians 2: 27, “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”

– God’s will – 1 Thessalonians 5: 18, “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

– Preserved until His return – 1 Thessalonians 5: 23, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” And in verse 11, “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”

– Examine – 1 Thessalonians 5: 21 – 22, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

– Deeds – Colossians 3: 17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

– Transformed – Philippians 3: 20 – 21, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

– Learn – Ephesians 5: 10 – 11,” finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].”

– Struggle – Ephesians 6: 12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].”

– Harmony – 2 Corinthians 6: 14 – 16, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among [them]. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

– Affliction – 2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 11, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, [it is] for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, [it is] for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you [is] steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also [you will partake] of the consolation. For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver [us], you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift [granted] to us through many.”

– Life – 1 Corinthians 10: 31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

– Glorify – 1 Corinthians 6: 20, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

– Discipline – 1 Corinthians 9: 27, “But I discipline my body and bring [it] into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

– Test – 2 Corinthians 13: 5, “Examine yourselves [as to] whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified.”victory