Man is a compound being, consisting of spirit, soul and body.

1Thes 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Thes 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Thes 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

[Your whole spirit and soul and body] Some think that the apostle alludes to the Pythagorean and Platonic doctrine, which was acknowledged among the Thessalonians. I should rather believe that he refers simply to the fact, that the creature called man is a compound being, consisting,

1. Of a body, sooma (grk 4983), an organized system, formed by the creative energy of God out of the dust of the earth; composed of bones, muscles, and nerves; of arteries, veins, and a variety of other vessels, in which the blood and other fluids circulate.

2. Of a soul, psuchee (grk 5590), which is the seat of the different affections and passions, such as love, hatred, anger, etc., with sensations, appetites, and propensities of different kinds.

3. Of spirit, pneuma (grk 4151), the immortal principle, the source of life to the body and soul, without which the animal functions cannot be performed, how perfect soever the bodily organs may be; and which alone possesses the faculty of intelligence, understanding, thinking, and reasoning, and produces the faculty of speech wherever it resides, if accident have not impaired the organs of speech.

The apostle prays that this compound being, in all its parts, powers, and faculties, which he terms holokleeron (grk 3648), their whole, comprehending all parts, everything that constitutes man and manhood, may be sanctified and preserved blameless until the coming of Christ; hence, we learn, (from Adam Clarke Commentary)

There is One Spirit.

There is one Christ, though Christ has many members.

We are individual expressions of the ONE Christ.


Christ is Spirit, Christ is Soul, Christ is Body.

We constitute the visible expression of Christ on earth.

Christ is all and in all.

As I sat with my wife in a Restaurant today, I took her hand and said to her. You and I are One, YOU ALONE, OR I ALONE, ARE NOT COMPLETE BUT, TOGETHER WE ARE ONE AND COMPLETE.

We are One together.

Jesus said in John 17.18-26 “As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they may all be one; even as you, Father, {are} in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.

“The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, (I in them and you in me, that they may GROW COMPLETE INTO ONE, Ph.) that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

There cannot be Jew or Greek,

There cannot be bond or free,

There cannot be male and female,

For, all ye, are one, in Christ Jesus:

Now, if, ye, are of Christ, by consequence ye are, Abraham’s seed, according to promise, heirs.” Galatians 3:28, 29, Roth.

We are all ONE in Christ… Abraham’s seed… heirs.

Gal 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as {referring} to many, but {rather} to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

Of one seed that is Christ!

1 Cor 12:12, 27 – For even as the body is one and {yet} has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 27] Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

As the body is one… so, also is Christ.

Rom 12:5 – so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

We, the many, are One.

There is only ONE and Christ is the ONE. Christ Jesus is the Head and we are the body. We are ONE in Christ: Christ is ONE in us. We constitute “the Christ.” The Christ is ONE.

1 Cor 6:17 – But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit {with Him.}

In Christ there is no separation.

I have preached and taught many years now that we are a tri-part being.

We are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body.

Essentially we have separated man into three parts.

Just as Christians have separated God into three parts.

BUT, the Word says that GOD IS ONE.

If God is One then Christ is One.

In Christ I am a whole being.

My spirit, soul and body making up a whole man.

If Christ is in my spirit then my spirit is whole, if Christ is in my soul then my soul is whole, if Christ is in my body then my body is whole.

No longer any separation, no longer any mixture.


“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:” (Mark. 12:29) There is only the One who is the Creative Principle of the universe Father God expressing and manifesting Himself as the visible creation.

Isa 45:21-22 21] “Declare and set forth {your case;} indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except me. 22] “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

“I” is the LORD, and we must look to “Me” and be saved. The “Me” and the “I” is Christ. Christ Jesus was the manifestation of the God and Savior who has declared Himself all through the Bible. And this Great God and Savior is within us as the Reality of our Being. “…’Surely God is in you, And there is no other; There is no other God.'” Isaiah 45:14

We are so perfectly in union with God that we are ONE SPIRIT. We are in Christ, Christ is in us, the Father is in Christ; all perfected into One. “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one.” John 17:23. If anyone is in Christ he is a New Creation… the old has ceased to exist.


I pray, meditate, worship from my spirit, while thinking on the cares of life with my soul, and meanwhile my body is trying to pull me down to the dust realm.

I have resolved to change my thinking and put on the MIND OF CHRIST AND BE ONE IN HIM.

1Thes 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


ANOINTING IS A PERSON, THE [Alan McSavage]          1


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