I’m turning to who I believe is a seasoned warrior and can shed some light on this picture of who we are in our spiritual regeneration. Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 -1927) in her unabridged book “WAR ON THE SAINTS” pages 209 & 210 shares some thought-provoking facts about how The “NATURAL” Verses The “SPIRITUAL Man.
She wrote At first the regenerated man is but a “babe in Christ,” manifesting many of the characteristics of the natural man in jealousy, strife, etc. (1Cor.3:1-4) until he apprehends the need for a fuller reception of the Holy Spirit to dwell in the regenerated spirit as His sanctuary. The unregenerate man is wholly dominated by the soul and body. The regenerate man has his spirit (1) quickened and (2) indwelt by the Holy Spirit, yet may be governed by soul and body because his spirit is compressed and bound. The Spiritual man has his spirit liberated from bondage to the soul (Heb. 4: 12) to be the organ of the Holy Spirit in mind and body.
“It is then that, by the Holy Spirit’s power, his volition is brought into harmony with God in all His laws and purposes, and the whole outer man into self-control. Thus, it is written “The fruit of the Spirit… is self-control. (Gal. 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law). It is not only love, joy, peace, long-suffering, and gentleness manifested through the channel of the soul –the personality — but in a true dominion over the world of himself, (1) every thought brought into captivity, in the same obedience to the will of the Father as was manifested in Yeshua (2Cor. 10:5 Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Yeshua).
(2) His spirit “ruled” also from the chamber of the will so that he is of a “cool spirit” and can “keep back” or utter at his will what is in his spirit as well as what is in his mind, (Prov. 17:27) and (3) his body so obedient to the helm of the will, that it is a disciplined and alert instrument to be handled intelligently as a vehicle for service, and not any longer master of the man, or the mere tool of Satan and unruly desires.”
A man may show himself to be a wise man by the good temper of his mind and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart and the folly that is bound there; therefore, he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
Heavenly Father, hear our praises for the gifts of knowledge and understanding you have bestowed through the Holy Spirit. We thank you, Lord, for all the wisdom which allows us to become the men and women you desire, demonstrating your Love and Compassion as regenerated souls being separated from the temptations of the body. Knowing our hearts, we thank you, Lord, for the words to be spoken with purpose through the wisdom gained as teachings from the Holy Spirit. In all things, we give praise and glory to you Father in heaven. This we pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen, and Amen.
Robert a humble, obedient servant of Yeshua and his Father in heaven Yahuwah.