Peninsula Community Church
Body Soul and Spirit – PART 2
February 2, 2014
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Today, we will focus on the body which is represented by the five senses: Touch, Smell, Hearing, Taste, and Sight. As we continue our study, we are reminded that the soul represents the mind, will, and emotions. We are also reminded that the spirit is that part of us that has been deadened by sin; and is the area of our being that must be touched by the Holy Spirit in order for us to truly live. As noted, the body focuses on the five senses.
To fully understand the role that the body plays in this we must acknowledge that the five senses are the gateway by which our soul and spirit are impacted. We are impacted for the good and for the bad by what we allow to enter our lives by way of the gateway of the five senses. What we focus our attention on will begin to impact our relationships with others and within us. What we focus on will determine the formation of our hearts and the renewal of our minds.
This is critical because we must understand that what we feed grows. It has been said that what you eat you become. If we feed the flesh and fail to walk in the spirit, we will see the flesh begin to control our lives. If we feed the spiritual man, we will see the spirit grow in us and begin to control our lives. Let us look at this in this way. If you continue to feed your body with sinful pleasures, you will forever enjoy the sinful pleasures of life. The result will be that you are drawn deeper into sin.
One way for me to illustrate this is to define what happens when we go on a diet. Have you every experienced going on a diet only to have your sense of smell and taste go through the roof. Suddenly, you smell foods and flavorings that you never smelled before. You begin to taste the food even though you have not eaten any of it. Have you also noticed that when you are on a diet that it seems that the TV commercials focus more on food than at any other time. There is another part to this as well. When on a diet and you are tempted to eat what you should not; you make a decision to try one piece of whatever it is that you are desiring. but one is never enough, it seems. It is like the Lay’s Potato Chip commercial. “Betcha can’t eat just one.” The enemy of our soul is standing behind us whispering those tempting words – “Betcha can’t eat just one…” before long we have eaten the whole thing and our bodies begin to tell us that we have fallen short of what we need to be.
The first of the senses is the eyes. As we look at the senses we come to the understand that what we see, watch, and read effects who we are. It is important to note that seeing alone is not the problem. It is the habitual returning to that thing that makes it an issue. David in Psalm 101:3 stated I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. Job added to this idea when he stated I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin (Job 31:1)? I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word (Psalm 119:15-16).
Why did these guys make these radical statements? They wanted to remain pure and holy so that they would not be tempted toward sin. They understood that the eyes were a gateway to the soul. It for this reason that the quote “The eyes are window to the soul” is an accurate statement in that the eyes are a gateway to the soul’s foundation and formation. The eyes reveal the depth of the soul. I recently read an article that stated that scientists can now determine a person’s personality by looking at their eyes. This is why research is being done on using the eyes for computer access and proof of identity. The eyes have a role to play in who we are becoming and what we set our eyes to we will become.
How do we assure that our bodies are healthy? Our attitude will make all of the difference. First, we must remember that we belong to someone. Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We have the privilege of the Spirit residing in us and working through us. The second idea presented here in this passage is that we have value. We are bought with a price. Therefore we do not want to tarnish our value by opening ourselves to things that do please God, which brings us to the last concept. Remember we have a purpose. Because we are a channel for the Holy Spirit and we have been bought with a price, we are then called to glorify God in our bodies and for that matter with our bodies. When we understand this, we also understand that this is why it is so critical that all that we are must be in alignment to God’s will and God’s purpose for our life.