Have you ever considered what was God’s intention in creating you? The first two chapters of the Bible give the answer. He made you in His image–with a body, soul and spirit–to contain Him.
Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, “let us make man in our image after our likeness…” Image and likeness indicate purpose.
For example, a glove is made in the image of a hand with the purpose of containing the hand. Similarly, a guitar case is made in the image of a guitar for the purpose of containing the guitar.
However, your being made in God’s image is not so simple. God made you as a container with three parts—body, soul and spirit—so that you can be filled with Him in order to express Him.
So in this post, we’ll consider how God made us with three parts so that we can contain Him and be filled with Him as life in order to express Him.
God made you with three parts—body, soul and spirit—to contain Him
“For what purpose did God create man? Only that man might be His container…It is clearly seen in Romans 9:21, 23 and 2 Corinthians 4:7, that God created us to His containers. We are only empty containers, and God intends to be our only content.” (pp. 43-44)
Genesis 2:9, describing the procedure God took to create us as His containers, says:
“…God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”
God formed man from the “dust of the ground”—the human body
First, the Bible indicates that God formed man from the “dust of the ground.” We all know that our physical body is of the same elements as the earth.
It is with our body that we are able to live in this material universe. Our body gives us our outward form and is the organ for us to contact the material realm (note 3 on Gen. 2:9 in the Recovery Version) .
We also know that our body is a container for food, water and air. We need to breathe in the air, drink plenty of water, and eat nutritious food. In this way, we can have a healthy body with a proper expression.
God breathed into man’s nostrils “the breath of life”—the human spirit
Second, God breathed in this earthen container “the breath of life”—the human spirit. This Hebrew word, neshamah, is the same word as for “spirit” in Proverbs 20:27 where it says,
“The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the innermost parts of the inner being.”
Part of a footnote on the expression “breath of life” in the Recovery Version says,
“Man’s spirit is his inward organ for him to contact God, receive God, contain God, and assimilate God into his entire being as his life and his everything…The spirit of man is for man to worship God, to be regenerated by God, and to be joined to God that man may walk and live in an organic union with God to fulfill God’s purpose.” (Gen. 2:7, note 5, par. 1)
So our human spirit is the center of our being and the crucial part that enables us to contact God, receive God and contain God so that we can express God and fulfill His purpose in making us. For a deeper understanding of your spirit, you may also want to read, “What is the Function of Your Spirit?”
It’s really good to stop and thank God for creating you with a spirit to contact, receive and contain Him. Simply tell the Lord,
“O Lord, thank you for creating me with a spirit so that I can contact You, receive You, and contain You. Lord, I’m empty inside. I open to You. Lord Jesus, come into my spirit right now and fill me with Your divine life.”
Man became a “living soul”—the human soul
The issuing of God breathing the “breath of life,” the human spirit, into man’s physical body is that man became a “living soul.” I can’t express this point any better than the footnote does,
“Man’s soul, which is his person, his very self (Exo. 1:5; Acts 2:41), was not formed from a certain element but was produced by the combining of the human spirit and the human body. The soul, composed of man’s mind, emotion, and will, has the psychological consciousness to contact the psychological realm.”
How wonderful, that God made you a living soul with a mind, emotion and will for His purpose. With your mind, you can receive and understand the words in this post. With your emotion, you can love the wonderful Lord who made you to be filled with Him. And with Your will, you can choose to contact Him, receive Him and contain Him.
Again, just stop for a moment and thank God for making you in such a wonderful way for His purpose. Please pray,
“Lord, I thank you for creating me as Your container with three parts—body, soul and spirit. Thank you for showing me that You desire to dispense Yourself into me so that I can be filled with You in order to express You. Lord Jesus, fill me with Your life. I love You.”
Practical Points on How to be Filled with God as Your life
Here are a few practical pointers on how to use each of your three parts—body, soul and spirit—to be filled with God in order to express God:
- Your body – open your mouth each morning to call on the name of the Lord Jesus, pray and thank Him. In Psalm 81:10b, God says, “…Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Then in Romans 10:12, it says, “The same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call on Him.”
- Your spirit – As you open your mouth to call on the Lord, exercise your spirit, that is, from the depth of your being, to contact the Lord, receive Him to be filled with Him. Eph. 5:18-19 says, “Be filled in spirit, speaking…” Remember, your spirit is connected to your mouth. When you use both together, you will be able to receive and contain God. Singing is also an excellent way to be filled in spirit.
- Your soul – Set your mind on the spirit, by minding the things of the Spirit, the things revealed in God’s word. Romans 8:6 says, “The mind set on the spirit is life and peace.” By musing on God’s Word throughout the day, you’ll “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” and your soul will be saturated with God’s life.
If you’ve been helped to see how God made you with a body, soul and spirit to contain and express Him, please confirm with a short comment.
References and Further Resources:
- You can download a free PDF of The Economy of God here. If you’re in the USA, you can also order a free paper copy from Bibles for America.
- For more appreciation of how God created you as His container with a body, soul and spirit, you may enjoy reading the Life-study of Genesis, Message 10. You can read it online here.
- You may also enjoy reading ”What is the Purpose of God’s Creation of Man in His Image and with a Spirit?“–a related post by Stefan, a fellow blogger at aGodman.com.
- Check out “The God-shaped Vacuum,” a YouTube video that illustrates God’s creation of man with a body, soul and spirit.
- You can listen to a Radio Broadcast/Podcast reviewing this topic here. Just look for program 15.
- Here are a couple of hymns that develop the thought of this post: