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Why Using Your Spirit is Crucial to God’s Eternal Purpose

Using your spirit to fulfill God's eternal purpose

Your spirit is absolutely vital to your Christian life! But it is even more crucial in fulfilling God’s eternal purpose or plan.

Without knowing your spirit, your salvation may be just a fact, with little personal experience or practical reality. But by knowing your spirit, you have:

1.  The reality of being born again or regenerated—born of the Spirit in your spirit (John 3:6).

2. The inner assurance of your salvation—the proof or witness of the Holy Spirit with your regenerated spirit (Rom. 8:16) that you are really a child of God.

3. The means to give God the true worship He is seeking—your spirit contacting His Spirit (John 4:24).

4. The way to feed on Christ as your living bread—nourishing your spirit with the Spirit as the essence of God’s Word in the Bible  (John 6:57, 63; Eph. 6:17-18a).

5. The ability to follow the Lord by the sense of His Spirit in your spirit—setting your mind on your spirit to know the sense of life  (Rom. 8:6).

For more appreciation of these points, you may want to read Why Knowing Your Spirit is Vital to Your Christian Life. These points are the foundation for further experiences of God’s life that will enable you to grow to maturity in Christ.

But there is more! Knowing and using your spirit is not ultimately for your personal spiritual growth. It is to equip you to cooperate with God so He can carry out His eternal purpose or plan through you.

How to use your spirit to cooperate with God in fulfilling His purpose

 God considers your spirit as the most important part of your being! He even ranks it with His creation of the heavens and the earth!  Zechariah 12:1 says,

“Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him.”

 Part of footnote 2 on this verse in the Holy Bible Recovery Version says,

 “In His creation God made three crucial, equally important items — the heavens, the earth, and the spirit of man. The heavens are for the earth, the earth is for man, and man was created by God with a spirit that he may contact God, receive God, worship God, live God, fulfill God’s purpose for God, and be one with God…For His chosen people, who would care for Him as the Creator and as the Redeemer, there was the need for Him to create a receiving organ so that they would have the capacity to receive all that God had planned for Christ to be. Hence, this book charges us to pay full attention to our human spirit, that we may receive the Christ revealed in this book and may understand all that is revealed therein concerning Him.”

In order to “fulfill God’s purpose for God” it is crucial for us to “pay full attention to our human spirit.” We must use our spirit if we’re going to give God the cooperation He is seeking.

 Ephesians, a book on God’s eternal purpose concerning the church (Eph. 3:10-11), speaks about our spirit in every chapter:

1. Receiving a spirit of wisdom and revelation enables us to know God and His economy—Ephesians 1:

 The apostle Paul prayed for the believers to receive a spirit of wisdom to know God’s eternal purpose or economy. In Ephesians 1:17 he said,

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him.”

A footnote on this verse in the Recovery Version says,

“The spirit here must be our regenerated spirit indwelt by the Spirit of God. Such a spirit is given to us by God that we may have wisdom and revelation to know Him and His economy.” (Footnote 3)

So if we are going to know what is on the God’s heart—His universal plan or economy, we must use our regenerated spirit! It is by exercising our spirit mainly through praying with God’s Word, that we have the spiritual wisdom and revelation we need to realize the mystery of God’s plan. So it is good to pray,

“Father, according to Your Word, give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know You and Your eternal economy concerning Christ and the church.”

2. Being in our spirit enables us to be built together with other believers into a dwelling place of God—Ephesians 2:

Naturally, all people are different. Couples, siblings, even close friends can easily be divided from one another by their different opinions and preferences.

Then how can believers from so many different backgrounds be blended into one? It’s only when we’re in our spirit joined to the Lord. In Ephesians 2:22 Paul said,

“In whom [Christ the Lord] you are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.”

Note 4 on this verse points out that,

“Our spirit is where the building of the church, the dwelling place of God, takes place.”

This means that, as believers, if we do not live in our spirit, there is no possibility for the building of the church to take place with us. We may attend some kind of Christian gatherings, but there is no reality of the church as God’s dwelling place. That only takes place when we are  in our spirit.

How much we need to learn to live in our spirit for the Lord’s sake and for the church’s sake!

3. Being strengthened into our spirit, our inner man, enables us to experience Christ resulting in the church becoming the fullness of God—Ephesians 3:

For the church to be God’s fullness (3:19), we need to allow Christ to make His home in our hearts. But for Christ to spread into our hearts and settle down there, we first need to be strengthened into our spirit, our inner man.

Paul made this point very clear in Ephesians 3:16-17a where he said,

“That He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.”

 Note 6 in verse 16 says,

“The inner man is our regenerated spirit, which has God’s life as its life. In order that we may experience Christ unto all the fullness of God, we need to be strengthened into our inner man. This implies that we need to be strengthened into our spirit through the Holy Spirit.”

To experience this strengthening it is very helpful to pray this prayer every day,

“Father, strengthen me with power through Your Spirit into my inner man so that Christ may make His home in my heart more today.”

4. Being renewed in the spirit of our mind enables us to put on the one new man, Christ’s Body—Ephesians 4:

Ephesians 4:22-24 says,

“That you put off as regards your former manner of life, the old man…and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man.”

The “new man” revealed in these verses is not just a “new me” or “a new you.” It is the corporate man, created by Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:13-16) composed of many believers—from every tribe, tongue, people and nation—who have been renewed with Christ so that they can be one in Him (Col. 3:10-11).

To be this one new man, Christ’s Body, requires that all the differences, the dividing factors from our old background be put off.  The only way for us to be practically delivered from these divisive elements in our being is for Christ as the life-giving Spirit to spread from our spirit into our mind to transform us.

 Footnote 2 on verse 24 says,

“This is the regenerated spirit of the believers, which is mingled with the indwelling Spirit of God. Such a mingled spirit spreads into our mind, thus becoming the spirit of our mind. It is in such a spirit that we are renewed for our transformation.”

It is by this spreading of the “indwelling Spirit of God” from our spirit into our mind that we are being transformed for the one new man, Christ’s Body.

From the moment we are born again or regenerated, this transforming work begins in us. Now we need to cooperate with Christ by contacting Him in our spirit each day by means of prayer and the Word so He can spread into our mind to renew us.

Whenever we contact the Lord in our spirit, by setting our mind on Him, the spirit invades our mind with divine life to renew us for the new man.

 5. Being filled in our spirit with Christ, enables us to overflow with Christ in speaking, singing, psalming, giving thanks and being subject to one another in the Body of Christ—Ephesians 5:

 Ephesians 5:18-19 says,

 “Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your  heart to the Lord.”

 Footnote 1 on verse 18 says,

“To be drunk with wine is to be filled in the body, whereas to be filled in the spirit (our regenerated spirit, not God’s Spirit) is to be filled with Christ (1:23) unto the fullness of God (3:19). To be drunk with wine in our physical body causes us to become dissolute, but to be filled in our spirit with Christ, with the fullness of God, causes us to overflow with Christ in speaking, singing, psalming, and giving thanks to God (vv. 19-20) and also causes us to subject ourselves to one another (v. 21).”

Our being filled in our spirit with Christ not only causes us to overflow in speaking, singing, psalming, thanking and being subject. These vital practices also become a practical way for us to be filled with Christ. So it is very good to take time each day to speak and sing songs and hymns to the Lord.

6. Praying in our spirit enables us to put on the whole armor of God to fight the spiritual warfare as a corporate warrior, the Body of Christ—Ephesians 6:

Using our spirit not only enables us to build up the church positively. It also equips us deal with God’s enemy negatively by means of prayer. Ephesians 6:18 says,

“By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this  in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.”

The notes on this verse point out that,

“The whole armor of God is composed of six items. Prayer may be considered the seventh. It is the unique, crucial, and vital means by which we apply the other items, making the armor available to us in a practical way.” (Footnote 1)

In praying, the main faculty that we should use is this spirit. (Footnote 3)

From these two notes we can see that if we want to fight the spiritual warfare we  must pray. Prayer is the unique, crucial, and vital  means to apply the whole armor of God and the effective prayer that applies the whole armor of God is the prayer that is in our spirit.

From the above six points I hope that you’ll be impressed with the importance of using your spirit as the vital means to cooperate with God in fulfilling His eternal purpose.

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3 Replies

  1. Deep word Tom. It is our spirit that connects so well with the Holy Spirit. We just have to learn (with help from the Holy Spirit) to get the flesh out of the way.

    1. Tom Smith

      Jon, you’re right. Our spirit was made by God to connect (be joined to) His Spirit. By learning to use (or exercise) our spirit we can apply the effectiveness of Christ’s death (that is now ours in the Spirit) to our inhibiting flesh. Then we can follow the Spirit and walk by the Spirit to fulfill God’s will. Thanks for the confirming comment.

  2. C. Chang

    That’s right. We as human being have so many differences outwardly. But only in our “spirit” we all can be the same even as His is. Because God is Spirit.

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