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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 7

Further Insights on
The Constitution of Man

Chapter Illustration

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4

The key to effective Evangelism, Discipleship, and Counseling is discerning the root of the problem and the root solution. In Evangelism, this would involve what is keeping the person from seeing that Jesus is the only way to God, forgiveness of sins, and Godís will and plan for his life. In discipleship, it would involve what is keeping the person from giving his soul life completely to Jesus to turn from a self entered lifestyle to a completely Christ centered lifestyle. In counseling it would be discovering what the real root problem is and what the real root solution is.

The first step to true discernment in these three areas requires a clear Biblical understanding about who man is.

This Chapter and Chapter 6 are also a beginning foundation for both the Basic and Advanced School of Evangelisms. All Chapters in these two Textbooks are based on what is taught in these chapters on the Constitution and personality development of man. It is impossible to discern what is blocking a person from coming to Jesus if we are unable to discern in what part of their personality the block exists. This is also true in the ministry of healing. As we have already shared in earlier chapters, the Holy Spirit leads us by what we know. For this reason we begin this Basic School of Evangelism by studying what the Bible teaches about the Constitution and Personality Development of Man.

God created Man having a spirit, soul and body. The Jewish temple, the design given to man by God, is a visible example of man as spirit, soul and body. Manís temple the body is the outer court where the world interacts with the temple. The soul of man is like the inner court of the Jewish temple where the priests do their duties and give sacrifices and decide how they are going to interact with the world and carry out Godís will revealed through the Holy of Holies. Finally, the spirit, the holy of holies where God communicates with man His will and where man meets with and communicates with God.120/28-30

The Organs of Manís spirit are the conscience, gifts and manifestations, communion, and some emotion.

The Organs of Manís soul are the heart, mind, and some emotion.

The Organs of Manís body are the brain and the five senses by which he relates to and communicates with the physical world.

DEFINITIONS AND INTERRELATED FUNCTIONING OF THE BASIC COMPONENTS OF MANíS INNER AND OUTER CONSTITUTION

*Manís Spirit

Manís Spirit75, 104 is the means by which he has God-consciousness and is able to communicate with and have relationship with God. It is also the means by which man receives Godís will and plan for his life. Finally, it is the vehicle through which spiritual gifts are given and manifested. (1 Cor 2:10-15).

Manís Conscience101, 102 for an unbeliever is an organ of his soul and for a believer an organ of his spirit, which according to the Apostle Paul is Jesusí built-in alarm system which bears witness to the rightness or wrongness of manís thoughts and the decisions of manís heart which are functions of the soul.100, 103

Manís Purpose: is revealed by God through the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit through man's spirit.

*Manís Soul

Manís Soul 74, 77 is the means by which he has self-consciousness, relationship with self. Second, it is the medium between the spirit and the body. Third, it is what man becomes and manifests through his physical body in personality, vocation, and lifestyle as a result of, one, heart response to what he has learned through his mind body, conscience, and emotions; two, through what he has received from God through his spirit; and three, as a result of those abilities and talents God has chosen to give him individually.119

Manís Mind 108, 109, 110 an organ of the soul, is his computer by which he stores information gained through his five senses--the body, spirit, soul, conscience, heart, and emotions.111

Manís Heart 112, 113 the essence of his soul, is the part of man which decides how he will respond to what he has learned through his spirit, soul and body; through his mind; through gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit; through the promptings of his conscience; and through his emotions. It is the volitional part of man.117

*Manís Body

Manís Body 78, 79, 114, 115, 116 is the means by which he has world-consciousness and is the means by which he relates to and communicates with the physical world through his five senses. Second, it is the means through which his soul carries out Jesusí love and plan for his life outlined in the Bible and revealed through his spirit through union with the Holy Spirit.118 Third, it is the means by which he gives expression of his soul-life.

EXPANDED DEFINITIONS OF MANíS INNER AND OUTER CONSTITUTION

MANíS SPIRIT

The words for spirit in Hebrew are jWr75 (ruach) meaning spirit or wind (Gen 41:8), and tmvn71 (neshmat) meaning breath or spirit.121 The word for spirit in Greek is pneu'ma76 (pneuma) meaning breath or spirit.122

Manís Spirit: is the means by which he has God-consciousness and is able to communicate with and have relationship with God. It is also the means by which man receives Godís will and plan for his life. The Apostle Paul wrote,

". . . but just as it is written, ĎThings which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.í For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God." (1 Cor 2:9-10).

King David by the Spirit received Godís plans for the building of the temple (1 Chron 28:12). Paul and Barnabas were set aside by the Holy Spirit and commissioned to do missionary work (Acts 13). By the Spirit Paul came to know that Godís call for him was primarily to the Gentiles and Peter to the Jews (Gal 2:8).

Finally, manís spirit is the vehicle through which spiritual gifts are given and manifested.104 Paul writes concerning spiritual gifts and manifestation,

"But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit. And to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." (1 Cor 12:7-11)

The purpose of these manifestations of the Holy Spirit through our spirits is to give us the ability to get to the root of a problem and the root solution and then know how to apply the solution. As we look to Jesus for the answer to our needs, through his Holy Spirit through our spirit He manifests any or all of these gifts as needed to minister to the need. The meaning and how to manifest and apply these manifestations of the Holy Spirit are talked about thoroughly in Sections 5 and 6 of this Textbook. Of manís spirit Martin Luther stated it

". . . is the highest, deepest and noblest part of man. By it he is enabled to lay hold on things incomprehensible, invisible, and eternal."123/78

MANíS CONSCIENCE

Manís Conscience for an unbeliever is an organ of his soul and for a believer an organ of his spirit, which according to the Apostle Paul is Jesusí built-in alarm system which bears witness to the rightness or wrongness of manís thoughts and the decisions of manís heart which are functions of the soul.100, 103 The Apostle Paul writes,

"For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts (kardiva)112, their conscience (suneivdhsi")101 bearing witness, and the thoughts (logismov")124 between them accusing or excusing them." (Rom 2:14-15).

There is no specific word in Hebrew for conscience, but there are phrases which indicate its existence like !hynP trKh102 (hakarath pnayahem). The word trKh means the look of and !hynP meaning their faces. The sense of the phrase means: a personís true heart revealed by the look on his face. In other words, the person may be lying, but his conscience shows through in his face.

The Greek word for conscience is suneivdhsi"101 (suneidesis). Concerning this word, Henry C. Thiessen states,

"It comes from the Greek word suneivdhsi", which means an accompanying knowledge. It is a knowing of our moral acts and states in connection with some moral standard or law which is conceived of as our true self and, therefore, as having authority over us."125/162

Continued on Pages 2, 3, 4
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