Sunday Reflection: In Body and Spirit - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (June-13-2021)

Sunday, 13 June 2021 00:00

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Some Christians mistakenly think the soul is all that matters and the physical body only gets in the way. But when God created the human body, He called it good (Gen. 1:31 - God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day).

Perhaps the confusion stems from what Paul meant when comparing the “flesh” with the “Spirit” (Galatians 5). In using the word flesh, he was speaking not of the body but of the false self—the part of us prone to fear, selfishness, pride, and more. Our physical self, just as much as our spiritual being, belongs to God and is an instrument for His use; both are in fact part of the new creation we become in Jesus. And so, our true self has a redeemed soul as well as a redeemed body.

Genesis 2:7 - Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. says God “formed the man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” And we’ll be physical beings in eternity as we’re transformed “into conformity with [Christ’s] glorious body” (Phil. 3:21 - who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself). To discover the fullness of your true identity as God’s child, embrace both the spirit and the body He’s given you.

Think about it
• In what ways or circumstances are you reminded that your body is part of your true identity in Christ? What makes it difficult to accept that?

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  • Comment Link Elizabeth Osborne Sunday, 13 June 2021 16:29 posted by Elizabeth Osborne

    I love his sermons. He is such a good pastor!

Charles Stanley

Charles Frazier Stanley (born September 25, 1932) is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. He has an evangelical and dispensationalist theology. Charles Frazier Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, just nine months bef ...