060714, “Extra! Extra! Read All About it!” The Salvation Of The Spirit, Soul, And Body – 1 Thessalonians 5:23


Some of you “old timers” may remember the days when boys would stand on the street corners of many towns and sell their allotted number of newspapers by yelling, “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” Such an announcement of youthful loud voices would indicate “a breaking news story.” I remember the days of nickel newspapers, and when I would deliver my allotted amount to my 278 customers each morning by riding a sturdy bicycle over a route of about five miles.

Many stories have been broken that dealt with the events of everyday life. A news story that should be of interest to the student of the Bible is one that deals with life, the total makeup of the life of all people.

Sermon Text

Every person is the result of being an embryo, which “is” life. It is incorrect to say that an embryo “becomes life.” Life creates similar life, per Dr. Louis Pasteur, and the Law of Biogenesis. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve began a string of flawed human conceptions and births that continue through this day. As we see in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, each life consists of a body, a soul, and a spirit. The body is “our body.” The soul is “our mind, reasoning, consciousness, etc. The body and soul are being formed from the point of conception. Upon the birth of a child, the body and soul continue to develop. But, per the fall of Adam and Eve, upon conception the body and soul are in the beginning stages of death. The spirit is fully developed when it is conceived, and without a redeemer, our spirit will experience an eternal spiritual death. We have control over our body and soul. We have no control over our spirit (Jn 3:8), but the Holy Spirit prompts our souls to choose to live Godly lives (John 16:8-11). Because our body, soul, and spirit are flawed upon birth, they need to be “redeemed,” or saved, in order for us to spend eternity with God. So, we need to experience the salvation of our spirit, soul, and body. Any part of us that is not perfect is flawed and needs to be saved. If any part of us is sinful, or can be sinful, it needs to be redeemed, or saved, so that we can have an eternal and intimate relationship with God. In 1 John 1:5, we read that “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Darkness relates to flawed mankind (John 1:4-5). Our spirit is the first part of us that is “redeemed,” or saved, and will immediately indwell the Spirit of God upon our new birth,or birth from above (John 3:1-8; 14:1-21). Upon our being born again, our spirit “has been saved,” and never can be unsaved or removed from its indwelling presence in God’s Spirit (John 10:28-29). This part of our salvation is also called “justification.” Some people say that means, “just as if I have never sinned.” Because God has control of our spirit, our spirit will not sin, and can not sin. It “is saved, has been saved, and can not be unsaved.” Our soul sins, or is capable of sinning (Romans 7:14-14, see indwelling sin). Such sinning relates to thinking, speaking, or any other activity that is caused by our mind. Even though our spirit has been saved, our soul has not been saved, and will not be saved as long as we have control over it until it is redeemed. Only when we die, or are raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) will we achieve the salvation of our soul. We will find verses saying that we “are being saved.” That statement relates to the salvation of our soul, which is also known as sanctification. It is during this stage of our salvation process that we are being sanctified/set apart. During each day of our life, our sanctification should result in a more holy walk, whereby we “are being saved.” Our body, which is also flawed and dying, “will be saved,” which we call glorification. Upon our death, our body will decay until the rapture takes place (1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15: 50-54). At that time, our body “will be saved,” which we call “glorification.”

See the way that the following scripture describes the glorification process. The decayed body will be changed from a flawed state to a perfect state, without which, it can not enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). It is also during the time of Rapture (being “caught up.”) that the glorified body, will be reunited with its sanctified soul, and its justified spirit. Death, which is the result of the sin of Adam and Eve will cease to wreck the lives of God’s redeemed people. It is important to remember that in order for our flawed body, soul, and spirit to spend eternity with God, each of those three elements of our created being must be redeemed/saved and made to be without flaw. Also, as soon as we are born again, our spirit becomes as perfect as the spirit of God, because it will begin to indwell God’s Spirit. Remember 1 John 1:5, we see that there is “no darkness” in God. Unless our spirit is born again, it can not indwell God’s Spirit. In order for our body and soul to be present with our spirit, they must also be born again, and freed from their flaws.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54, J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

50 For I assure you, my brothers, it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to possess the kingdom of God. The transitory could never possess the everlasting.
The dead and the living will be fitted for immortality
51-53 Listen, and I will tell you a secret. We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the trumpet sounds! The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised beyond the reach of corruption, and we who are still alive shall suddenly be utterly changed. For this perishable nature of ours must be wrapped in imperishability, these bodies which are mortal must be wrapped in immortality.
54 So when the perishable is lost in the imperishable, the mortal lost in the immortal, this saying will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ ‘O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’

The “Extra, Extra, Read All About It” sense of urgency is greatly needed in the body of Christ as it relates to the subject that we are discussing. Believers need to know that even after they have been born again, they will continue to sin. It’s also important to know that when we are born again that our spirits are as pure as the Spirit of Christ. It is also very important for us to know that all embryos have spirits that have been projected into eternity, and that they also need a Redeemer. When we consider the embryo, or unborn infant, God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8) fits nicely into those spiritual needs. The following scripture texts, and commentary, provide information that will support the positions that I have taken on the salvation of the spirit, soul, and body. These selections of scripture, and of personal thoughts, pretty much have come off of the top of my head, or should I say, from God’s Holy Spirit. As with any lengthy writing, a starting point and stopping point sometimes may be difficult to choose. Also, the information that is put in between those two points may be too lengthy, or too concise, for the average reader. This particular subject has been close to my heart for many years. I have tried to provide due diligence by checking credible authorities of renown for additional thought. If I have omitted a verse, or a thought, that may have made this writing more understandable, please let me know, and please forgive me. I always try to ensure that all of my writings “make a difference” in the minds and lives of readers.


1 Thessalonians 5:23, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Scofield’s Reference Notes

1 Thessalonians 5


Verse 23, whole spirit and soul and body

Man a trinity. That the human soul and spirit are not identical is proved by the facts that they are divisible. Hebrews 4:12 and that soul and spirit are sharply distinguished in the burial and resurrection of the body. It is sown a natural body (soma psuchikon= “soul- body”), it is raised a spiritual body (soma pneumatikon). 1 Corinthians 15:44. To assert, therefore, that there is no difference between soul and spirit is to assert that there is no difference between the mortal body and the resurrection body. In Scripture use, the distinction between spirit and soul may be traced. Briefly, that distinction is that the spirit is that part of man which “knows” 1 Corinthians 2:11 his mind; the soul is the seat of the affections, desires, and so of the emotions, and of the active will, the self. “My soul is exceeding sorrowful” Matthew 26:38 see also; Matthew 11:29; John 12:27. The word transliterated “soul” in the O.T. (nephesh) is the exact equivalent of the N.T. word for soul (Greek – εὐψυχέω ), and the use of “soul” in the O.T. is identical with the use of that word in the N.T. (see, e.g.); Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 14:26; 1 Samuel 18:1;1 Samuel 20:4; 1 Samuel 20:17; Job 7:11; Job 7:15; Job 14:22; Psalms 42:6; Psalms 84:2. The N.T. word for spirit (pneuma) like the O.T. (ruach), is trans. “air”, “breath”, “wind,” but predominantly “spirit,” whether of God (e.g.); Genesis 1:2; Matthew 3:16 or of man; Genesis 41:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5. Because man is “spirit” he is capable of God-consciousness, and of communication with God; Job 32:8; Psalms 18:28; Proverbs 20:27 because he is “soul” he has self- consciousness;Psalms 13:2; Psalms 42:5; Psalms 42:6; Psalms 42:11 because he is “body” he has, through his senses, world consciousness.

Genesis 2:15-17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not [a]eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Genesis 2:17 Lit eat from it

Genesis 3:17-19, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

17 And unto Adam He said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, ‘Thou shalt not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Romans 5:12, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Reformation Study Bible

5:12 just as sin came into. Paul here begins a comparison that is not concluded until vv. 18–21. The comparison is interrupted by a meditation extending through v. 17.
through one man. Death is not natural to humanity, but is the direct result of sin (Gen. 2:17).
because all sinned. The universal reign of death is the consequence of sin. Paul does not explain how all mankind was involved with Adam in his sinning, but simply asserts the fact. All sinned in the sin of Adam. See “Original Sin and Total Depravity” at Ps. 51:5.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

Romans 5: Verse 12

The “wherefore” relates back to Romans 3:19-23 and may be regarded as a continuation of the discussion of the universality of sin, interrupted;Romans 3:24 to Romans 5:11; by the passage on justification and its results.

have sinned

The first sin wrought the moral ruin of the race. The demonstration is simple.
(1) Death is universal (Romans 4:12; Romans 4:14), all die: sinless infants, moral people, religious people, equally with the depraved. For a universal effect there must be a universal cause; that cause is a state of universal sin (Romans 5:12).
(2) But this universal state must have had a cause. It did. The consequence of Adam’s sin was that “the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19)–“By the offence of one judgment came upon all men unto condemnation” (Romans 5:18).
(3) Personal sins are not meant here. From Adam to Moses death reigned (Romans 5:14), although, there being no law, personal guilt was not imputed (Romans 5:13). Accordingly, from Genesis 4:7 to Exodus 29:14 the sin-offering is not once mentioned. Then, since physical death from Adam to Moses was not due to the sinful acts of those who die (Romans 5:13), it follows that it was due to a universal sinful state, or nature, and that state is declared to be out inheritance from Adam.
(4) the moral state of fallen man is described in Scripture Genesis 6:5; 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 14:1-3;Psalms 39:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 18:11; Mark 7:20; Mark 7:23; Romans 1:21; Romans 2:1-29;Romans 3:9-19; Romans 7:24; Romans 8:7; John 3:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 2:11; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 4:18-22; Colossians 1:21; Hebrews 3:13; James 4:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22.

John 3:1-8, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The New Birth

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [c]again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:2 Or attesting miracles
John 3:3 Or from above
John 3:7 Or from above

Reformation Study Bible

3:6–8 This passage emphasizes the priority and sovereignty of God in the work of salvation. It does not exclude the reality of human response in repentance and faith.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

John 3 Verse 3

born again


(1) The necessity of the new birth grows out of the incapacity of the natural man to “see” or “enter into” the kingdom of God. However gifted, moral, or refined, the natural man is absolutely blind to spiritual truth, and impotent to enter the kingdom; for he can neither obey, understand, nor please God John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:6; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7; Romans 8:8;Ephesians 2:3 (See Scofield “Matthew 6:33”).
(2) The new birth is not a reformation of the old nature (See Scofield “Romans 6:6”) but a creative act of the holy Spirit John 3:5; John 1:12;John 1:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:24.
(3) The condition of the new birth is faith in Christ crucified John 3:14;John 3:15; John 1:12; John 1:13; Galatians 3:24
(4) Through the new birth the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature and of the life of Christ Himself Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10;Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:10-12

2 Corinthians 5:17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, [a]he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Footnotes: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or there is a new creation

Reformation Study Bible

5:17 in Christ. Union with Christ summarizes our experience of redemption. Believers are elected (Eph. 1:4, 11), justified (Rom. 8:1), sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), and glorified (3:18) “in Christ.” Here Paul focuses on the momentous significance of the believer’s union with the Savior. Because Christ is the “last Adam,” the One in whom humanity is recreated (1 Cor. 15:45; Eph. 2:10) and who inaugurates the new age of messianic blessing (Gal. 1:4; cf. Matt. 11:2–6), the believer’s spiritual union with Christ is nothing less than participation in the “new creation.” Translating “there is a new creation” instead of “he is a new creation” draws this conclusion more clearly, but the thought is there either way.
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1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

15:51-58 All the saints should not die, but all would be changed.

Reformation Study Bible

15:50 flesh and blood. This phrase alludes to the weakness of earthly, human existence and is an equivalent to “perishable.” Paul is warning the Corinthians that without new “imperishable” bodies we “cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” How then can some deny the doctrine of the Resurrection?
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Reformation Study Bible

15:51 mystery. See note 2:7.

We shall not all sleep. Paul recognizes that many Christians will not die but will be alive at the time of Christ’s return. Though these Christians will not be raised from death, they too will be transformed and receive imperishable and immortal bodies (1 Thess. 4:13–18 and notes).
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2 Corinthians 5:8, 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Reformation Study Bible

5:8 The doctrine of the intermediate state between our death and Christ’s return teaches that when Christians die they, that is, their spirits, go immediately into Christ’s presence and are “at home with the Lord,” while their bodies remain here and are buried in the grave (Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:23). When Christ returns, the bodies of believers will be raised from the dead and reunited with their spirits (1 Cor. 15:22, 23; 1 Thess. 4:14, 16). See “Death and the Intermediate State” at Phil. 1:23.
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Scofield’s Reference Notes

1 Corinthians 15:52


Resurrection, Summary:

(1) The resurrection of the dead was believed by the patriarchs Genesis 22:5; Hebrews 11:19; Job 19:25-27 and revealed through the prophets; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; Daniel 12:13; Hosea 13:14 and miracles of the dead restored to life are recorded in the O.T.; 2 Kings 4:32-35; 2 Kings 13:21.
(2) Jesus Christ restored life to the dead Matthew 9:25; Luke 7:12-15; John 11:43; John 11:44 and predicted His own resurrection; John 10:18; Luke 24:1-8.
(3) A resurrection of bodies followed the resurrection of Christ Matthew 27:52; Matthew 27:53 and the apostles raised the dead; Acts 9:36-41; Acts 20:9; Acts 20:10.
(4) Two resurrections are yet future, which are inclusive of “all that are in the graves” John 5:28. These are distinguished as “of life”; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 20:4 and “of judgment”; John 5:28; John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-13. They are separated by a period of one thousand years Revelation 20:5. The “first resurrection,” that “unto life,” will occur at the second coming of Christ 1 Corinthians 15:23 the saints of the O.T. and church ages meeting Him in the air 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 while the martyrs of the tribulation, who also have part in the resurrectionRevelation 20:4 are raised at the end of the great tribulation.
(5) The mortal body will be related to the resurrection body as grain sown is related to the harvest 1 Corinthians 15:37; 1 Corinthians 15:38 that body will be incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 1 Corinthians 15:49.
(6) The bodies of living believers will, at the same time, be instantaneously changed 1 Corinthians 15:50-53; Philippians 3:20; Philippians 3:21. This “change” of the living, and resurrection of the dead in Christ, is called the “redemption of the body”; Romans 8:23; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 1:14.
(7) After the thousand years the “resurrection unto judgment” John 5:29 occurs. The resurrection-body of the wicked dead is not described. They are judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire.Revelation 20:7-15.
John 3:16-19, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [b]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

John 3:16 Or unique, only one of His kind
John 3:18 Or unique, only one of His kind

Scofield’s Reference Notes

Verse 16

(Greek – ἀπόλλυμι,” trans). “marred,” Mark 2:22, “lost,”; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:4; Luke 15:6; Luke 15:32. In no N.T. instance does it signify cessation of existence or of consciousness. It is the condition of every non-believer.
world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield “Matthew 4:8”).
Verse 17
world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield “Matthew 4:8”)
condemn Or, judge, and so in John 3:18; John 3:19 cf. John 15:22-24.
saved (See Scofield “Romans 1:16”)

Reformation Study Bible

3:18 Unbelief is not the only basis for condemnation, but it constitutes the climax of rebellion by resisting even God’s gracious offer of salvation in Christ. Jesus comes into a world that is already condemned because of its rejection of God’s self-revelation (Rom. 1:18–32).
3:19 people loved the darkness rather than the light. Jesus gives the reason for the world’s rejection of Him: He is the light who exposes whether a person is righteous or not.
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Romans 8:1, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Deliverance from Bondage

8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Reformation Study Bible

8:1 therefore. The apostle’s concern here is pastoral. Paul is telling his readers, in light of the foregoing reminder of their continuing sinfulness, they must now recall their acceptance, immunity, and security in Christ.
no condemnation. Probably in both senses—the judgment and the punishment.
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1 John 1:5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Is Light

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

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