Thought for Today 06/02/2021 – Spiritual Death and the Bread of Life

We are all born with a spirit, placed in us by God – the problem is our spirit is dead

 

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

By Greg Holt

(ICB)  There is so much to unpack in John 6:35, one could literally write a book about it.  This is a fantastic promise from Jesus to us.

Jesus is the Bread of life, the real life, the life that is only available to those who have placed their trust in Him and not in the world or themselves.  Bread is great, I like bread, but as good as it can be, we have to eat it again and again – because it does not satisfy long term, only the short term, very short term.

Bread or whatever food one eats will help to sustain the body, obviously we cannot live long without food to provide nourishment for our bodies.  But what of our spirit?

The body will die, that is a given.  Our spirit however will not.  Our spirit is eternal, and it is up to us where our spirit will reside for eternity.

The body does not sustain the spirit, the spirit sustains the body and soul.  If your spirit departs, your body dies.

We are all born with a spirit, placed in us by God.  The problem is our spirit is dead.  So, how can it be alive so-to-speak?

Imagine if you will a body, the person has passed away, but the body remains, it simply is.  The body exists, but that is it, it cannot do anything because there is no spirit within it, our spirit is what makes us, us.

Our spirit is the same, it simply is there in us.  We are at the first spiritually dead, separated from God, we do not know God.  Since we are spiritually dead, it is our soul (mind, “heart”) that makes the decisions.  We are living in the flesh basically, and our spirit is along for the ride.

The Apostle Paul alludes to this in Ephesians 2:1-3:

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

When we are living in the flesh, regardless of what we achieve, how much money we have, how many toys we own etc., it is never enough.  There is always a thirst for more, to many if you ask them, there is something missing, although many are not sure just what that something is.  That something is God.

When we come to Christ, and we accept Him as Lord and Savior, we are obviously saved, we have eternal life with Him.  That isn’t the only change however, there is much more that happens in this life.

When we are saved, our spirit comes alive if you will, it and we are reborn into newness of life (Romans 6:4).  In our new life, we are no longer spiritually dead, our spirit is alive through our connection to Jesus.  It is our spirit that now calls the shots.

Our spirit now takes charge and issues directives to the soul.  Through our spiritual connection to Jesus, we can now resist sin, we can change, we can become more like Him.  We no longer have to be held captive by hate and unforgiveness, we can move away from bad and sinful habits, we now have the power to live a new life through (and in) Jesus Christ.

This is why it is imperative to feed our spirit – Bible reading and study, devotions, worship, and fellowship with other believers, all these feed our spirit.  When we are focused on Jesus, there will be no more hunger or thirst, Jesus satisfies our needs spiritually and sees to our more “human” needs as well.

Jesus is the Bread of life, truly.  There is no life apart from Him.  Everyone needs to partake of the spiritual nourishment that He provides for us.

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