Updated: Jul 7
by David Nunez
Breathe. Take a moment, and just breathe. From whatever you’re doing, drop it- and may the God of peace provide a calming breath to you. “He is the breath, in my lungs- so we pour out our praise…” Rest in the fact that every breath we breathe is the breath of the Almighty that gives us life. (Job 33:4)
In the medical field- the root word “Pneumo” is used to recognize hundreds of diagnosable ailments dealing primarily with breathing or respiratory functions in the body. Here are some examples: Pneumonia, Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung), Pneumonomelanosis (Black Lungs)- PHEW, that one took the air out of my lungs! (Ba-dum-tssss)
This isn’t going to be a blog on medical terminology and how well David is able to spell. No, this blog is going to be revolving around the center-most part of who we are- what gives us our true identity. Our spirit, a conduit for the Holy Spirit to be channeled, dialed in and be in tune and fused with ours. (2 Tim. 1:14, Romans 8:16)
If you have not read my last blog post, I had mentioned that we are a three-part being - Spirit, Soul, and Body. We are essentially a Spirit, who has a Soul (Personality), that lives in a Body. That doesn’t mean that we are three people. No, what it means is that we are three parts but completely whole. This was made known to us when God created man saying,” Let us make man in our image.” [See Genesis 1:26] God is also three parts but completely whole. He is not three gods. He is God the Father, God the Son [2 John 1:3], and God the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). So just as God is three parts and whole, He also wanted us to be reflected in that same way (Spirit, Soul, Body). Why else would He speak over His creation of man and call us, “very good”?
Some brothers and sisters believe that we only have two parts, Soul and Body. While this is a more popular belief in almost all Christian circles- we find that Hebrews 4:12 defines the division between our soul and spirit. The problem with believing we are only two parts is that when we became saved, asking Jesus to be our life and come and live inside of us - something had to have died to receive that life.
Our Soul, our personality didn’t die - we didn’t become robots once we received the breath of life (Pneuma). (Gen. 2:7) What had to die was our dead human spirit. Since Adam ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, his spirit was then disconnected from God, cut off from all communication. When God said, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die,” (Gen. 2:17) - Adam didn’t die physically (at least not right then and there, right?), no he died spiritually. Since we are all born of Adam, whatever happened to Adam, happened to me also. We are all born in Adam, after his likeness (dead human spirit, with a soul, and body). It’s a bloodline destined for destruction, but God has a bloodline destined in righteousness.
In order for us to even have an opportunity to be saved from sin and death is Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus Christ went first, tasted death for all. Since those who believe are in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:26), whatever happened to Jesus happened to me also, right? So when Jesus was crucified, so was I (Rom. 6:6, Gal. 2:20), when Jesus died, so did I (Rom. 6:3-5), when Jesus was buried, so was I (Rom. 6:4), when Jesus was raised, so was I! (Col. 1:13, 1 Cor.1:30) Best of all, when Jesus was seated at the right hand of Father, SO WERE WE! (Eph. 2:5-6, Col. 3:3-4)
Papa had it all set in motion that there will come a day that a Savior - Jesus Christ would be the one who’d set the captives free - conquering death forever. Not only that, but breathing life into our spirit. (1 Cor. 15:45) This is why our true identity comes only from our spirit, and is a radio transmitter for the Holy Spirit to express His life through us in such a way that others find the life of Christ to be breathtaking.