What About the Spirit, the Soul & the Flesh?

The spirit has been redeemed. This means that at one point in the past the “old man” was crucified with Christ. The “old man,” is who we were “in Adam.” In short, the “old man” is the web of relationships we maintained in our former life “in Adam.” But now, all things have become brand new. There is no more work for Christ to do in our spirit, because all things have become new.

Note something has occurred. Your spirit is now holy, righteous, a new creation, complete, and lacking nothing. You are now a saint and no longer a sinner. You are awesome and it only makes sense that you should act like a saint, one who has the power of God within themselves, because this is who you are.

Paul makes this clear in Romans 1:7.

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ (NIV).


What must we remember to live a life filled with God? Let’s search Romans 6 for truth .

In the same way, count (consider) yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11 NIV)

There are three key words in this passage:

1) Know (verses 3, 6, 9)

2) Consider or Count (verse 11)

3) Present or Yield (verse 13)

It is interesting that the first real command is not found until verse 11. Paul uses the word “consider.” The emphasis in these verses is not upon doing but upon knowing (see Romans 6:3,6,9,16; 7:1). To have victory there are certain things that we need to know! It’s not that I need to do something, but I need to know something.

First, believers must know the truth! This truth is centered upon what Christ has already accomplished by His death and resurrection. The emphasis is not upon what I do, but upon what Christ has already done!

Second, a believer must have an account of the facts and consider them to be true. Faith is the key! Faith is agreeing with things that we cannot see in the physical and receiving them as true. Faith fixes itself upon the facts of God’s Word and counts them as true! Faith says, “Yes it is true. I am dead to sin and I am living with God! I rejoice in this fact!”

Third, believers in Christ are to present or yield their entire beings to God as one who is alive from the dead (see Rom. 6:13). As a new creature in Christ, it makes complete sense that we will act like who we really are. We are free from sin and death. We are free to give ourselves freely to God. This is why it is imperative that we renew our minds.


Paul speaks about “our old man”. Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (Romans 6:6 NKJV)

What is “our old man” (see Rom. 6:6; Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:9 NIV) and what is the “new man” (see Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24 NIV)? The old man refers to all that I am and all that I have because of Adam; the new man refers to all that I am and all that I have because of  Christ. The old man is my old life in Adam; the new man is my new life in Christ. The first refers to the self life, while the latter refers to the Christ life. The first has to do with fallen man; the latter has to do with redeemed or regenerated man. The old man is the old self; the new man is the new self, the new creature in Christ.

The old man is born of the flesh; the new man is born of God. The old man came about by natural birth; the new man came about by the new birth. The new man is a new thing that did not previously exist but was created (see Eph. 4:24; 2 Cor. 5:17 NIV).

The old man will never reform. When a person is saved, the old man is not changed and the old man is not transformed.

How then does God deal with the old man? God does not change the old man. God does not transform the old man. What did God do with your old self? What did God do with all that you are and all that you have in Adam? Romans 6:6 clearly states: “Our old man was crucified with Him” (emphasis added). God condemned the old man, judged him and poured out His wrath on Him when Jesus died on the cross.

Paul tells us that our old man “was crucified,” which means it is already done! It is finished! You do not need to re-crucify the old man! It is not something that you do, it is something that God has already done! It is not a command to obey; it is a fact to believe!


Consider this verse: “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator” (Col. 3:9-10 NIV). Note carefully the language. It says, “you have put off” and “you have put on.”  These are not commands; these are facts. Why has the old man been put off?  The old man has been put off because God put him on the cross! The new man “has been put on” the moment we were saved because we are a new creature in Christ!

Christ’s history has become our history because we are in Christ. Thus, His death is our death, His burial is our burial, His resurrection is our resurrection, and His ascension is our ascension.


Our soul realm is being redeemed; thus our soul is in process. This simply means that the soul realm is where the work of transformation is taking place. In Ephesians 5:18, Paul teaches us to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit. Do you know why we must keep being filled with the Holy Spirit? Because we leak! We forget who we are and who He is.  The truth and reality of who we are leaks out of our soul realm. This is why on a continuum we must continue being filled with God’s presence. Remember, your “soul realm” is in the process of redemption.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is about agreement with what God has done. When lies permeate our minds, they detract us from the truth and reality that we are God’s possessions. Remember, we must believe and agree with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Agreement causes transformation. This is why Romans 12:2 is so important.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (NASB).

The word transformed is translated from the word metamorphosis. This is what happens to caterpillars as they turn into butterflies. It is a built-in phenomenon. In every moment, allow yourself to keep being transformed. When we are continually filled with the Holy Spirit, it allows us to keep remembering who He is and who we are (see Eph. 5:18). Our call is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit because transformation is not something that we do, but rather something that happens to us by the Holy Spirit.


The flesh will be redeemed.

…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:21 NIV).

Until then, let’s remember that our flesh carries no spiritual life and is spiritually dead. Since our flesh does not have the mind of Christ, it only has one job description: it is constantly crying out for life! Your flesh is relentlessly crying out for life because it is spiritually dead. Your flesh does not know where to get real life. Your flesh thinks it can get life from physical gratification (pornography), material possessions (houses and cars), fame (church leadership and based upon what people think about you), and the list goes on and on. We should not ignore the flesh because it is spiritually dead. On the contrary, we bring it into submission under the brand-new spirit that resides in us.


About Ken Winton

Ken Winton is a transparent conversationalist; his inspiring teachings have motivated companies of people around the world into living their lives lighter. Ken is edgy, relatable, some times a goof, but always influential. Ken is an international speaker, author, musician and hosts his own radio show, podcasts and blogs and most of all, loves to go on walks with his wife Becky. When Ken is not on the road he frequents his favorite coffeehouse to sip on a cup of caffeine and chat with the locals. Ken resides in Chico California with his wife, three kids, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law and a whole mob of five glorious grand-kids. And, by the way each grandchild is his favorite.
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7 Responses to What About the Spirit, the Soul & the Flesh?

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  3. John Lemmon says:

    Hi Ken,
    I have read a few of your posts. I am sure you are aware there are very few people who truly understand this. Most believe they are sinners & have not yet learned that that is the “old man” as you call it. It is refreshing to see there are others who “get it.” Thanks for the post and keep up the good work.
    God bless.

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