You are a spirit being first
1 Thess.5:23 ‘Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ This verse together with Heb.4:12 ‘for the Word of God is quick and powerful sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intentions of the heart,’ and Math.22:7 ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,’ opens up for us a window on the mechanics of our construction.
This may sound very mechanical, but helpful. The Bible teaches we were made in the image of God (Gen.1:26). Jn.4:24 says; God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. Therefore man is first of all a spirit being. He has a soul he lives in a physical body, a ‘hunk of flesh,’ made from the same chemicals as the planet earth, and by which he can connect with the physical part of this earth. In the same way a man needs a ‘moonsuit’ to live on the moon a spirit being needs an ‘earthsuit’ to live on the earth!
A humans soul consists of his mind, will and emotions, and can be described as being part of the heart, just as his spirit is part of the heart. The body, often described in scripture as, this ‘body of flesh,’ ‘the nature of the flesh,’ etc. this too has feelings, passions, lusts that connect into the heart. What Paul is saying when he uses this term is describing the soul and body acting independently of the spirit, which is they way men and women operate because of the fallen nature they have inherited.
With the introduction of the Holy Spirit who comes and indwells you, in your spirit, making you ‘alive in Christ,’ at the moment of your accepting Jesus as Lord, the soul comes under pressure to relinquish their dominant position. God desires the entire life of the soul (the mind, will and emotions) to come under the influence of His Spirit working through your human spirit.
Its your choice…..At last you have the freedom to choose, there is another way to live!