We have spent recent time and energy examining the role of our spirit in relation to our soul and body, and we could spend another whole year unpacking everything. The spirit, ultimately, is a critical element of you and of me, and our recognition of it is entirely necessary as we explore the depths of communing with God.
I came across this quote from a secular source this morning and just had to share it. I believe this author does a good job explaining a distinction between our spirit and our soul/heart/psyche (the seat of our intellect, emotions and will).
“All true energy and beauty of the body, all sureness and boldness of the sword, but also all genuineness and ingenuity of the understanding, are grounded in the spirit, and they rise or fall only according to the current power or powerlessness of the spirit. Spirit is what sustains and rules, the first and last, not a merely indispensable third element.
…the whole phenomenon of literati and aesthetes is just a late consequence and mutation of the spirit falsified as intelligence. Mere ingenuity is the semblance of spirit and veils its absence.
As soon as this instrumental misinterpretation of the spirit sets in, the powers of spiritual happening shift to a sphere where they can be consciously cultivated and planned.”
The author may not realize it, but he is illustrating, from a different vantage point, the distinction between knowing God in spirit versus mind, worshiping in spirit versus mind, and so on.
Our mind is a critical element in knowing about God, but our spirit is the location where we know Him.
What are your thoughts on all this?