Dr. Charles Stanley’s preaching and books continue to minister abundant life in Christ to countless viewers, listeners and readers. He teaches from a perspective of the new covenant, and the believer’s union with Christ. Stanley’s messages clarify biblical applications through the spirit/soul/body understanding of man. This is a note on 1 Thessalonians 5:23 in his Life Principles Bible.
1 Thess. 5:23 — May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Every person is composed of a spirit (the innermost part), a soul (the inner man), and the body (the outer component). Unfortunately, unsaved people cannot relate to God through any of these aspects because they are sinful and limited. Although they may have some general knowledge about the Lord, they cannot fellowship with Him. So Jesus died to save every part of us—so that we can know Him fully, even as we are fully known (1 Cor. 13:12).