Spiritual life and death: Eph 2:1 — You were dead in your trespasses and sins…. Eph 2:4 — But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, … (5) even when we were dead in our sins, created a living being in union with Christ.
su-zohah-poieho su = union with; zohah = living being poi-eho = to create.
Our spirits were dead in sin. We are created as new supernatural infants (new spirits) when we are born again from above (heaven/the spirit realm).
I John 5:11 — God has given us aiōnios = eternal, everlasting, forever life = zoe (spiritual life distinguished from bios which is physical life) and this life is in His Son.
(12) The one who has the Son has life = zoe = spiritual life as the one who does not have the Son of God does not have life (i.e. is spiritually dead).
2 Cor 5:17 — Since anyone in Christ, is a new creation, the old [creation] (your spirit which was dead in sin) has passed away (died), behold, the new [creation] (new spirit) has ginomai = come into being.
1 Peter 1:3 says that God "according to his abundant mercy has anagennao (ana = above — gennao = create/birth; i.e., birthed from the spirit realm through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Through the resurrection of Jesus, God has made available new birth from heaven.
1 Peter 1:23 says, "You have been ana-gennao created/born from above not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God…. We become a new creation from above by receiving the supernatural seed of God’s word.
We become a new creation in our spirit then our soul (mind, will, emotions) can be renewed and life can flow to our bodies.
When we become a new creation our spirit is sanctified (made holy): Heb 10:10 — By God’s will we (believers) have been sanctified/made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:14 — For by one offering he/Jesus has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Heb. 12:23… to the spirits of the righteous made perfect/ complete. Believers are made righteous and perfect in their spirit.
Col 2:10 — In Christ you have been made complete…. We are complete in our spirit. A complete infant.
Gal 3:26 — For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For all of you who were baptized baptidzo (immersed) into Christ have en duo sunk within (immersed) yourselves in Christ. We, in our soul and body, can sink into our spirit where we are immersed in Christ.
Eph 4:22 — In regard to your former way of life, you have put away or down apotithemi aorist tense = at a point in time the old person which corrupted itself through deceitful desires. Putting down the old person happens when we are crucified with Christ. Gal. 2:20 — I am crucified with Christ…
Eph 4:23 — …being renewed ana-neos: ana = above neos = new (made new from above/the spirit realm) in the spirit of your mind, (24a) that is because you enduo: dou = sink en = in/into; i.e. sink into the new person (new creation).
As we sink into and live out of our new nature in our spirit our spiritual mind (as opposed to our carnal mind) is made new from above/spirit realm.
(24b)…who is created in the righteousness and holiness of the truth. As a new creation we are created in the righteousness and holiness of Jesus who is the truth.
When we, in our soul and body, sink into our new person (our spirit) who is righteous and holy, then our mind and emotions are renewed, our will comes into alignment with God’s will, and life is released to our bodies.
Examples of Paul living out of his spirit
Act 17:16 — While Paul was waiting for them [Silas and Timothy] at Athens, his spirit [new created spirit] was being moved/provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. (17) So he was dialoging with others in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. (18) And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, "What would this idle babbler wish to say?" Others, said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities," — because he was proclaiming Jesus and the resurrection.
Paul was moved in his spirit to dialogue with people in the marketplace, about the gospel. Paul was not moved by his emotions or thoughts but in his spirit.
Act 18:1 — After these things Paul left Athens and went to Corinth… (4) And he was dialoging in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. (5a) And when both Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul sunecho in his spirit (new created spirit).
Sunecho = sun = together; echo = hold; sunecho = held together.
My translation: "Paul was held together by his spirit, instead of falling apart. He sunk into his new creation spirit and ministered from his spirit."
18:5b — …earnestly testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. (6) But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." In the face of persecution Paul held together (instead of falling apart) because he sunk into and lived out of his spirit.
Act 19:21 — Now after these things were finished, Paul tithēmi = sunk (range includes sink) sunk within his spirit [new created spirit] to go to Jerusalem.
Here is an example of another use of this word tithēmi: Luke 9:44 "Let these words tithēmi = sink into your ears…"
My interpretation: Paul sunk within his spirit to go to Jerusalem.
Act 20:22 "And now, behold, I am on my way to Jerusalem bound deo (deh-oh) = bind, tied, bound to one like a husband or wife in [my] spirit, [new created spirit] not knowing what will happen to me there…
Paul’s spirit was bound to Christ like a husband to his wife. 1 Cor 6:17 — The one joined to the Lord is one spirit [new created spirit] with him.
As new creation believers we can learn to sink into and live out of our spirit, where our soul (mind, emotions, and will) and our body serve our spirit.
Why don’t you practice sinking into your spirit now?