6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.
16 The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
1 Corinthians 6:
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
In the New Testament there are three verses that speak of both the human spirit and the divine Spirit. John 3:6 says that our spirit is born of the divine Spirit; John 4:24 says that God is Spirit and that those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit; and Romans 8:16 says that the Spirit witnesses with our spirit.
The Human Spirit Born of the Divine Spirit
John 3:6 says, “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The first spirit in this verse is God’s Spirit, and the second is our spirit. This means that our spirit is born of God the Spirit. We need to be deeply impressed with this verse. It tells us that our spirit is born of the Spirit. How mysterious is this birth in our spirit!
The birth of the spirit in John 3:6 is not the first birth, the natural birth; it is the second birth, the spiritual birth. All the saved ones have been born twice. If you have had only one birth, you are still a fallen one, destined to perish. The first birth, from our parents, is the birth in the flesh; the second birth, from God, is the birth in our spirit.
Worshipping God in Spirit
Another precious verse about these two spirits is John 4:24. This verse says, “God is Spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and reality.” Here again we see that God is a Spirit and that we have a spirit. If we would worship God, we must worship Him in our spirit. As human beings, we have many organs: eyes for seeing, ears for hearing, a mouth for speaking and eating, a nose for smelling and breathing, hands for working, and feet for walking. In addition to all these organs, we have a spirit with which to worship God.
The Spirit Witnessing With Our Spirit
The third verse concerning the two spirits is Romans 8:16. This verse says, “The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are the children of God.” Here we see that the divine Spirit witnesses with our human spirit. Many times these two spirits talk to each other. Our spirit may say, “God is my Father,” and the divine Spirit will say, “Amen.” The divine Spirit may say, “You are a child of God,” and our spirit will say, “Hallelujah!”
We all need to become thoroughly familiar with these three verses on the two spirits. Remember, in John 3:6 our spirit is born of the Spirit; in John 4:24, our spirit worships the Spirit; and in Romans 8:16, the Spirit witnesses with our spirit. These three verses are virtually all-inclusive. In John 3:6 we are reborn, in John 4:24 we digest God and enjoy Him, and in Romans 8:16 we walk with God, live by God, and are one with God in our being. This is the Christian life, the Christian living. We live by the divine Spirit in our spirit by enjoying the divine Spirit through our spirit and by walking in our spirit in our daily living.
The Two Spirits Becoming One Spirit
First Corinthians 6:17 is a marvelous verse: “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” Here we see that these two spirits have joined to become one spirit. How profound! Have you ever realized that you can be one spirit with the Lord? If we saw this fact, we would be beside ourselves. We would say, “Hallelujah, I am one spirit with the Lord! I don’t care about my temper or about Satan. I don’t care about the demons, the scorpions, the snakes, or all the little ‘bugs.’ I am one spirit with the Lord.” There is no need to have a long face and a wrinkled brow. You need to see that you are one spirit with the Lord. If you saw this, you could never have a long face again. Rather, your face would be shining. Do you truly believe this verse? If you did, could you still be cold and silent? No, you would be beside yourself, shouting praises to the Lord and even jumping out of your seat. What could be higher or greater than being one spirit with the Lord? How wonderful it is to be one spirit with Him!
The Kernel of the Bible, Chapter 20, W. Lee