Great question. There is almost nothing more frustrating than coming into the full knowledge of what the Torah is and what a blessing it is to follow God and keep His commandments only to have your family shoot it, and you, down. You go from having a pretty good relationship to feeling like you now have some rare disease whose only remedy involves them arguing with you and treating you like a black sheep.
Close your eyes. Now think of a cabin in the woods. Visualize your family inside sitting on the couches. You walk in the door, wave at them, and say, “Hi.”
Today is the 153rd day since I have been incarcerated. The number 153, as I have stated before, has been a significant number in my journey. My case number was 153, I had the ankle bracelet on for exactly 153 days, so I was excited to see what the Father would have planned on this very special day.
Now that we are starting to understand the difference between the soul and the spirit of a man, the difference between the “spiritual” Word and the “physical” Word, the desire of the Spirit for us to receive the wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Him, we can continue in Ephesians chapter two and discover where this authority and spirit man actually reside.
Today, the average believer spends all of his time trying to “please God” by DOING things (Bible study, going to church, being obedient, memorizing scripture, etc.) that all grow the SOUL of a man closer to what it was in the beginning but leave the spirit of a man as weak as a child. (Maybe psychologists aren’t far off when they say we have an “inner child”…) Even most “giants” in the body of Christ, those who know the word, are obedient to it and are leading many into the Kingdom, are babes in the Spirit because they don’t know that the soul of a man is completely separate from the spirit and both are fed differently. Like the Northern Kingdom of Israel in bible times, it was connected to but distinctly different from the Southern Kingdom of Judah, so the soul is connected to but is distinctly different from the spirit.