You aren’t in the process of trying to get anything from God. Everything you’ll ever need in the Christian life is already present in its entirety in your spirit!… The rest of your Christian life isn’t learning how to get from Him but rather discovering how to release what He’s already placed within! (Andrew Wommack, Spirit, Soul & Body, p. 9-10, 16)
Continuing on from here, one way of reconciling and understanding how one can have everything in Christ yet still need to ask for “more” is through understanding Andrew Wommack’s Spirit, Soul & Body model. I call it Wommack’s model not because it originated from him or because it’s unique to him, but because he’s one of the clearest exponents of it that I’ve come across – and I learned it from him. Wommack argues that when we’re born again, our spirits are perfected but not our soul and body. All the New Covenant truths are true even if we don’t feel it – because they are true of our spirits. We may not experience or feel the perfection because what we feel is normally in the realm of the body and soul, whereas the perfection is in our spirit. That’s why we still struggle (in our soul and body) a lot and don’t minister like Jesus, etc. To experience more perfection in our soul and body, we are to grow and bring these from the spirit and into the soulish and physical realms.
Therefore, the “more” and the “growing” is all about living out that perfection that is already in our spirits – i.e. bringing more of that perfection from our spirits into our soul and body. We’re not getting “more” of something we don’t already have in Christ in our spirit. We have everything in Christ already in our spirits. The “more” is in releasing more (of the everything we have in Christ in our spirit) into our soul and body. That’s why Mike Reyes’ response to me about the place for asking more was that the “more” is in “seeing” more, not in “getting” more – for we already have everything in Christ. But how do we “see” more (perfection, healing, joy, peace, etc.)? We’ll see more healings when we get more of the everything we have in our spirits to flow out of our spirits (through our minds – that’s why renewal of the mind is imperative – Rom. 12:2) to our bodies and into the other person’s body. Wommack’s tripartite model of spirit, soul and body is an interesting way of looking at it. As in all models, it may not be perfect, but could help in us understanding things. And it helps us understand what the “more” is. Whether one adopts Wommack’s model or not, one can’t deny that there is still a sense in which there’s “more” for Christians. Yes, we have everything in Christ, but there’s still somehow “more” for us – more of releasing or tapping upon this everything that’s already in us.
I’ll try in a subsequent post in this series to touch on how one can release and live out that perfection that is already in our spirits. While I like the theoretical stuff, I love the practical too and this (how one can live out that perfection) is something I’ve been reflecting upon and learning about the past few months – and trying to practice too!
P.S.: At this moment in my Christian life, I’m quite influenced by the above model and way of seeing things. Of course there’s so much to learn about this area (as in all areas!). I’m aware that there are different views out there in relation to this topic (which is closely related to Sanctification). In the first place, many theologians – e.g. the Reformed-Charismatic Wayne Grudem – would argue against viewing a person in a tripartite fashion. I’m sure that different views result in different applications and practices for the Christian and so it’s important to get one’s understanding right. I’m certainly no expert in this area, nor have I reflected enough on this. But I think in general Scripture does point to the New Covenant truths of having everything in Christ, yet also points to the need for “more” in a Christian’s life. And I think Wommack’s model is helpful when trying to understand how to reconcile the two.