A lot of Christians think that we have a spirit (often called a soul) and a body, but nothing else. They do not understand that we indeed are a spirit which lives in a body, but also has a soul. Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. These things are not born again when a person accepts Christ, and can remain a dwelling place for unclean desires, weaknesses, and yes, unclean spirits. Now while the Bible does use the words spirit and soul interchangeably, it does make a clear distinction between the two:
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We also find other passages in the Bible which discern a difference between our spirit and our soul:
1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Now for some good stuff…
Did you know that if you accepted Jesus and you only had a spirit, then all your dirt and unclean desires, lustful thinking, bondages, weaknesses, addictions, etc. would go all at once, because the Bible says that we are a new creature if we are in Christ?
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This is because your spirit man is born again the moment you accept Christ, all things become new and the old things pass away. However, our minds, wills and emotions (known as our soul) are not born again, but transformed as we renew our minds according to the Word of God, turn away from sinful ways, receive the healing touch of God in our lives, and receive deliverance from any unclean spirits that have taken residence in us.
This is why believers do not shed all their sinful, evil, and dark bondages (thoughts, weaknesses, struggles, etc.) the moment they accept Christ, and furthermore, this is why there may be deliverance needed from unclean spirits in a person’s life long after they’ve accepted Christ.