Wednesday July 27, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Spirit and Soul "

Spirit and Soul are words that scripture uses to talk to you about yourself. Have you ever stopped to think about what they stand for and how God uses them to describe your relationship with Him?

Your Spirit is something that is guided by your conscience and depending on how well you listen determines where you are headed. How well you listen is a choice that you make and feeds the soul that God has given to represent you in life.

This means that your soul is your identity and represents you as a Child of God. Your spirit is your conscience and the entity of freedom that drives you to becoming the person that you now are.

We go to Hebrews 4:12 KJV where God is addressing your Spirit and Soul; it divides them asunder through the sharpness of His Word:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.

Discerning your thoughts, your conscience guides your spirit; it reveals the intentions of your heart and formats your soul; Luke 2:35 KJV addresses and affirms:

(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

“Soul” being your identity and appearing more than 500 times in your King James Bible gives reason for you to explore the two kinds of souls that are available to you, “Mortal” and “Immortal”. Reviewing their etymology in Webster’s shows them to be opposites:

Etymology: Middle English, mortal, deadly, subject to death, from Middle French mortal, mortel, mortal, from mort-, death; akin to Latin mori, to die

“Mortal”, meaning “to die”, shows that “Immortal” means not dying and that you never face death.

Prior to being judged, all souls are “Mortal” but assuming that you are, were, or will be sanctified, your soul changes; it becomes “Immortal”.

In 1 Cor. 15:54 KJV Paul uses “Corruptible” and “Incorruptible” to demonstrate this happening:

Then this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

“Corruption” putting on “Incorruption” exemplifies your “Mortal” soul putting on “Immortality” and the expression “Death is swallowed up in victory” shows your “Mortal” soul becoming “Immortal”. You never face that second death, the death of your soul.






1 Cor. 15:54 KJV continues by giving another example of second death and its meaning:

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

With an “Immortal” soul, the second death is missing its power to sting you and your victory over it eliminates any possibility of it claiming victory as a grave for you.

Returning to the sole portion of Spirit and Soul, we observe Ezekiel 18:4 KJV showing that all souls belong to God:

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

This is an important point as the high mindedness of thinking that your soul belongs to you is ludicrous. By creating you, God is 100% in charge of determining what happens to your soul.

Rev 21:7 KJV shows overcoming to be the ticket that returns your soul to God and listening to your conscience begins the process:

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 21:8 KJV continues by showing that not listening prevents overcoming and keeps you on a path to the second death:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Listening to your conscience is the spiritual nourishment that God orders for your soul.

We now go to 2 Peter 3:9 KJV where we see just how unwilling and longsuffering God is when it comes to you suffering; He provides you a way out:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Since God and you form a majority, you may want an answer to two questions:

Do I feel God’s presence when my conscience speaks to my soul?

What plans do I have to utilize the newfound information about my Spirit and Soul that God is sharing with me?



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