Wednesday January 17, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
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"Understanding Your Soul "

Have you ever asked yourself this question: what is my soul? God utilizes the word “soul” 501 times in the King James Bible and this makes your bible the best source for better understanding this important subject.

When considering how your soul came into existence, you must go to the book of Revelation to find out why you were created. Rev 4:11 KJV reads:

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

God’s children are made differently with each of you having your own set of fingerprints and your own DNA. He made you just like you are because He wanted someone just like you. You have a soul and a spirit which most people consider inseparable yet God’s word reveals this not to be the case. Hebrews 4:12 KJV clarifies:

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.

God was Christ in the flesh and Christ is the word; so sharp that it separates your soul and spirit enabling Him to discern your inner thoughts. The gospel of Luke solidifies this point as Luke 2:35 KJV reveals:

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

God reads your mind! He’s the only one that can discern your spirit by looking into your heart and reading your thoughts. Your spirit is your intellect: the thought process that separates your soul from others. He notices your actions when they project your spirit to others. It may be something as simple as your smile lighting a stranger’s day: as their return expression shows you their uplifted spirit. Your spirit is projected by your soul which sometimes becomes a powerful force.

Your soul is your identity. In short it’s you. Your soul is either mortal or immortal. You discover the difference by going to your dictionary for the etymology of the word mortal. Webster’s reads:


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

Mortal means liable to die and your mortal soul remains mortal until you’ve passed judgment. After passing judgment, your soul becomes immortal: it can’t die as it’s indestructible. The apostle Paul explains immortal souls in 1 Cor. 15:54-55 KJV which reads:






[54] 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.

[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Paul stings you with the clarity of God’s truth: Death has no sting because death has no power over you; you’ve passed judgment and your mortal soul has put on immortality. Your immortal soul (by definition) cannot face death.

God’s Word goes to great lengths to help you understand your soul as He wants you to see yourself as He sees you.

God’s Word also informs you that you needn’t concern yourself with giving your soul to Him because He already owns it! Ezekiel 18:4 KJV is where you learn this truth:

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.

All souls do belong to God but overcoming sin is your responsibility. God tells you how and His requirements are simple; His forgiveness follows your repentance and on judgment day, your mortal soul takes on immortality. Believers overcome by repenting. You don’t have to ask if you’ve been forgive; you’ll feel it! The book of Revelation reveals this as Rev 21:7-8 KJV reports to you:

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

[8] 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.

Mortal souls are subjected to the second death; the lake of fire. Believers understand repenting, God’s open willingness to forgive their sins. You can’t repent too many times as it’s for this reason Christ shed His blood for you. He forgives you over and over and over and again and again and again!

God wants you with Him in the eternity and the way you get there bears repeating: Repenting works! It’s never repetitious and it never becomes boring. It always removes sin which is required for you to be found in The Book of Life. Doing this replaces your mortal soul with an immortal soul on judgment day. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV reinforces this truth:

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.

God is longsuffering as His lighted pathway remains open for your mortal soul to take on immortality

Do you seek this path?



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