|MAN IS A THREE PART BEING
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1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 = (23) Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole
spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) He who calls you is faithful,
who also will do it.
2 The Point... We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body!
All human beings possess both material and immaterial characteristics. It is clear to the human eye, that all mankind
has a body containing flesh, blood, bones, organs etc. It is the intangible qualities of mankind that are debated. Is
mankind cut in two parts body/spirit-soul, or three parts, body/spirit/soul? To those who hold the view that
mankind is cut in two parts, body/spirit-soul, the opinion is that the soul and the spirit in the bible are interchangeable
terms, the soul equals the spirit and both are ego (the self/individual). There is a measure of truth to this view
which is why we say that it is impossible to be dogmatic. There are good arguments for both views. We
trust that things will become clear as we go along in this study.
What does scripture say about this debate?
To get a correct answer, we must go back to the creation of man in Genesis 2:7, which states that man was created a
living soul. And consider Numbers 16:22 that names God as the God of all spirits. Proverbs 4:23 indicates that the
heart is central to man’s will and emotions. So somehow, the soul, spirit, heart, and mind are connected and
interrelated. Man was created as a network (a system of interconnected - co-operating parts). The soul and
the spirit without argument are the primary immaterial aspects of humanity.
The verse that we believe to be key to this debate, is Hebrews 4:12 which reads in the NKJV: For the word of God is
living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints
and marrow, and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The KJV reads: dividing assunder of soul
and spirit, which means to part, to disunite, difference between, portion (strongs 3311, 3307, 3313).
From this we learn that the soul and the spirit while closely connected, are separable! The soul and the spirit can be
divided. The NT never confuses the two as though they were the same. Not only are these terms different; their very
natures are different from each other.
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