The Reality of the Soul
All glory to the Living God who prepared these words for His disciples
and servants to understand.
We have read in the word and understand that we are made up of spirit soul
and body, not so.
It came to this writer that these were never really understood and as we
walk along that road the cares of the world and tensions of modern living
cause us to live more in the reality of the body than that of the soul
It is only in that quiet time with the Lord and the word when we close
the door of our closet and leave all the cares of Satan's kingdom outside,
that our spirits can commune with God in a meaningful manner and He can
fill our souls with the beauty of His love.
It is hoped that in the following words by various writers; and the Word,
you shall receive a fuller understanding of just who you are:
You do not possess a soul, you are a soul. This thing that we call a soul
is really you - the you that loves, hates, fears, thinks, feels. This is
the you that is independent of your body. You posses a body as a "space
suit" in which you must live as long as you are on this planet earth. You
do not need this body to live. The Genesis account tells us that God created
man a "living soul". That is why we can say that when our bodies die our
souls live on. If anything the physical body is a dispensable part of the
soul. Instead of the physical body housing the soul, the soul houses the
physical body, until that body cannot sustain itself any longer. But the
soul lives on forever.
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy, the stuff of which
the universe is made, can neither be created nor destroyed. Two conclusions
follow: (1) the total energy in the universe remains constant; and (2)
energy must be self-existent and eternal - exactly what the Bible says
about God. Is science promoting energy as "God"?
The second law of thermodynamics states that while total energy remains
constant, usable energy and order continually decrease as entropy increases.
Common sense tells us that all fires eventually burn out. Neither our sun
nor the other stars could have been burning forever. There must have been
a time when neither the stars nor the energy of which they consist existed.
Clearly, the universe had a beginning, as the Bible declares: "In the beginning....."
The conflict between these two laws poses a serious problem for science.
Energy could not have been here forever as the first law implies, or, according
to the second, ages ago it would have reached the state of maximum entropy,
but it hasn't. The contradiction can be resolved in only one way: since
energy could not have been created by any means known to science, yet has
not always existed, it must have been created by God.
Matter, life and intelligence could not arise spontaneously from nothing.
Therefore, all that now exists was created either by a self-existent eternal
energy, or by a self-existent eternal Person. The first choice
is eliminated by the second law of thermodynamics, because energy
itself and all things it produces deteriorate. Furthermore, whereas energy
is physical, there is a demonstrable non-physical dimension to human existence.
Nor could energy, being impersonal, create personal beings such as man.
We are driven to the conclusion that some One always existed, an
infinite Person without beginning or end, who is capable of creating
out of nothing the entire universe and all the creatures in it, including
man. Our finite mind cannot conceive of God always having existed. Yet
we know He must exist eternally or nothing could exist. And He must
be outside of time. . . . . . . .
We have proved in the past that man is a nonphysical soul and spirit living
in a physical body ("I pray God your whole spirit soul and body..."-1 Thess
5:23). Bodies, being material, are subject to the second law above, begin
to die from birth, deteriorate and eventually turn to dust: "... dust thou
art and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen 3:19)
But the spiritual part of man which thinks and makes choices - man's soul
and spirit, invisible to physical eyes - is not subject to entropy and
must continue to exist forever. As Paul declared " for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal"
(2 Cor 4:18). The fact that death does not end human existence carries
awesome eternal consequences. God is perfectly holy and by His very nature
must punish sin by banishing the sinner from His presence.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus
Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
When I look back and read of the early Christians, I am charmed to find
how they always felt about dying. They had such a sense of dying in Jesus,
such a sense of the reality of the Heavenly Home, such a sense of the glory
of the future state, that they could take their children, and put them,
as it were, into the hands of God, and rejoice and sing hymns of gratulation
that they were about to go; and they could meet together over their dead
as men meet to celebrate a great victory. This feeling is lost out of the
Church; it is largely lost out of men's apprehension; and it seems to me
that it will be one of the beneficent features in the development of Christianity
in our age, and in the future ages, to bring back again in the experience
of men, the beauty of death, the triumph of death and the overhanging light
and glory that ought to destroy that darkness which to us, for the most
part, envelopes the door of the grave.
When we comprehend the fullness of what death will do for us, in all our
outlook and in all our forelook, dying is triumphing. Not any bower of
roses is so festooned in June. Not where the jessamine and honeysuckle
twine, and lovers sit, is there so fair a sight, so sweet a prospect, as
where a soul in its early years is flying away, out of life and out of
time, through the gate of death - the rosy gate of death, the royal gate
of death, the golden gate of death, the pearly gate of death.
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. (Hebrews
The words often on Jesus' lips in his last days express vividly the idea,
"Going to the Father". We too, who are Christ's people, have vision of
something beyond the difficulties and disappointments of this life. We
are journeying toward fulfilment, completion, expansion of life. We, too,
are "going to the Father". Much is dim concerning our home country, but
two things are clear. It is home, "the Father's House." It is the nearer
presence of the Lord. We are all wayfarers, but the believer knows it
and accepts it. He is a traveller, not a settler.
The words of Jesus, while speaking of men and women of the world:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall
not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall
hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as
the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life
in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because
he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the
which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth;
they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that
have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self
do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek
not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I
bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth
witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is
true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive
not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season
to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of
John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same
works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And
the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have
neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not
his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search
the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are
they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have
life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the
love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not:
if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye
believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that
cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the
Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom
ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he
wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But
every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that
are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have
delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put
down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed
is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he
saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted,
which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued
unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put
all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they
do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are
they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die
daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus,
what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for
to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of
God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How
are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool,
that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which
thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it
may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a
body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh
is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh
of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another
of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:
but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the
terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and
another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one
star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the
resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness;
it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual
body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it
is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was
made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is
the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also
that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also
that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall
also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit
incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but
we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality. So when 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. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is
thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin
is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
(1 Corinthians 15:22-58)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto
you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten
us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye
greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much
more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus
Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
(1 Peter 1:1-9)
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according
to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(1 Peter 1:17)
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they
speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which
they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
(1 Peter 2:12)
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which
is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the
Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness
and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you,
as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation
in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer
for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered
for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being
put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
(1 Peter 3:13-18)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath
ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time
in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time
past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the
Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings,
banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that
ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of
you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick
and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that
are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but
live according to God in the spirit.
(1 Peter 4:1-6)
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch
as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and
of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your
part he is glorified.
(1 Peter 4:12-14)
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely
be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let
them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their
souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
(1 Peter 4:17-19)
Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said,
I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out
of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou
hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed
me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I
am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed
me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the
bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for
ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came
in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities
forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice
of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is
of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah
upon the dry land.
Were you ever taught by someone in your church that much of the Bible is
just fable for the purpose of illustration and the above passage was one
of these fables? Fancy anyone being able to live for three days and nights
in the belly of a fish, deep down in the sea. The water pressure alone
would surely kill. [???]
Jesus didn't think that this was a fable:
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master,
we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An
evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no
sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man
be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh
shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because
they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas
Looking at the passage in Jonah again makes one think of the experiences
of many people, who, as survivors of an aircraft crash or the sinking of
a boat in the wilderness, in desperation for the saving of their bodies,
make all sorts of promises to God, promises which most of them never keep.
You will notice that Jonah was in a very similar position, except that
he prayed for his eternal soul before the God which he knew, repenting
of his rebellion - and thereafter he did that which was commanded of him,
even though he hated doing it.
When you go on holiday for a much needed rest:
Is it to rest your body from the stresses of daily living? Yes.
Is it to rest your soul from the same stresses as well as those imposed
by the god of this world? Indeed yes.
Does this passage have new significance to you perhaps?
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his
birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man,
or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither
hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should
be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while
it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the
world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he
spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes
of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go,
wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)
He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours
therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said,
Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said,
He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they
unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that
is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go
to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received
Please hold this tightly to you at all times:
I cannot die!
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According
to your faith be it unto you.