God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Today we continue our discussion on our design and how God created us in His image. We have already spent a little time discussing our body and its primary function. It provides a means for us to interact with the world around us. Our soul is the next component I’d like to cover.
The soul is the part of us that contains our thoughts, will and emotions. Wikipedia states that the Soul or psyche (Greek: “psyühē”, of “psychein”, “to breathe”) are the mental abilities of a living being: reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception, thinking, etc.
Hebrews 4:12 states, “The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow and is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
This passage of scripture clearly supports that the soul and spirit are two individual, separate components of a person’s make up. When I was reading this verse I found the examples contained within it very interesting.
Did you know that bone marrow is responsible for creating the cells that make up your blood? And joints are responsible for movement and stability in the body. Therefore one is meant to give life and the other is meant to help support life. In fact, in Leviticus 17:10-14, blood is described as the source of life.
When you consider the division of joint and marrow alongside of the division of soul and spirit there seems to be an underlying clue as to the intended function for the soul and spirit as well.
1 John 5:12 says, “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” And Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
If Spirit equals life as these verses state, then isn’t it possible that the soul was meant to function in a supportive role like the joints? I ask this because I have spent far too many years letting my thoughts and emotions rule over me when what I really needed was the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If you’ve ever made a hasty decision in the heat of the moment, you can probably relate.
This leads us to the intended purpose of the soul, which is that it allows us to relate to ourselves and to the other people in our lives. This is accomplished through our thoughts, our emotions and our decisions.
In our next post we will discuss our spirit and it’s intended function. Until then, glow on sweet friends!