Matthew 10:28 Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
There are four terms used in the Bible for the immaterial soul: soul, spirit, hidden person and inner self. A The Bible also uses terms that describe five functions of the immaterial soul: will, mind, conscience, heart– [as the emotional or moral control center] and flesh– [when indwelling sin is described]. B
These nine different terms point to the diverse functioning of the internal immaterial aspect of humans. None of these can be identified by the five senses of the body; sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. In fact, the five senses of the body provide information that the soul receives and acts on. After receiving, analyzing and interpreting the information the soul initiates new commands for action by the body.
As a result we can say the soul is the initiator of commands and the body takes appropriate actions while there is a constant and incredibly fast flow of information back and forth between the body and soul. This also applies to moral action where the Bible may use heart instead of soul. C You can think of other times where the Bible uses the other eight terms for soul.
After the fall by Adam and Eve our bodies and the universe are groaning from the corruption imposed by God as punishment; so our bodies fail our soul. D Our soul sins and fails the body by sending information to the body to take actions that are sinful. E For how to have peace with God click here.
Notes: A- Psalm 6:3, 1 Samuel 1:15, 1 Peter 3:4, 2 Corinthians 4:16; B- John7:17, Colossians 1:21, 1 Corinthians 8:12, John 14:1, Romans 8:5, Galatians 5:19-21; C- Proverbs 4:23; D- Romans 8:20-23; E- For complete discussion of this concept see chapter 7 of “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Heath Lambert. To order click here.
Henry Luke 4/8/2018
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