Spirit,Soul & Body…30.06.2021

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Functions of Spirit, Soul & Body:

Through the body man is coming in contact with the material world. The body is “world-consciousness”  The soul comprises the intellect and emotions coming from our senses. The soul belong to man is called “self-consciousness”. The spirit is the part by which alone we are able to connect to God and is called the element of “God-consciousness”. God dwells in the spirit, self dwells in the soul and senses dwell in the body.

The spirit is the meeting place of the spirit and body. By his spirit man hold intercourse with the spiritual world and with the Spirit of God. Through his body man is in contact with the outside sensuous world, effecting it and being effected by it. The soul stands between these two worlds, yet belongs to both. It is linked with the spiritual world through the spirit and with the material world through the body. It also possesses the power of free will and is able to choose from its environments. The spirit cannot act directly upon the body. It needs a medium and that medium is the soul. The soul stands between the spirit and the body, binding these two together. The spirit can subdue the body through the medium of the soul, so that it will obey God. Likewise the body through the soul can draw the spirit into loving the world. The work of the soul is to keep these two in their proper order so that they may not loose their right relationship, namely that the lowest, the body, maybe subjected to the spirit, and that the highest, the spirit, may govern the body through the soul.

Before man committed sin the power of the soul was completely under the dominion of the spirit. The spirit cannot act itself upon the body, it can also do so through the soul and we see in Luke 1:46 & 47…”my soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour” The soul contains the will, the intellect and emotions of man. As the spirit communicate with the spiritual world and the body with the natural world, the soul stands between and decide whether the spiritual or the natural world should reign. Sometimes the soul can reign and take control through the intellect. In order for the spirit to govern, the soul must give its consent, otherwise the spirit is helpless to regulate the soul and the body. It is only when the soul is willing to take humble position that the spirit ever manage the whole man. If the soul rebels against  taking such a position the spirit will be powerless to rule. This explain the meaning of free will of man.

W. Nee

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