Understanding The Demands Of Matthew 22:36-40 (Part 2)—The Soul

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Understanding The Demands Of Matthew 22:36-40 (Part 2)—The Soul

And the Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7

The part of God that when breathed upon man, makes man became a living being, or soul (Genesis 2:7b).

Over and over again in Scripture, people are referred to as “souls” (Exodus 31:14; Proverbs 11:30). The human soul is that part of a person that is eternal—the part that lives on after the body dies and decays. Jesus said we were not to fear men, who can only kill the body, but not the soul (Matthew 10:28).
There is some confusion as to whether the human spirit and the human soul are the same thing, or different in some way. While the Bible is not entirely clear on this point, there is evidence of at least some subtle differences. The spirit is described more in terms of invisible force in motion John 3:8, a dynamo of power infused by God, while the soul seems to be a static entity. Again, there is very little in the Bible to tell us what differences exist between the two, there is indication that they are separate entities (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). Spirit beings do not have a soul except they take on human flesh like Jesus Christ did.

His soul experienced anguish at Gethsemane while He prayed before going to the cross. He said, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Matthew 26:36-46).

The Messianic psalm also speaks of the soul of the Messiah, saying that his soul will not be abandoned to Sheol, nor his body to corruption, or decay (Psalm 16:9-10; Acts 13:35-37). It is clear that when Ezekiel 18:4 speaks, it refers to what happened, when God sent Adam and Eve out of His presence, out of the garden of Eden in Genesis 3. The separation of the soul because of his rejection of God’s instructions is the death of the soul! The human soul can be strong or weak (2 Peter 2:14), saved or lost (James 1:21; Ezekiel 18:4).

It was created by God (Jeremiah 38:16). The human soul:

  • Needs the protection, purification, and atonement of God (Leviticus 17:11; 1 Peter 1:22); nothing can remove that stain that separates the soul from God but the precious blood of Jesus Christ; and recognizing that the human soul
  • Is imperishable, and every human soul will be somewhere for eternity (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46) what a sobering thought—every person you have ever met is a soul, living in a body, and that soul will last forever. Some will reject the love of God and as a result they will have to pay for their own sins with death (Romans 6:23), and since the soul is eternal, it will be an eternal death.

Those who accept the free gift of forgiveness and Christ’s atoning sacrifice will experience the opposite—eternal life and peace, in heaven (Psalm 23:2) if they do not throw away their confidence in the finished work of the cross, the shedding of the blood that atoned for sin (Hebrews 10:35). — Culled from CompellingTruth

Dearly beloved, what is the status of your soul? Still warped by sin! This is the time to return to the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and keep your soul prim and proper in putting away the works of sin for you are no longer servant to sin. Shalom

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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