What is the Human Soul?

What is the human soul as revealed in the Bible?

The soul is your psychological part composed of your mind, will, and emotion. It’s the part of your inner being created by God for the purpose of reflecting and expressing Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24 ——-Hebrews 4:12

Listen to what Mary the mother Jesus said after she became pregnant with Jesus,

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has exulted in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)

First, her spirit exulted in God her Savior. That indicates that she contacted God with her spirit. Then, her soul magnified the Lord, that is, she expressed Him.

So you can see from this verse that there is a  difference between the soul and spirit of man. They are two different parts, each possessing their God-created purpose.

However, due to man’s fall, both parts–spirit and soul–were severely damaged, losing their God-created function. Our spirit became deadened, unable to contact and receive God and our soul was ruined unable to reflect and express God.

This inherited defect of soul, left us with a soul sickness that needs God’s healing through our cooperation.

I will describe three parts of your soul from the Bible along with three practical points for healing Soul sickness. By such a dealing your soul can become useful in fulfilling its God-created function of reflecting and expressing Christ.

Your soul is composed of three parts—mind, will and emotion

If we’re going to reflect and express Christ through our soul, it first helps to see how God made our soul with three parts–mind, will and emotion.

First, your mind is the part of your soul that knows, considers, and remembers.

Psalm 139:14 says, “Your works are wonderful, and my soul knows it well.” Also, in Lamentations 3:20 it says,My soul remembers them well…”  This indicates our mind is part of our soul because knowing and remembering are both functions of the mind.  God gave us a mind to know Him, consider His works, and to understand and remember His Word.

Second, your will is the part of your soul that makes decisions, chooses, refuses, and seeks.

Job 7:15 says So that my soul would choose…”  and Job 6:7 My soul refuses…”  Since choosing and refusing are functions of our will, it’s clear that our will is also a part of our soul. God gave us a free will so that we could choose Him and the divine will and refuse Satan and the satanic will. This is why the Bible can end by saying in Revelation 22:17“Let him who wills take the water of life freely.”

Third, your emotion is the part of your soul that expresses love, hatred, joy, grief, and desire.

In 1 Samuel 30:6 it says that “the soul of all the people was bitter…” and in Song of Songs 1:7 it says, “you whom my soul loves.”  Since bitterness and love are both emotions, this proves that emotions are part of the soul. God gave us emotions so that we can love Him and rejoice in Him and hate sin, Satan and all that issues from the satanic source.

God’s remedy for your soul sickness and how to apply it

Now that you’ve seen the parts of your soul from the Bible you might be asking, “How can my soul be healed of its sickness and restored to its God-created function of reflecting and expressing the Lord?”

Remember what I said before about the damage to your soul through the fall of man. In its fallen, natural state, your soul can not reflect or express the Lord, rather it is a hindrance to Him.

In Matthew 16 there is a case of Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, rebuking Him for mentioning that He would soon go to the cross and die. Peter said, “Lord! This shall by no means happen to You!”  He blurted out a rebuke to frustrate the Lord from going to the cross. This was against God’s plan that Christ should die on the cross to accomplish redemption for us.

Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God but on the things of men. Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself…” Matt. 16:24

So we should never think that our soul–our natural mind, will and emotion are suitable for God’s purpose.

Rather, we need to take three basic steps in order for our soul to be healed so that it can fulfill its God-created function:

  1. Deny your soul

First, we need to learn to deny our self, our fallen soul–our natural mind, emotion and will.  This is like the Lord telling Peter, “You are not setting your mind on the things of God…”  Then He told His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me let him deny himself...”  

We need to stop ourselves, reject our natural reactions with our natural thought, choice and feeling and turn deeply to the Lord in our spirit by calling on His name.

  1. Purify your soul

Second, we need to allow the Lord to purify our soul. After denying our natural soul, or self, we still need our soul to be purified by the Word of God.  In 1 Pet 1:22 it says,

“Since you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…”

This purifying is like the cleansing by the washing of the water in the Word in Ephesians 5:26. If we want our natural soul to be purified, we need to spend more time in God’s Word to be washed. This is a real healing to our soul sickness.

  1. Be transformed in your soul

Third, we need to cooperate with Lord so that He can transform our soul. Not only do we need to read the Bible, but we need to spend adequate time in the Lord’s presence, beholding Him and having fellowship with Him in prayer, so that He can renew our mind and transform our soul into His image. Paul said,

“But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.” 

In this way, our soul can be healed to reflect the Lord, expressing Him as God originally planned. “Lord, thank you for creating me with a spirit to receive You and a soul to reflect and express You.  Lord teach me to deny my self–my natural mind, will and emotion. Purify my soul daily by the washing of the water in Your Word. That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…Ephesian 5:26. May each part of my soul–my mind, my emotion and my will–be transformed by Your Spirit so that I can reflect You and You can be expressed through me.”

 

Tomorrow: Your soul is the bridge between the spirit world and the Physical world.

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