What does the Bible mean when it speaks of the salvation of the soul?

I want to touch on something that goes on a lot in Christianity. Many camps of Protestants are divided over Biblical truths no matter how many recognized positions of Bible scholars and theologians may be referenced in support of their beliefs. The error camps make in the noble effort to understand God’s Word is called “illegitimate totality transfer,” which is the assignment of a “meaning” to a word or phrase regardless of context.  Certain words, such as “save” and “life,” are often subject to this type of misapplication of meaning.

In brief, the salvation of the soul (soul-salvation) as seen in various passages throughout the New Testament.

  1. (Matthew 16:26, 27
  2. Romans 8:13 + Galatians 5:19-21. emphaise “being saved” soul salvation
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18
  4. Hebrews 10:35-39
  5. 1 Peter 1:3-9
  6. James 1:21; 5:20), is an aspect of salvation distinct from salvation of the spirit
  7. spirit-salvation; John 3:5-7; 16-18
  8. Acts 16:30, 31
  9. Ephesians 2:8, 9 this includes the eventual salvation of the body
  10. Romans 8:23
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. which distinctions are purposely and rigidly maintained by the Holy Spirit throughout the Word, embodies the following characteristics:

(1) It involves only the soul-component of a person, as opposed to his spirit and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12); the soul being his life now (sanctification) and, specifically, its relevance (i.e., rewards or lack thereof [suffering]) to the millennial kingdom — the rule and reign over the earth by Christ for one thousand years to be established at His Second Advent.

(2) Although soul-salvation, like spirit-salvation, is based on (made possible by) Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, it may be secured only after a person comes to the cross — placing one’s faith alone in Christ alone for one’s personal and eternal salvation, which is spirit-salvation.

(3) Whereas spirit-salvation is a past, completed act (a one-time act of the will when a person places his faith in Christ) that results in a secured (guaranteed) eternal possession; where does the word of God state this:

  1. 2 Cor. 1:22
  2. 2 Cor. 5:5
  3. 1:14

soul-salvation is a present, continuous process that, when and if completed successfully, results in a future, inherited possession.

(4) Whereas spirit-salvation is a free gift totally apart from any works by man, soul-salvation is obtained by the production of divine good-works — perseverance in faithfulness and bearing the fruit of the Spirit by (through) the person himself.

(5) Whereas spirit-salvation is totally the work of the Holy Spirit, soul-salvation is a shared work between the Holy Spirit and the person who has passed from death to life through faith in Christ Jonah 2:9.

(6) Whereas spirit-salvation involves only the judgment of sin in the person of Christ on the cross at Calvary, soul-salvation involves the judgment of the believer (his temporal life of faithfulness or lack thereof) at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Bema seat Mat. 27:19; 2 Cor.5:10.

(7) Whereas spirit-salvation has eternal verities in view, soul-salvation has millennial verities in view.

What does verities mean? Verity designates the quality of a state or thing that is exactly what is purports to be or accords completely with facts <test the verity of his remarks> or refers to things felt to be of lasting, ultimate, or transcendent truth.

 

Summary.

Therefore, the term “salvation” in its full context means not only receiving God’s Life in our spirits, but also renewing every part of our soul and body as well.  This takes time and effort.

The first step in salvation (justification) gives us peace and satisfaction and joy.  The second step in the process of full salvation (the sanctification of our soul) gives us the power to overcome sin and self, receive personal deliverance from the enemy and the freedom to walk in God’s way.  Many Christians, however, take only the first step (justification).

Like the Israelites, they only put the blood on the door-posts of their house (Exodus 12:22), but they forget to purge the leaven from their lives (sanctification).  They trust God for the salvation of their spirits, but they fail to declare war on their flesh.  Consequently, they prevent the power of God from doing the work of sanctification in their lives.

Complete salvation is not only believing in the Lord, it also includes walking with the Lord, overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil and enduring to the end.  Again, a lifelong process.  First, we are saved (in our spirit) from the penalty of sin; next, we are saved (in our soul) from the power of sin, and finally, we are saved (in our body) from the presence of sin.

Our spirit is saved by God at the time of our new birth; our body is redeemed by God at the time of the rapture and translation; but the salvation (or the transformation) of our soul by the Holy Spirit is dependent upon and determined by the individual himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emasculated liars, policy makers, and useful idiots

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“To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”

— Theodore Dalrymple, from Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

In context, that quote was originally used in a passage about political correctness as communist propaganda but, I think, it makes sense to use it to make a social and moral point too.

To understand where I’m coming from you need to understand that I firmly believe that our society has devolved to this.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

— Romans 1:24-25

Even if you’re not a Bible believing Christian, it’s hard to make a case that our society has not exchanged universal truths for manufactured progressive lies and replaced religion with progressive ideology. I would ad that it’s also hard to make the case that many have not been “given over” to the point that they can’t tell the difference between truth and lies.

I also believe that American society, on the progressive side anyway, is divided into three segments.

1. Liberal elite policy makers

— These are the topmost people in power whose agenda, disguised as giant societal leaps forward, is born of evil, rooted in lies, and foisted on the masses using evil and dishonest means.

2. Enablers

— These are; politicians, professors, celebrities, media outlets, etc. who serve as cogs in the progressive social change machine. They have assented to obvious (obvious to those who have not been given over) lies and are willing to cooperate with evil to an evil end.

3. Useful idiots

— These are the emasculated and easy to control liars who are unable to resist anything anyone in the other segments tells them.

 

CHRISTIANS WHO HATE TRUMP

They are the Christians who hate Trump.  Let’s call it for what it is: hate.  It is their hate—strange for professed Christians—that dulls their ability to see the inaccuracy of their comments and their myopic views.

One sanctimonious ranting Christian said, “there’s nothing Biblical about Trump.”  Actually, there’s nothing Biblical about that statement.  The prophet Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar.  Daniel recognized the role a pagan king played in God’s unfolding drama.  The church’s ability to work with Trump is totally Biblical.

Now I must clarify, lest I incur the wrath of Trump supporters.  I am not calling Trump a pagan king—I’m sure he much more moral than his enemies know—I am saying that if Daniel could work with Nebbie, how much more we can work with the Don.

I tried hard to figure out believers who hate Trump.  Our side won a long overdue and miraculous victory and they choose to aid and abet the other side.  Is it because their favorite “Christian” didn’t win and they are sour grapes?

And why didn’t these conservative Christians hold Reagan to the same standard?  They adored him even while Nancy was studying horoscopes in the White House.

They didn’t require any president to be a squeaky-clean pastor until Trump.

Yeah, his tweets can be a bit much.  And okay, president Trump is not as smooth as Reagan…but, maybe we don’t need smooth right now.

But there is something else that is really strange, (hypocritical is more like it) why didn’t these guardians of morality speak out against Obama?  T.D. Jakes even attacked Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s Christian Faith.  Told him not to judge a brother.  Hold that thought as we explore another question…

How could you not question Obama’s Christianity?  Obama begged the question by dropping the Christian card whenever it suited him (something Trump never does).   Meanwhile, Barack fought for same sex marriage, late term abortion, and was the most Biblically hostile president in our history.

Click on this link to see the list of his acts of hostility toward Christians   https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ

Back to Jakes.  So why do so many Christian leaders—who said it was wrong to judge Obama—judge Trump?

Trump is not a pastor.  He is a businessman who loves America.  As far as his faith?  I am not qualified to determine his spiritual depth since I’ve never had the chance to meet the man.

“He is like Hitler and the church is being fooled” said another comment.  Please remove your tinfoil hats and listen.  Hitler never had 98% of the media against him.  Trump has never called for a new constitution.  Hitler never tried to protect Israel.  I could go on and on.

Maybe if Trump had been the first president to address the march for life.  Maybe if he had chosen an on fire born-again vice president.  Maybe if he has rescinded executive orders that banned federal funds from Christian organizations.  Maybe if he overruled the Johnson Amendment that banned the free speech of pastors.  Maybe if he had moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem.  Maybe if he had put someone on the Supreme Court who helped Christian bakers practice freedom of religion.  Maybe then you would support him.  Oh wait…he did all that.

God has done a miracle and the enemy wants to make short work of the amazing breakthroughs we are witnessing by dividing the church.  Instead of being a religious outliers you should be thanking God, praying, supporting the president, and voting.

Singer Russ Taff Reveals Life of Drinking and Shame, Needing Therapy

‘Praise the Lord’ Singer Russ Taff Reveals Life of Drinking and Shame, Needing Therapy to Overcome Trauma

Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter | Oct 6, 2018 9:35 AM

Many Christians may know six-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Russ Taff as the anointed voice behind “Praise the Lord.” In a new documentary set for release this month, Taff, 65, reveals a decade long struggle with alcohol that required trauma therapy to set him free.

“Shame is a prison. I was locked up in shame’s prison for over 40 years,” Taff revealed in a trailer for the documentary “Russ Taff: I Still Believe,” set for release in theaters for one day nationwide Oct. 30. 

“Behind its bars, I was safe, isolated and hiding from pain, disconnected from family and everyone I ever loved. Abused as a child, shame told me it was all my fault. Singing for Jesus and living a secret life as an alcoholic. Shame whispered, ‘there is no hope,'” he explained.

The iconic singer, who toured with contemporary Christian music stars such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and the Gaithers, told the Tennessean that for a long time, he used alcohol to numb the pain of his childhood trauma. His father was a Pentecostal preacher who also struggled with alcoholism and his mother would frequently unload her anxieties about her family life on him.

The documentary examines Taff’s childhood abuse, his addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, how he abandoned his own family and once showed up drunk for a major Christian TV show taping.

Taff told the Tennessean that after his mother unloaded her anxieties on him, sometimes he would take his father’s church key late at night and find a place inside the sanctuary to unload his burdens on God.

“I was able to dump on Jesus,” he said.

He eventually also found an outlet for some of his pain in singing and found inspiration in his mother’s black and Southern gospel albums.

After launching his music career, however, Taff developed a taste for alcohol when he was 26 and like his father before him, his wife and children were no longer a priority in his life.

Soon he was in and out of rehab. When his father died in 1997, he also turned to alcohol.

It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he got desperate and checked himself into a residential trauma treatment center for 63 days. It cost his family most of their savings, but it helped him find peace as he was able to work through his childhood trauma.

“I did start feeling compassion once I started dealing with my stuff for them (parents) and what they had to deal with,” Taff said. “When I left there, I had this feeling like I wish they were still alive. I think I can talk to them now. No more rage and anger. I feel sympathy.”

In the trailer for the documentary, Taff points to his redemption.

“Prison doors were meant to be open. Captives can be set free. I learned the Gospel is greater than I could have possibly imagined. I am a child of the King. I am broken. I’m an alcoholic. I’m forgiven … And I still believe,” he said. Luke 4:18.

 

 

A Thousand Sorrows Prepares a Man to Preach

 

D.A.Carson, Timothy Keller, and John Piper.

 

Judging vs. Discerning

Judging vs. Discerning

Jesus plainly stated that we are not to judge others. But

so often His words are used against Christians who are trying to

point out wrong in society. And it seems that so few Christians

know how to answer such objections.

So, what should you do if, upon seeing evil in the world, and

stating your convictions regarding it, you are told that you have no

business judging others? Are Christians to become mindless

people who can’t tell the difference between good and evil? Is

this mindless condition something we are to strive for?

First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,

and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In

the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the

Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge

against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.” But there

is another Greek word, “krino,” which is often translated

“to discern.” “Krino” literally means “to separate.” Or, to put it

more clearly, it means “to separate the good from the bad.”

These two words aptly show the contrast between judging

someone, which God forbids, and discerning, which God desires.

“To judge” means to condemn. It means to render a sentence

against someone as if you are God. And “to judge,” the way

Jesus forbade it, is always a product of a bad attitude. It stems

from never having seen that you are as needy as the one whom

you are condemning. “To discern,” however, carries no

desire to see someone “get what is coming to them.” True

discernment doesn’t condemn at all. It simply sees things as they

really are, with the mind of Christ.

True discernment carries no blinders. It sees evil. And it

confesses what it sees if the love of God dictates it. Don’t think

that the love of God would avoid pointing out evil in society. Read

the gospels. Jesus continually upbraided the Pharisees, yet He

said He judged (condemned) no man. Jesus knew the difference

between judging and discerning. He always discerned. He never

judged.

Rather than be blind to evil, Christians will become more

sensitive to it — if they are getting closer to God. Getting closer

to God and developing His mind will not make us less sensitive to

sin. It will make us more sensitive to sin. And it will give us the

ability to discern things the way God discerns them — clearly, but

in love.

The book of Hebrews gives us a verse which tells us that

it is God’s will for us to discern the difference between good and

evil: But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age,

even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised

to discern both good and evil. (Heb. 5:14)

It is a mark of Christian maturity to discern the difference

between good and evil. It is also a greater mark of maturity, that

having discerned that difference, to be able to stand in the love of

God regarding it. God wants us to discern. But He tells us we

must not condemn.

The Greatest Encourager I know.

I have taken a series of posts from my idling blog site Kairos Now to share an example of answered prayer.

June 12, 2012 by Mannyr

The Greatest Encourager I know.

I want to share an experience in Christ for the purpose of showing how much those of us who have received the free gift of salvation come to understand little by little just how much of an encourager God in the person of the Holy Spirit is to us.

Having been born again and experiencing the reality of the living presence of God dwelling within me I desired above all things to know Jesus in a very intimate way. Little did I understand that I had been set up. Prayer had gone up on my behalf from family and friends as well as strangers whom I had never met.

Prayer changes things is a truism known only to those who draw near to their God in intimate conversation.

I need to digress a bit in my experience. I grew up running the streets of San Francisco California in a couple of gangs. Except for the presence of God, I felt as a boy of five in a store front church which my grandfather pastored, I never knew God. But I had felt His presence. Twenty-eight years later that presence had come to life within me.

After a while that first love of Jesus began to diminish on my end because of my need to grow up in Christ as He directed my steps in daily life. To say the honeymoon was over in my experience brought dark clouds of guilt. In fact, I remember telling Him “Lord, I am addicted to your presence” in the hope I could just park there indefinitely; of course, the Lord explained that He would always love me, but the time had come to start the process of growing His grace.

A few months later the Lord prompted me to watch a certain Christian T.V. program with two Jewish Rabbi’s in their robes sharing their desire for prayer for a Russian Jewish man who had been imprisoned as a spy and a Soviet dissident.

I am stopping here because I have to replace a hot water heater that had the gall to fall apart according to my wife after eighteen years of service. So, come back tomorrow for part two.

Mannyr

June 13, 2012 by Mannyr

The Greatest Encourager I know.

 

Part two

I don’t know how you feel about the process of growing up in the Lord. As for me, it meant the lessening of His presence. This of course meant that the addiction to His presence would be replaced with the uncertainty of the world I had lived in prior to being born-again.

As a thirty-eight-year-old man externally, my inner man needed the very nature of the Spirit of God to be my encourager.

Acts 9:31 says, Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.  The word here in the original is paraklesis; a calling alongside to help, to comfort, to give consolation or encouragement. The paraklete is a strengthening presence, one who upholds those appealing for assistance.

By this time in my walk I had learned that conversation (prayer) with my Lord overrode all the old ways and brought a sense of peace which washed over me and spoke volumes to the inner rage of uncertainty.

I would like to share an act of encouragement from my Lord for the purpose of building a desire to mature in Him through His presence.

 

On a cold day in February of 1982 I sensed the Lord calling me to prayer. I prayed as I walked home from my job at an equipment rental yard in Kingman, Arizona. The mile and a half walk went fast, and I experienced a breakthrough in prayer.

Later, that evening after dinner, my wife having bathed our daughters they waited for Dad to read a Bible story. We set a half hour time limit on the reading due to questions asked and answered.

Having settled in for the night I did a little channel surfing with the television remote and settled on a Christian television station. Two Rabbis’ in colorful robes told a story about a Russian Jewish man who had been imprisoned as a spy for the United States and for activities as a dissident. After the program ended I sensed again the Lord calling me to prayer.

As soon as I yielded He spoke to my spirit and said, “I want you to pray for someone, I know you have trouble with remembering names, so I will just give you his first name.”

Okay Lord what is it?” “An-a-to-ly.”

I repeated it several times until I felt I could remember this unusual name.  “Lord, who is this?” “He is the man those Rabbi’s spoke about who is in prison in Russia.”  “How do I pray for him Lord?”

“Pray for him, just like you do for the men and women you minister to in the County Jail. Except I want you to pray for him like a member of your family, daily.”

The leading’s to prayer came very strong at times. Often leaving me feeling like I were there with him in his cell. I felt his depression, the darkness of the oppression and most of all his sense of hopelessness. The fact that I ministered in the County Jail kept me in an attitude of compassion.

At these times I prayed in praise and worship to our Lord and would sense a lifting of the heaviness and an impartation of joy and strength.

After a few months the Lord spoke to me again and said, “I want you to know Anatoly’s  last name, it’s Sha-ran-sky.” I prayed using his full name when coming boldly before the Throne of Grace with my petition for his needs, and Anatoly when praying for family. As sand through an hour glass the years rolled on.

One night in February of 1986 ( four years later) I happened to be watching the evening news when a man was shown hurrying up a ramp onto an airplane and Walter Cronkite said,

Today Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharansky after serving nine years in prison has been granted freedom and flown to Israel.”

I could not believe what I heard, tears filled my eyes and the presence of the Lord was like a heavy blanket of comfort.

I thanked our Lord for the sharing of his heart’s desire and the privilege of praying for Anatoly. I shared this experience with my wife and daughters to show how perseverance teaches wonderful truths.

All prayers are answered. The most important part, it brings intimacy with Our Heavenly Father that builds a solid trust that prayers can change Nations as well as people.

Three days later I found a newspaper account of Anatoly’s release, it read like this. Early on a cold and windy morning a Soviet Official spoke to political prisoner Anatoly Sharansky and said. “Walk straight to Freedom!”

A man of deep moral courage and integrity Sharansky smiled from ear to ear and took his first step as a free man. As he crossed the Glinecke Bridge in East Berlin he proceeded to walk zigzag across the bridge in keeping with his life as a Rufusnick.

Like a young David, he met and conquered The Soviet Goliath with his obstinate refusal to quit speaking for human rights and of Soviet Jews to emigrate. He arrived at a hero’s welcome in Tel Aviv, and the waiting arms of his wife.

I lost track of Anatoly Sharansky over the years until I read an article about a man named Natan Sharansky who had written an autobiography entitled: Fear No Evil and also co-authored a second book The Case For Democracy.  President G.W. Bush having read The Case for Democracy invited Mr. Sharansky to meet with him in the Oval Office in November of 2004.

Shortly after that, President Bush’s second inaugural address contained many thoughts that had been expressed in Mr. Sharansky’s   book.

In his writings I discovered he has personally met five President’s and also with President-elect Barack Obama. It is humbling to see what our Lord had planned for this man of great moral courage.

Tomorrow: Part three.

The Greatest Encourager I know. Part three

June 14, 2012 by Mannyr

The Greatest Encourager I know.

Part three

The story of Anatoly Sharansky is one of faith overcoming all opposition. It is far more than one man’s struggle against the forces of evil played out by an evil and fearful nation. It is the very heart of  almighty God sharing His heart with a servant who needed to be encouraged. There are many small as well as large things that I have learned from this adventure.

First and foremost is the fact that our Lord desires to have intimate fellowship with us as individual’s in which He can teach us that intimacy with Him is progressive.

The Gospel of John 13:16 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.”  We are first like a servant in the sense that we do what our Lord asks us to do in the role as a servant who listens and obeys his master.

Then as we grow in our obedience we come to second stage of intimacy. John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I hear from My Father I have made known to you.”  Here is where we are in a different place in our walk and He shares things with us like we do with our friends.

John 20:17 says, Jesus said to her, Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ ” Our Lord Jesus plainly speaks in these passages a progressive intimacy that we can walk in with Him by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit of God. The last stage is one where we are family and all things can and should be shared.

The encouragement of Anatoly’s story came as an example for me to learn and grow in the ways of our Lord. To share with Him in His desire for us to set ourselves aside and seek Him on behalf of others. This selflessness leads to intimacy in that as we pray we feel and sense the other person’s burdens. This is very real not some church doctrine or creed. It is the active participation of you and you Father.

So much can be said here. For example, try this yourself, in prayer ask the Holy Spirit if He would give you someone in the world who has no relatives, friends or neighbors who can tell him about Jesus and who Jesus is. Set yourself aside and pray for this person whom you do not know or may never know.

I had never heard of this man Anatoly Sharansky who lived in Russia and is Jewish. Just the name says volumes, I could never think up such a name. It is no coincidence that I was given the opportunity to pray for a man in prison in the worst conditions. Many of us are in prison’s in our daily lives. Many may stay for life and never come to freedom and intimacy with our Lord this need not be.

Our Lord Jesus on the cross said, “It is finished.” It is finished Amen! But you and I must appropriate what has been done for us as individual’s. Come on an get some encouragement from the Man from Galilee.

 

 

 

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