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Spirit, Soul, Body


This is a study on the creation of man. Scripture shows us that man is made a spirit, soul, and body. This study looks at the difference between the three parts of man and their function. In this study, the three parts are shown so a person may analyze and understand what motivates him or what part of himself is directing his whole person.

For example if a person were addicted to drugs or alcohol the chemical demand of his body may hold his soul and spirit in servitude. If the person is making his or her decisions based on emotions, the spirit and soul do not have freedom to make sound decisions. Or the person, who makes decisions without much regard as to their conscience, may put their soul and body into jeopardy.

The study and analyzing of the human person (ourselves) can be very helpful to realize our strong points or weaknesses. Recognizing how God’s order for Adam was to live, (seen in the diagram 1) and how far man has fallen from this place is necessary to the person who wants to live according to the way God intends for man to live.

In diagram 2 it is not hard to identify these traits that function within us, and are taken for granted by most people to be natural. These works of the flesh in man are the result of his Adamic nature, and bring spiritual death to him. The man who follows his 5 senses is most readily seen by all. However, the sin in the spirit and soul are the most deadly and deceptive to men who see nothing wrong with themselves and yet are living apart from God. Their religion or good morals they may feel make them acceptable to God.

Diagram 3 shows that it is mandatory for a person to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit to live according to God’s mind and purpose. Only by having the mind of Christ and following the Holy Spirit’s leading can a person come to see the kingdom of God and have power to follow and live in it.

There are questions for more study at the end of the booklet. If the person will write out his or her answers to these questions, then examine their own answers, it will reveal much to that person. It is more revealing to us when we put our answers on paper and analyze them by comparing them to the Word of God.

D. Neely



Soul or Soul Life

Hebrew = Nephesh

Greek = psyche

Genesis 9:4-5: Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is its blood

Leviticus 17:11: The life of the flesh is in the blood

Matthew 2:20: Those who sought the child’s life are dead

Luke 6:9: Is it lawful on the Sabbath-to save life or destroy it

Acts 15:26: Who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ

Acts 20:24: I do not account my life of any value

Matthew 20:28: To give His life as a ransom for many

John 10:11, 15, 17: The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep

Will or Volition

Psalms 27:12: Give me not up to the will of my adversaries

Psalms 41:2: Thou dost not give him up to the will of his enemies

Ezekiel 16:27: Delivered you to the greed of your enemies.

2. Emotions of Desire

Deuteronomy 14:26: For whatever thy soul desires or for whatever thy soul asketh of thee

1 Samuel 20:4: What thy soul may say

Psalms 84:2: My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord

Ezekiel 24:21: Your soul’s longing

Psalms 42:1: So longs my soul for thee O God

Isaiah 26:9: My soul yearns for thee in the night

Matthew 12:18: My soul is well pleased

3. Emotions of Feeling and Sensing

Luke 2:35: A sword will pierce through your own soul also

1 Samuel 30:6: All the people were bitter in soul

1 Kings 4:27: Her soul is bitter and vexed within her

Judges 10:16: His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel

Job 19:2: How long will ye vex my soul

Isaiah 61:10: My soul rejoices in the Lord

Psalms 86:4: Gladden the soul of thy servant

Psalms 42:5: Why are you cast down O my soul

Psalms 116:7: Return O my soul to your rest

Psalms 119:20: My soul is consumed with longing

Proverbs 16:24: Sweetness to the soul

Jonah 2:7: My soul fainted within me

Matthew 26:38: My soul is very sorrowful

John 12:27: Now is my soul troubled

1 Peter 2:8: He was vexed in his righteous soul day after day


Greek= Soma

Romans 6:6: The sinful body might be destroyed

Romans 6:12: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body

Romans 6:13: Do not let sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions

Romans 6:13: Yield ... your members to God as instruments of righteousness

Romans 7:5: At work in our members

Romans 7:23: I see in my members another law

Romans 7:23: Making me captive to the law of sin, which dwells in my members

Romans 7:24: Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Romans 8:10: Your bodies are dead because of sin

Romans 8:11: Will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit which dwells in you

Romans 8:13: If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live

Romans 8:23: The redemption of our bodies

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