Recently I absent-mindedly got on facebook (a bad habit of mine), but then next thing I know, I’m compiling the following list of scriptures. Each bullet point is scripture, and some have a bit of commentary. I think it’s worth sharing and think the spirit of God is behind it.
I think soul and spirit are issues God is revealing to more and more of His people today. Thanks especially to Dan Gochnour for his amazing teachings on this subject lately. Read through these scriptures carefully. They deal with some of the biggest purposes addressed in scripture… Soul and spirit have to be divided and the former (the soul) must become subject to the latter (the spirit). This has largely been overlooked, and the results have been tragic. These scriptures are meant to follow a logical progression, so read the list with that in mind.
-“There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way to (spiritual) death.”
-“The first man Adam became a living soul, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
-“The natural (literal Greek: “soulical”) man (which all of us have within) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” -The soul is the “natural” part of us. Our natural life and mind and feelings and will. This part of us, which can be quite religious, cannot understand or receive things from the spiritual realm.
-“…it is sown a natural (literal Greek: “soulical”) body, it is raised a spiritual body.
-“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust (we have become soul-dominated like Adam), we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (we are destined to attain to Jesus’ spiritual nature and walk).
-“For the word of God (God’s voice, His expression) is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
-“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
-“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees (in a spiritual sense) the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”
-“whoever says he abides in him (in Jesus Christ) ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” -This doesn’t mean trying to imitate Jesus, it means follow His “walk,” his way of living – denying self and following the leading of the Spirit of God.
-“For those whom He foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” -We are to be and one day will be conformed to Jesus’ image, being like him in his nature and his manner of life.
-“And we all, with unveiled face (this literally means “unveiled vision.” The veil to be removed is the human soul, which causes spiritual blindness), beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” -With the veil of the human soul removed, we can grow in spiritual reality, from glory to glory.
-“When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
-“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”