The Living Dead


Humanity is created as a tri-part being: spirit, soul, and body. Two parts of our nature are immaterial: spirit and soul. The body did not come to life until the immaterial was imparted into it by God breathing into man and the body ceases to live once the immaterial departs from the body.

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

Our spirit is the part of our being that makes a relationship with God possible. God is Spirit and to become one with us, we must have a spirit to join to. The second part of our immaterial nature is the soul.

Soul: individual personality and sense of self.

The soul expresses our unique personhood and is shaped by our beliefs about self, others, God, and the world. Life can be like a war at times. In those times, our soul can be wounded. Wounding of the soul creates negative emotions and can negatively affect our ability to exercise faith in God. Wounding in the soul can make it hard for people to believe in the Word of God. If you are a believer in Jesus, nothing is wrong with your spirit, but you can have a lack of agreement between your spirit and your soul. This causes confusion, doubt, anxiety, depression, anger, rejection, disobedience, etc.

I want to begin to look at the healing of the soul today. The first healing agent I want to discuss is the blood of Jesus.

No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him– For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever– That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay. Psalm 49:7-9


The redemption of the soul is costly: it can only be changed and healed by the One who created it.

Jesus shed His blood for our souls. What does that mean?

Sin wages war against our souls:

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11

Sin seeks to deceive the soul. It seeks to create beliefs within the soul that reject God as the One who meets our needs. Through these deceptions, sin seeks to damage and distort the soul, leaving behind pain and restriction of soul. When we practice sin, we restrict the full expression of our souls and repress the maturity of our soul.

Sin can damage the soul to the point that the individual has personality changes. What was once free becomes anxious; what was once expressive becomes dead; what was once happy now just exists.

And, I’m not just talking about sins we commit, but sins that have been committed against us by others. They also cause pain, damage the soul, and change our ability to trust.

Jesus’ blood provided for freedom from sin and its effects. Sin leaves behind disappointment, guilt, self hatred, hatred of others, victim mentality, helplessness, and other kinds of things that hinder our future. Jesus’ blood provided for the payment of sins, freedom from sins affects, and deliverance from controlling beliefs. You can’t make a dead person commit sin. You cannot wound a dead person. The world and others no longer have control over a dead person. In Jesus’ death, by His blood, you are dead to your sins, their effects and the sins of others against you and their effects!

The blood of Jesus broke the chains!

What is the basis of the power of the blood?

Forgiveness!

When you accept Jesus’ payment for your sins, you accept Jesus’ forgiveness of said sins. Then, you are free from them: their guilt, their control over your emotions and your future. You must accept Jesus’ payment as sufficient for your sins! This means that you not only are forgiven but you forgive yourself!

If Jesus paid the price, who am I to say that I am not forgiven?

The blood is enough!

The blood also provided the power to free me from the sins that others have committed against me! How do I experience that freedom?

 By forgiving others – by releasing them to God! When I do this, I no longer carry the pain of what they have done to me; I no longer carry the guilt of their sins against me; I no longer am defined by what they have done to me and therefore, I am no longer restricted by what has happened to me!

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 KJV

There is more! Come back next week to get the full dose!

 

Healing of the Soul


And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

This scripture details the very beginning of humanity. It gives us a glimpse into our created nature. We are products of two realities:

Earth and Breath

Our bodies are carbon based. Carbon is a key component of all known life on Earth. Complex molecules are made up of carbon bonded with other elements, especially oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Carbon is abundant on Earth. 

But, we are also a product of breath. Whose breath? God’s breath. While we do know that every created creature was made of Earth, we (humans) are the only creature we see made alive by the breath of God. The Bible tells us that God’s breath made us a “living being”.

Being: existence, conscious, nature

So, to know what it means “to be”, we must know more about the breath that brought us to life.

You will notice that the carbon based body did not “live” until the breath of God entered it. Therefore, the true life force of humanity is found in the presence of the breath of God. No breath – no life.

What is this breath?

psyxḗ (from psyxō, “to breathe, blow” which is the root of the English words “psyche,” “psychology”) – soul (psyche); a person’s distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality.

(psyxē) corresponds exactly to the OT /phágō (“soul”). The soul is the direct aftermath of God breathing (blowing) His gift of life into a person, making them an ensouled being.

So, you could define the breath that made us alive as “soul” which is our individual personality and our sense of self. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. We are made with characteristics that identify us as made like Him.

The Godhead is a tri-part unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Humanity is not just a soul and body, but the Bible tells us that we are also made of three parts:

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:23 NIV


This scripture speaks of wholeness. The word used for “blameless” here actually means “whole”. We know that the Hebrew mindset attributes the God of peace (Shalom) as the God of wholeness: nothing missing, nothing lacking.

The “spirit” of man, along with the soul make up the immaterial parts of man. The “spirit” is the element that gives us the ability to have a relationship with God. God is Spirit, so to fellowship with and know Him, we must also contain a spirit. The Bible tells us that believers are spiritually alive and that unbelievers are spiritually dead. So, our spirit is present but operating in darkness when not in fellowship with God.

One more important scripture:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

This scripture tells us that the soul and spirit are two different entities. It also tells us that the soul and the spirit can agree or disagree.

This is where problems occur for believers! If our spirit is united with Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is saying one thing and our soul, which is our sense of self is believing something contrary, well, we’ve got confusion, double-mindedness, lack of peace, disobedience, you name it!

You see, our sense of self is expressed through our beliefs and our emotions. Our soul can be wounded by life or others. If our soul is wounded, it can carry pain, fear, anger, depression, and beliefs that are shaped by the bad experiences we have been through.

So, the Word of God can be speaking truths about us and we can believe lies at the same time. When we believe lies or are living in internal pain, fear, depression, anxiety, then our soul needs healing.

I believe that this is the cause of much of the difficulty we experience walking with God.

Next time we are together, I want to look at what God has provided to deliver the soul.