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Man is unique among the creatures

  • We’re created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27)
    • This obviously gives an inherent value, and is most clearly seen in the inherent loss connected to all suicides, abortions, miscarriages, murders and wars
  • Animals also possess a soul like people, in a sense (Genesis 1:30)
    • However, we are uniquely special compared to animals (Genesis 9:6, 2 Peter 2:12)
  • There is no evidence anywhere in the Bible that indicates people as angels, spirit beings or in some way a part of God
  • As God’s created image, we do have our own “trinity” of sorts in the form of a body, soul and spirit
    • All 3 should be developed to attain fullness in Christ (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

All humanity is made of a body, a soul and a spirit

  • The body is made of flesh, bones and blood
    • It’s the dominating force for a newborn baby, who hasn’t yet developed much of a soul or spirit
    • The body is everything that science can measure, including the brain
    • Our bodies are how we carry out any physical works (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • The soul is the an immaterial essence that can also be described as sentience
    • It’s the dominating force for most adults who still haven’t developed their spirit
    • It consists of a mind, will and emotions
      • The mind is created by God to gather sensory data (feeling, touch, etc.)
        • It weighs the data and processes it in a logical and rational manner
        • God wants us to use our minds to understand and internalize His Word and think about His plans, purposes and power
        • The quality of our lives is a direct result of what our mind is thinking, and is the cause of many sins
      • The will uses desire derived from emotions to make decisions with data from the mind
        • Desire is not just an emotion, it is the foundation of consistent decision-making and behavior
        • Desire is based on what is done on a consistent basis, not on a specific one-time circumstance
        • Desire creates decisions, not emotions or the mind
      • God created emotions to be the strongest motivator of consistent and stable behavior
        • Emotions are intended to support the thinking of a renewed mind
          • God wants us to feel excitement, enthusiasm and determination about what He calls us to do
          • God wants us to be stirred up and righteously indignant at the enemy of our soul
        • Emotions are also the source of all psychological instability
          • The key to consistent and stable behavior is to learn how to control and direct the emotional part of our being
            • If emotions are left unrestrained, they will kill faith and get in the way of what the mind believes
          • Without understanding the role of emotions, many people who think they’re being faithful have a dead faith without works
  • The spirit is also immaterial like the soul, but is uniquely distinct (Hebrews 4:12)
    • It’s the dominating force for mature Christians, and it is developed by internalizing God’s word
      • This is separate from the Holy Spirit of God, but is the Holy Spirit’s primary way of communicating
    • A spirit is made of intuition, communion and conscience
      • Intuition is spiritual intelligence that could never have been learned through the mind (Hebrews 11:1)
        • It operates separately from sensory data or the senses
        • Intuition is God’s direct way of leading people, and is necessary to understand God’s will and desires
      • Communion, also known as worship, is fellowship with God and other spiritually developed Christians
      • It can only be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)
        • There is no thinking or feeling God, we can only perceive Him in our spirits and our spirits in Him
      • Conscience is the spiritual counterpart to the will
        • Everyone has the choice to act with it or against it
          • To act against the conscience is known as walking in the flesh (Romans 8:5)
    • The spirit is dead upon birth (Colossians 2:13) and is made alive in Christ
      • Though a non-Christian has a dead spirit, it can still be animated and inspired by outward life circumstances
      • To discover a person’s Christianity is to know them long enough to see how influential their spirit really is
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