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The Spiritual man #7   Topics/belief

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Dec-6

   The Soul Life Some Bible scholars point out to us that three different words are employed in the Greek to designate “life”: (1) bios (2) psuche (3) zoe. They all describe life but convey very different meanings. Bios has reference to the means of life or living. Our Lord Jesus used this word when He commended the woman who cast into the temple treasury her whole living. Zoe is the highest life, the life of the spirit. Whenever the Bible speaks of eternal life it uses this word. Psuche refers to the animated life of man, his natural life or the life of the soul. The Bible employs this term when it describes the human life. Let us note here that the words “soul” and “soul life” in the Bible are one and the same in the original. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for “soul”—nephesh—is used equally for “soul life.” The New Testament consequently employs the Greek word psuche for both “soul” and “soul life.” Hence we know “soul” not only is one of the three elements of man but also is man’s life, his natural life. In many places in the Bible, “soul” is translated as “life.” “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood” Gen. 9.4,5 “The life of the flesh is in the blood” Lev. 17.11 “Those who sought the child’s life are dead” Matt. 2.20 “Is it lawful on the sabbath—to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6.9 “Who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ” Acts 15.26 “I do not account my life of any value” Acts 20.24 “To give his life as a ransom for many” Matt. 20.28 “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” John 10.11, 15,17 The word “life” in these verses is “soul” in the original. It is so translated because it would be difficult to understand otherwise. The soul actually is the very life of man. As we have mentioned, “soul” is one of the three elements of man. “Soul life” is man’s natural life, that which makes him exist and animates him. It is the life whereby man today lives; it is the power whereby man becomes what he is.

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   Since the Bible applies nephesh and psuche both to soul and to man’s life, it is evident to us that these two, though distinguishable, are not separable. They are distinguishable inasmuch as in certain places psuche (for example) must be translated either as “soul” or as “life.” The translations cannot be interchanged. For instance, “soul” and “life” in Luke 12.19-23 and Mark 3.4 are actually the same word in the original, yet to translate them with the same word in English would be meaningless. They are inseparable, however, because these two are completely united in man. A man without a soul does not live. The Bible never tells us that a natural man possesses a life other than the soul. The life of man is but the soul permeating the body. As the soul is joined to the body it becomes the life of man. Life is the phenomenon of the soul. The Bible considers man’s present body a “soulical body” (1 Cor.15.44 original), for the life of our present body is that of the soul. Man’s life is therefore simply an expression of the composite of his mental, emotional and volitional energies. “Personality” in the natural realm embraces these different parts of the soul but only that much. Soul life is man’s natural life. That the soul is man’s life is a most important fact to recognize for it bears greatly upon the kind of Christian we become, whether spiritual or soulish. This we shall explain further on. Soul and Man’s Self Inasmuch as we have seen how soul is the site of our personality, the organ of volition and the natural life, we can easily conclude that this soul is also the “real I”—I myself. Our self is the soul. This too can be demonstrated by the Bible. In Numbers 30, the phrase “bind himself” occurs ten times. In the original it is “bind his soul.” From this we are led to understand that the soul is our own self. In many other passages of the Bible we find the word “soul” is translated as “self.” For instance:

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   “You shall not defile yourselves with them” Lev. 11.43 “You shall not defile yourselves” Lev. 11.44 “For themselves and for their descendants” Esther 9.31 “You who tear yourself in your anger” Job 18.4 “He justified himself” Job 32.2 “But themselves go into captivity” Is. 46.2 “What every one (original, “every soul”) must eat, that only may be prepared by you” Ex. 12.16 “Who kills any person (original, “kill any soul”) without intent” Num. 35.11,15 “Let me (original, “let my soul”) die the death of the righteous” Num. 23.10 “When any one (original, “any soul”) brings a cereal offering” Lev. 2.1 “I have . . . quieted myself” Ps. 131.2 AV “Think not that in the king’s palace you (original, “soul”) will escape” Esther 4.13 “The Lord God has sworn by himself (original, “sworn by his soul”)” Amos 6.8 These Scriptures from the Old Testament inform us in various ways how the soul is man’s own self. The New Testament conveys the same impression. “Souls” is the original rendering for “eight persons” in 1 Peter 3.20 and for “two hundred and seventy-six persons” in Acts 27.37. The phrase in Romans 2.9 translated today as “every human being who does evil” is given in the original as “every soul of man that works evil.” Hence, to warn the soul of a man who works evil is to warn the evil man. In James 5.20, saving a soul is considered to be saving a sinner. And Luke 12.19 treats the rich fool’s speaking words of comfort to his soul as speaking to himself. It is therefore clear that the Bible as a whole views man’s soul or soul life as the man himself. A confirmation of this can be found in the words of our Lord Jesus, given in two different Gospels. Matthew 16.26 reads: “For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life (psvche)? Or what shall a man give in return for his life (psvche)?” Whereas Luke 9.25 renders it: “For what does it profit a 46 The Spiritual Man man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself (eautov) 

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