Soulbook: The Soul and the Whole Person – Soul
Your soul is who you really are. You are a creation of God after His own Image. You are a person with heart, mind, and strength. You are a life that will last forever. The soul is you. It is human nature to think of ourselves in physical terms and to leave our inner selves out in the ether where we can’t really understand or locate them. But, Scripture plainly brings the physical and spiritual together where we can comprehend the nature of humans more easily. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 states, “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.” Our soul and body/strength coincide in how we can be blameless before God. The more we keep our soul and our physical component in step with Christ, the more we can be blameless. The spiritual component of a person is the part that lives on and is the purest manifestation of who we are. So, it makes sense that the physical nature should be patterned after that spiritual nature in order to be the whole person God wants us to be.
The soul and the heart also share a very strong bond in that they are the emotional center and the personal center of a person. This fact is characterized in 1 Chronicles 22:19: “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.” The Soul and the heart are joined together in the search for God and His will. If we don’t seek God with our heart, then our emotional center will be off target, causing us to get caught up in what we want instead of what God desires for His service and for our own existence. The result will then be a misguided life that comes from a misguided soul. If we are to hit the mark God has set for our souls (i.e., Heaven) then our hearts must be fixed on seeking Him and His will. If the heart is not aimed properly, the soul will miss the target.
In Philippians 2:2, Paul discusses the relationship between the soul and the mind when he says, “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” This plea from Paul is one that endures today, as well. Without the unity of the mind, our souls will be unfocused, allowing us to go off in any number of wrong directions spiritually. The joining of the intellect allows Christians to see things the same way, clearing the way for our souls to inhabit the Kingdom of Heaven together. With this understanding in mind, we can all work together to bring others into the faith and create within them the heart, soul mind, and strength that God desires. The minds of Christians, as God sees them, should be the mind of Christians, brought into a unified intellectual understanding and picture of His Word.