Soulbook: The Whole Christian Soul and the Incomplete – The Complete Christian
What does this mean for us today? When you look back over the torrent and flood of sin that had built up higher than the deluge of Noah, you begin to see just how helpless, how devoid of hope, we all were. Today, people are still in this condition, but the difference now is, there’s hope! As Christians, we have been restored to God through Jesus! There is no flood, only the ark of Christ that bears us up.
Hebrews 11:39-40: “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us, so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” We have been made “very good” again! We have been “made perfect” through the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 4:16: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin. Let us, then, approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We can approach God ourselves through Christ, (I Peter 2:4-9). We are a royal priesthood under Jesus. As Christians, we can go into the Most Holy Place and have our sins forgiven forever.
II Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake, He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” God has taken our sin and shame away! We don’t have the sin and shame that Adam and Eve had after they fell. That shame is gone and we can walk with God in His garden once more. John 1:1,14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God once more walks among His people. He has not only come and been with us, He is still here. We need only accept Him in His death, burial, and resurrection in order to walk with Him! We can enter the Most Holy Place, (Heb 10:19, Mark 15:38), and climb the mountain of God, (Heb 12:20-22). Where, in the Old Testament, the Israelites were very restricted in their contact with God, we are now completely unrestricted through Jesus. When Moses went up on Mount Sinai, God told him that no person or animal could touch the mountain or it would die. Also, if anyone other than the high priest tried to enter the Most Holy Place, he would die. But, in Christ, not only can we enter these places and be with God, we are commanded to go see God and be with Him.
God will give us “hidden manna,” (Revelation 2:17), referring to the manna in the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 16:33). This “hidden manna” refers to the bread of life or Jesus, Who sustains us in our lives and throughout eternity. Through Jesus, we can virtually look into the mysterious ark of the Covenant that was only permitted for the high priest and see the mysteries of Jesus that are no longer hidden to us. II Corinthians 3:12-18 says the veil has been removed and we see God’s glory clearly. Where Moses had to wear a veil for the Israelites and be hidden in the cleft, so as not to die in God’s presence, we can see the fullness of God through Jesus.
Life, through Christ, has been made perfect again. This is not to say there is no evil or suffering, but it does mean that Christ has made us whole and reconciled us to Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the complete Christian is made up of more parts than just heart, soul, strength and mind and soul, spirit, and body. We also have Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! We are ten-fold people! Of course, we are not God, but as I Corinthians 3:16 says “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” God is a part of us as Christians who have been made complete. But, this also means that we have a whole world full of incomplete people. Now, we have to go do something about that!
In the beginning, all was very good and perfect. God had a face-to-face relationship with His people. There was no sin to get in the way or to cause immediate death in God’s presence. There was only perfection and love and a choice. Adam and Eve sinned and we lost the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as part of ourselves. We were reduced as humankind from ten part people to seven part people. As incomplete people, mankind slogged on through history for thousands of years without hope. The Patriarchs were given a promise, but were still seven part people, without God and without hope. God gave His promise to them without salvation, but indicated that the promise would bring that salvation in time.
Under Moses, the Law atoned for sins, but still left people incomplete. While the relationship between God and mankind still didn’t exist, the figure of the plan of salvation was being explained and learned, although it would take thousands of years for it to be finally understood. Finally, Jesus returned us to ten part people again, but many are still incomplete, seven part people in our world. Our souls are at the center of all of these parts because they are who we are and relate to every part of us all at once. Think about the richness and depth of yourself as a person with ten, very important parts, three of whom are the rejoined Godhead with you through Jesus. Now consider how poor the rest of mankind is without these Three. The Gift is here. Let’s take it to the world!