Do you know the difference between your SOUL and your SPIRIT?
How about the difference between your heart and your flesh?
Many people can't clearly describe these things, let alone find Bible verses that clearly explain them, but having a clear understanding of them is key to having lasting peace and an abundant life.
Scripture tells us that we are each made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit.
"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" (1st Thessalonians 5:23 NIV)
In this book, we will look carefully at each of these three parts to see what they are and how God created them to function.
The BODY is of course the easiest to identify—it's simply our physical anatomy.
The SOUL and the SPIRIT, however, are a little more difficult to understand because they are immaterial. We need help from the Word of God to fully understand them.
A primary verse in this study is Hebrews 4:12 "The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit."
Have you ever read this particular scripture and wondered what the writer was specifically talking about, or about the deeper meaning behind it?
It's very important that we understand the difference between the SOUL and the SPIRIT. Without this understanding, we are at risk of experiencing a life of constant stress, discouragement, unfulfillment, and confusion, instead of the perfect peace and lasting joy that God intends for us.