An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church. A mission base to Send the Church.
Spirit, Soul, Body: The Blueprint of Man in the Image of God
April 07, 2013
| By: Spencer Stewart |
Man’s current condition is not as it should be. God, in perfect wisdom, created Man in His Image with a delicate balance: spirit, soul, and body. When Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the species changed. May we come into divine order with all three parts functioning as God determined. May we become spiritual disciples.
Links to Extras
"Dichotomy vs. Trichotomy" examines the disagreement between sincere theologians. For the first three centuries of the Church, the leaders’ writings show belief in three-part Man, which is the foundational view in our booklet. But then dichotomy (two parts instead of three) became the predominate view through the psychology of Augustine. This article cites the dichotomists' arguments and responds.
"The Metaphorical Heart" explains heart is a different kind of word thanspirit and soul. Heart is a metaphor, whereas soul and spirit are specific elements of Man. In reality, the heart is a physical organ in the body. It is used metaphorically to describe the invisible core of Man, the two immaterial parts (soul and spirit) as a whole.
"The Connection of Breath, Wind, and Spirit in the Scriptures" lists verses with the Hebrew ruach and the Greek pneuma proving physical air manifests the drama of spirit from the spiritual realm into the physical realm. This is why we can read Genesis 2:7, where God blew into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life, and discern that the physical oxygen represented the Creation of immaterial spirit.