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Body, Soul and Spirit in Genesis Chapter 1
Part One: Shortchanged on Instruction
-- Jeff, Tuesday 07-31-2007, 10:47 am CDT

Michelangelo's painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine ChapelApart from followers of Charles Darwin, who account life to be a mere mix of chemicals whose ingredients somehow got blended together and baked into a cake by dumb luck, most people recognize that there has to be a distinction between the physical body versus the soul and the spirit. However, when it comes to the difference between the soul and the spirit, most people -- and especially most Christians -- are as clueless a monkey with a slide rule.

The Word of God says in I Thessalonians 5:23, "And the God of peace Himself set you apart wholly, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be diligently watched over and protected until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (literal translation according to usage).

A basic comprehension from the Scriptures of the three-part human being -- of what God means when He says "spirit," what He means when He says "soul" and what He means when He says "body" -- is foundational to our instruction in righteousness (see II Timothy 3:16-17). You may memorize every verse in the Bible, but without rightly dividing God's Word concerning these three things -- and the differences between them -- the Word of God will forever remain a closed book to you.

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Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille taught on this subject both exhaustively and repeatedly: in Power for Abundant Living, Chapter Sixteen, "Body, Soul, Spirit -- Fomed, Made, Created"; in Are the Dead Alive Now?, Appendix II, "Body, Soul and Spirit -- Formed, Made and Created"; in The Word's Way, Chapter Three, "Body, Soul, Spirit"; in Jesus Christ is Not God, Chapter Three, "The Man -- Man's Redeemer"; and in Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed, Chapter Ten, "The Genealogy of Jesus Christ."

Additionally, in the Foundational Class on Power for Abundant Living, he spends two hours and more detailing from the Scriptures that God originally formed the body, that He made the soul, and that He created the spirit. In Segment 32 Dr. Wierwille also notes that:

...the confusion between the soul and the spirit has caused no end of difficulty for people. They say the soul is immortal, for instance. Or they talk about transmigration of the soul, the immortality of the soul. Why, these are all erroneous usages, semantically, of words that are used with a mathematical exactness and scientific precision in the Word of God.
Christians who remain ignorant on the subject of "body, soul and spirit" will also have to remain ignorant about God's original design and intent for mankind, about exacty what happened to Adam and Eve in the fall in Genesis 3, about how the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ accomplished our healing and redemption, about what actually happens when we get "born again," about the power that came on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, about the difference between God the Giver who is the Holy Spirit and His gift which is holy spirit -- and about a whole lot else besides.

In a nutshell, they will forever find themselves shortchanged on instruction that is vital to their walk with God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Caricature of Darwin as a monkeyUnbelievers of Darwin's ilk, along with fellow-travelers and wannabes from before his time and since, have attempted for at least three hundred and fifty years to turn the first chapter of the book of Genesis into a laughing stock. Unsuccessfully, I might add.

Here at the BRJ, we're not going to try to reteach everything that Dr. Wierwille handled on the subject of "body, soul and spirit." Instead, I would highly reccommend a close study of the above from his books. We will, however, in Part Two expand upon what some of what he taught in the Foundational Class from Genesis Chapter 1.

Doing so, we will gain a glimpse of truths that are so magnificent, so wonderful and so awesome, yet at the same time so simple and so sensible, that they are self-evidently "matchless" in every sense of the word.

We'll see that -- when it comes to answering questions about "the why of creation" and about the Creator's "design and intent for mankind" -- nothing from the annals of science or literature can hold a candle to Genesis Chapter 1.


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