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Because the World is a fleshly realm, it has it all backwards and refers to man as Body, soul and spirit, and we often see: Body mind and spirit, or body mind and soul.

In any event the order is always wrong giving preminence to the body, which emphasis is incorrect and misleading, because the spirit & the soul remain eternal,whereas the body perishes and returns to the dust from whence it came. It is important to be clear about the correct order of things:

And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete. (1 Thes 5: 23)

The word soul has various meanings in Scripture. (Bible words must be defined according to their context.) Sometimes soul refers to biological life in general. In this sense eg, the Hebrew word for soul (nephesh) is used for animals (Gen. 1:20-24). But animals are never said to have a soul like that of man. Sometimes soul seems to refer to the whole man, but in reality it is relating to the life that is the person, because, as is the case with the spirit, without it man would have no life. (Gen. 2:7; Lev. 17:12). Significantly though it mostly refers to that immaterial part of man comprising his mind, will and emotions.
The Soul, along with the spirit, is that immaterial part of man that exists eternally beyond the grave, in either heaven or hell (governed by ones conscious choice) leaving the body behind on earth.

Old Testament examples of the soul as the immaterial part of man are to be found. In Gen 35:18, Rachel's soul departed when she died. In 1 Kings. 17:21-22, the boy's soul departed when he died and returned when Elijah prayed to God for the child's soul to come back to him. In the New Testament, "soul" is also used to describe a part of man distinct from his body (Mat. 10:28; 1 Thes. 5:23; Rev. 6:9).
The soul of man is the distinctive defining feature of the human race, separating him from all other creatures created by God. Many would argue that animals and sea creatures, like primates, whales and domestic pets etc. have a soul because they have feelings and emotions and they have intelligence. One can understand why this error is made, but what these people mistake for the animal soul, is in fact insinct, with a tie to some form of emotion which God created in them for the survival of each species, after it's kind.

As already mentioned man's soul comprises his mind, his will and his emotions. When God said (Genesis 1: 26) β€œ......Let Us (referring to the Trinity, the Godhead) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness......”, He is referring to God's ability to think and reason (mind) His ability to make choices (will) and His ability to give and feel love, joy sadness etc (emotion).
He was also referring to God as a spirit being. God does not exist in a earthly body like man, he is wrapped in heavenly immortality, so when He created man and woman, he created them spirit and soul, just like God, and birthed them in a material flesh body suitable for his existance and survival on earth.
The soul thinks (Gen. 49:6); it can sin (Lev. 4:2); it can love God and keep His commandments (Deut. 6:5; 10:12; 11:13); it can meditate upon God's word (Deut. 11:18); it can love a friend (1 Sam. 18:1-3); it can trust in God (Psa. 57:1; 63:1); it can be chastened with fasting (Psa. 69:10).
The soul is particularly associated with man's feelings and desires. The soul can be hungry (Isa. 29:8), can experience romantic love and friendship (Gen. 34:3; 1 Sam. 18:1-3), can be discouraged because of difficulty (Num. 21:4). The soul can be "anguished" (Gen. 42:21), "dried out" (Num. 11:6), "grieved" (Judg 10:16; Job 30:25), "cast down" (Psa. 43:5). The soul can "lust" (Deut. 12:15), "long after" (Deut. 12:20), and "thirst for God" (Psa. 42:2), and a whole host of other emotions and dilemmas which man experiences. All part of our soul.

What is the Difference between man's Spirit and Soul?
In scripture, the "soul" is used in close association with the "spirit." Job was anguished in spirit and soul (Job 7:11), so in some cases the "soul" might be considered synonymous with the "spirit," but the New Testament provides a plain distinction between the two.
It says that man has both a soul and a spirit (1 Thes. 5:23), and the soul can be divided from the spirit (Heb. 4:12).
β€œFor the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
This would seem to illistrate that man's spirit exists "within the soul , like the marrow is within the joints or bones. The soul is the "outer part" of the inner, immaterial man.

As we have learned, the soul is the part of man that relates to the world. With It's lusts, hungers, loves, joys, fears, sorrows., and because it is easily impacted emotionally by the worldly environment in which man exists and it is therefore unstable and vulnerable.
The spirit of man is also affected by emotions (2 Cor 2:13), but the spirit of man is the innermost part of man, the God breathed core if you like; and it is man's spirit which enables and empowers communication with God, mostly through meditating on His written Word, the Holy Bible.

God commmunicates with the believer by the indwelling of his spirit, once we are born again of the Spirit and bear witness that we are children of God. (Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 6:17; 2 Tim. 4:22). It is by the spirit that we seek God (Isa. 26:9). It is by the spirit that we search the heart (Psa. 77:6). The spirit is the lamp of the Lord that searches the innermost parts of the heart. (which includes the spirit and soul) (Prov. 20:27).

The spirit is the life source of man's being. "We may use the illustration of three concentric circles: The outer circle referring to our body. Our body is our outer part containing our five senses with which we contact all the things of the physical, material realm. The middle circle refers to the soul. The soul being our inner part containing our mind, will and emotions, which governs our contact with the psychological realm. The inner circle , or core, refers to our spirit (like the core of a nuclear power plant. Small but the source of it's power) The spirit is man's core being through which we commune with and make contact with God and enables the gaining of kowledge and wisdom relating to the spirit realm"

There are two important applications to this teaching. First, God intends for man to walk in the spirit so that man's spirit, surrendered to God's Spirit, controls his soul and body. The heart and the soul can affect the spirit (Prov. 15:13), and in the worldly sense, this is where man goes wrong, allowing the devil to destroy his life through sin because of the lust of the flesh and evil desires of the heart.

But the spirit can influence the heart and the soul, and visa versa. See( Psa. 42:5; Prov. 23:19) Consider the example of Mary's praise (Luke 1:46-47). It could be said that Mary's rejoicing spirit moved her soul to praise God. "Mary's spirit leapt for joy within her, as her soul magnified the Lord" . Second the Word of God can cut through man's turmoil of the soul, to bring peace and joy by His presence in the spirit (Jer 15: 16).

It also appears that soul and spirit point to a major difference between the natural body and the resurrection body. The natural body is largely soulish, whereas the resurrection body is spiritual (1 Co. 15:45). This means that the resurrection body is totally oriented to the spirit. The natural body has a spirit within the soul, but the spirit is often overwhelmed by and controlled by the soul. The resurrection body (1 Cor 15: 42-44) will be oriented in an entirely different manner so as to be completely dominated by the spiritual realm.

So in summary, we can point to the spirit and soul as combining to represent immaterial man, which exists eternally beyond the death of our earthly flesh bodies.
Also, the bible clearly points to the spirit of man as his God breathed life force and represents the very essence of life and allows us to communicate with our creator, and the soul, the other half of our immaterial being, encompasses our mind, our will and our emotions. We believe that sometimes the scriptures can use 'heart' & 'spirit' interchangeably, in reference to mankind.

In this audio presentation, Tom MacMahon and Mike warren address the topic: "Where is your heart"... Enjoy.

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