And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have been talking about man being three part, spirit, soul, and body. We need to understand very clearly the need and operation of each of these parts. We addressed in part, the spirit part of man, and last week we explored the soul part, which is also three part, the mind, the will and emotion.
The Psalmist had a revelation of whom he really was when he said “I am fearfully, and wonderfully made.” (If he was, so are you), Psalm 139. With this truth in mind, you can never be defeated you will always be victorious in all you do. Your soul (the mind part) knows very well. In our bulletin last week, we said that the mind is the part of soul that gains knowledge. With all that in mind, now we can look at the other parts, the will and the emotion.
The part of the soul we want to cover now is the WILL.
Job 7:15 says, “My soul would choose,” and 6:7 says, “My soul refuses.” To choose and to refuse are both decisions and functions of the will. These passages prove that the will must be a part of the soul. First Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Jehovah your God.” Just as we set our mind to think, this verse says that we set our soul to seek. This is, of course, to make a decision. Let’s talk about the third part of the soul, the emotion.
The emotion comprises many things, including love, hatred, joy, and grief. Song of Songs 1:7 and Psalm 42:1 show us that to love is a function of the soul. This proves that within the soul there is the organ, the function, of the emotion. Second Samuel 5:8, Psalm 107:18, and Ezekiel 36:5 show us that hating, loathing, and despising are also in the soul. Its interesting to note that all the three parts of the soul work together. The mind will pick an issue, and forward it to the WILL (where choices are made) The will, will send the matter to the emotion and and tell the body (not part of the soul) how to react to the situation. The other way round is also true. The body tells the emotion how “it feels good”, emotion tells the will to make a choice based on the feeling, the will tells the mind (intellect) to reason, then sends the matter to the spirit which rejects the matter because of its fleshly nature, and at this point a choice is made for or against the spirit. Check out our new series next week in your SPREADING THE LIGHT BULLETIN. Your are blessed.