What is the difference between a soul and a spirit?

Author: Sigurd Bratly

Everyone has the soul and the spirit that God has given him. What separates them and how they affect us.

“For the word of God is living and effective, and sharper than any two-edged sword; Heb. 4:12.

What is the difference between a soul and a spirit?

Adam was created from the dust of the earth when he became a living soul. For this reason, our emotions, which fill our souls, are attuned to the waves of the earth. And that explains why our feelings change depending on what’s going on around us. Everything that fills this land is unstable and volatile. Therefore, he who lets his soul control his life does not rest. With the support of the soul, I communicate with people through feelings and sensations. He who lives under the control of his soul is always anxious about what others say or think of him.

In my spirit I am in fellowship with God. Therefore, being spiritual, I live according to my understanding, guided by my feelings, which are earthly, and my body serves this world. Then my spirit will be filled with earthly things, and then my connection with God will suffer, if it exists at all. The purpose of salvation in Christ Jesus is to change that state so that I can become spiritual, instead of remaining soulish and earthly. Then the result is life in faith, not in our human understanding.

Our spirits need to be revived so that God can talk to us. We must live for Him and for heavenly things. Then we will find a rest for our souls. Heavenly things are eternal and will not change. When we live before God, we are free from the anxiety and worry we experience living in front of people.

The Word of God is a double-edged sword Here the Word of God must work for us. It is sharper than a double-edged sword. It penetrates until it separates the soul and the spirit, the joints and the brain, and is the evaluator of the mind and deliberations of the heart. It is written in connection with rest.

We usually judge by our feelings and human thinking when faced with different circumstances, but when I start looking for God, I open myself and turn to God’s Word. It judges the thoughts and intentions of my heart, and separates the spirit of the soul, the earthly (human) and that which my soul has absorbed from the spiritual and the heavenly, that which I have received in the spirit. I have to believe and obey Him, and then I will empty my soul to the death. (Isaiah 53:12)

For example, the Word, “Overcome evil with good,” is directed against our human feelings and human understanding, but when we believe the Word and obey Him, we enter the rest. Then we will experience that the wisdom of God is beyond our senses. It is also written that we must forgive those who have sinned against us seventy times a day. If you are soulish, you will look to the earth and think in your heart what to do with such a person and ask your family and friends for advice. It is better to let the Word of God enter and distinguish between the wisdom received through your senses and the wisdom you received from above through the spirit. Live by faith, not by your own human reason, then you can rest.

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Peter cared about Jesus, but his thoughts were earthly and human, to save a life. This is the direction our minds are used to. Satan has access to worldly souls, and this causes terrible anxiety. Jesus said, “Get away from me, satan.” Jesus understood God’s intention to sacrifice His life. Now He wants to enliven our spirits so that we too can have wisdom from above that is pure, and so on. (James 3: 17-18)

The result is a life of faith in which we live firmly in accordance with the God’s Word, fighting our human understanding and giving our bodies to the service of God. Then our earthly and restless soul will be poured out and our thoughts will become spiritual and we will enter into the rest of God.

“See that ye refuse not to hear the speaker. … Who is from heaven .. So we, receiving a kingdom that does not shake, therefore serve God with humility and reverence; Heb. 12: 25.29.

All clutter, complaints, and anxiety come from a soulish person who is fighting for his life. A spiritual person lives by faith in God’s Word. All things are good for him. He sacrifices his life and finds rest in God. What a glorious life and what a peace – a kingdom that will not be shaken.

This is a revised version of Penetrates before Separation of Soul and Spirit, published in August 1955 in Hidden Treasures.

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