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The Love of God

How I loved to hear George Beverly Shea sing to prepare the hearts of the listeners before Billy Graham would preach.

The Love of God truly is difficult for the human psyche to grasp. Over the last 55 years I have sat under a few different pastors, and God has taught me different things that He wanted me to know about Him and His love for me through each of those men of God.

Over many years I have read in God’s Word about how Jesus understands everything we go through because He has been through it too. I always had this question in my mind, “How could a sinless God know how I feel when I am feeling burdened and shameful of sin?”

God reminded me of another aspect of His love for me through Pastor Denson’s preaching of how it effected Jesus and how He must have felt when He was bathed in the whole world’s sin, from the beginning of time unto the end of days. Add to that the fact that He was separated from His Holy Father for the first and only time throughout all time.

I say reminded because this is exactly what led me to the Lord on Easter Sunday 1965. In my grandmother’s church, a Sunday School teacher taught on just that subject – how sad it must have been for Jesus when all of our sins were dumped on Him on the cross of Calvary, and how sad He must have been especially when His Holy Father had to turn away and could not look on Him because of all that filthy sin. It is so true that some of us who have been saved for a long time can forget some things about that miracle God did on our day of Salvation. I am thankful for this reminder.

This past Sunday Pastor Denson preached about the betrayal of Judas from John 13. Verse 21 says, “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” In times past when I have read or heard those words, my reaction has been to become angry at the thought that Judas, who had spent 3 1/2 years with our Lord and was one of His disciples, could so betray the Lord like he did. Anyway, there is a lot more to that verse that we can miss if we are not careful.

I always thought that the words, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, meant that Jesus was disappointed in Judas for what he would do. BUT, our pastor pointed out that the word troubled is very significant here. Jesus was feeling overwhelmed and sad for Judas because, number 1, He of course knew what Judas would do, He knows everything, and number 2, He knew how Judas would feel after he had done it. He knew that Judas would be so convicted that he would not be able to forgive himself and that he would end his own life. I am sure Jesus wanted with all His heart to spare Judas of all that pain. Did you get that? Jesus felt more sorrow in His heart for Judas over the grief He knew it would cause him than He did for being betrayed or even what Jesus knew He would have to endure to save a lost and sinful world.

For us parents/grandparents we can surely relate to this when we see our children/grandchildren heading down a path that we know will cause them much pain and heartache. We know because much of the time we have been on some of those paths ourselves, and we know how it feels when we come to ourselves and we realize our sin and are overwhelmed with the conviction of it. Like Jesus must feel when any one of us heads down a wrong path, we want to spare them of what they will experience for their choices. But we have to understand, as He assuredly does, everyone has free will and has to face the consequences of our actions, even though we would like to spare them such pain.


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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in God's Love


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Marriage Between Man and Woman is a Picture of our Relationship with God

All through Scripture we find how the marriage union between the man and woman is a picture of the relationship between God and His children. In the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the wife of Yahweh. When Israel became adulterous and worshiped other gods, she was described as a harlot – Jeremiah 3:1 “They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” ( See also Ezekiel 23)

Israel’s spiritual unfaithfulness became so disgusting in God’s eyes that He issued a writing of divorcement – Jeremiah 3:8 “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” This was actually more of what we might call a separation, because God in His great love for His chosen people could not bear to cut Israel off without a promise of renewal – Hosea 2:14-20; 5:15 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”; “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

The Book of Revelation and the Epistles, describe the church as the Bride of Christ. The experience of taking a bride is similar for both Adam and Christ–Adam was put to sleep; Christ was laid in a tomb. When Christ came to earth in human form, He left His Father. When He began His earthly ministry and ultimately died on the Cross, he left his mother. This was for the purpose of cleaving to the object of His love–His people. As each sinner receives Jesus into their heart, they become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”

The entire focus and course of a life is changed both by marriage and a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Marriage – 1 Corinthians 7:3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”, and becoming a child of God – Mark 8:34 “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”; 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”; 1 Corinthians 7:23 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”

Both marriage and becoming a child of God demand death to self and accountability to God and to others. A wife or husband cannot be faithful to more than one partner, just as a Christian cannot serve any other God – Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

When we become believers, we ought have no hesitation in giving ourselves completely and totally to God, because of the high price He paid for our souls – 1 Peter 1:18, 19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” God has given ALL He has to give; He now rightly expects our ALL in response – Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

In marriage two hearts are grafted together, making them dependent on each other for life. This is illustrated in John 15, with Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches. Through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and His control in the life of both partners, this picture of marriage and the parallel relationship of Christ and his Bride come into focus. The Holy Spirit fills and fulfills both.

When we compare our relationship with our LORD to the marriage relationship, it makes it so much easier to understand His great love for each and every individual soul and life of the human race.

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Posted by on March 9, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Tidbits from the Book of James – Part 2

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James 1:9-18

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (Though some are just common and perhaps poor in the eyes of the world, they have much to rejoice about if they are high and lifted up as rich in their faith in Jesus and heirs as adopted children of God.)

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. (The rich may rejoice because they are under the care and protection God gives if they are saved by the blood of Jesus, which usually leads to a humbling attitude of gratitude. But, we are to understand that the temporal wealth that this world offers is a withering thing. So, let the rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises that teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from enjoyments of the world that pass and fade away as the grass that withers. Let the rich man not put his faith in his riches, but in God alone.)

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (Now not all who suffer are blessed; but those who persevere through the trials, not blaming God and whining, “why me.” We can get through those times knowing that it is our duty, and be thankful for tough times to bring us closer to our Lord. It is not the afflictions that make us miserable, if they come through no fault of our own choices. Those of us who make it through the testings that come to make us more like Christ, will be crowned with the Crown of Life by Jesus himself. Jesus promises us this crown if we have Him in our hearts and if we nurture our love for Him as we mature. Every saved soul that truly loves God, shall have its trials in this life fully rewarded for eternity in Heaven where love is made perfect. The commands of God, and His dealings with us as He prepares us for our future with Him forever, will try our hearts, but in time they will show us to be strong in character and count as our testimony to bring others to Salvation.)

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (Though we all have those fiery trials throughout our lives, we must never think that the temptations to sin comes from God. He is pure and Holy and cannot sin. We must remember that there is evil in this world that we must battle every day of our lives. Because we are saved, does not mean that we will not sin anymore. Our saved spirits will battle our selfish, evil flesh until we see our Lord. We are just sinners saved by His grace. Jesus gave us the victory over that evil in His death, burial and resurrection. All we need do is go to His Word and speak it against the evil tempter as Jesus did when He was tempted by him.)

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (Temptations come to us in our thoughts that, if we spend time thinking on them, bring about a lust to sin. The temptations themselves are not sin. It is when we spend time thinking on the temptations and then put action to them that they become sin. We must immediately recognize the evil temptations and cast them out through the power of Jesus’ name and the power of His Holy Word, replacing those evil thoughts with God’s pure and powerful/alive Word.)

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (God never changes. He is the same today as He was yesterday and thousands of years ago and will be for eternity. So we know that any good thing comes from Him, but we also know that all thoughts that would lead us to sin come from God’s enemy and our enemy, the devil. God has, has always had, and will always have power over that sinful creature who only wants to destroy anything and anyone belonging to God. It is up to us if we let him have his way in our lives or not.)

18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (In Israel, the first sheaf of harvested grain was always offered to God – Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:9-14. Those firstfruits were a preview of what was yet to be gathered. James explained that he and other Jewish Christians were a kind of firstfruits. They were the first yield of a much greater harvest that was yet to be gathered as a result of the spread of the Good News/Gospel. We are products of those firstfruits.)

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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in God's Truth


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Doctrine of Man – Part 7

The Being of Man – Part 3

C. Man is a Soul

In the Old Testament, the word “soul” comes from the Hebrew word “nephesh.” This word is translated into many different words in the King James Bible. Some of these other words are: beast, body, breath, creature, fish, ghost, heart, person and self. Thus the word “soul” has a very broad meaning. For the purpose of this study, we will break the word down very generally to have three meanings. To understand our being and our relationship to God, we will focus on the third. In the Bible the word “soul” refers to:

1. Any living being, human and sometimes animal – Soul would be synonymous with “a being, person, individual” in this case. This does not mean that animals possess a soul (as humans), but they are a soul (a being). Example: Genesis 46:25-27, “These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven. All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six; And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.”

Animals are souls (beings). Example: Leviticus 24:18, “And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.” The words, “beast for beast” are from the Hebrew word “nephesh.” It is translated “fish” in Isaiah 19:10. Nine times “nephesh” is translated “creature.” Example: Genesis 2:19, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” We can thank God that He led the translators of the King James Bible to write the words “beast, creature, fish, etc.” in the English. Never when we read the word “soul” in the KJB is it talking about an animal, but only humans as a being, or the inward man. It appears as though the English clarifies the Hebrew in differentiating between animals and humans.

2. The inner most being of man – This being appears to be even deeper than the spirit of man. Like the spirit, the emotions have a great effect on the soul. Every emotion that the spirit of man experiences, the soul experiences as well. A casual glance a the listings of the word “soul” in the Strong’s concordance will verify that.

The Greek word for spirit (pneuma) is sometimes translated into the English word “mind,” but never into the English word “heart.” The Hebrew word for spirit (ruwach) is sometimes translated into the English word “mind,” but never into the English word “heart.”

The Greek word for soul (psuche) is translated into both English words “mind” and “heart.” The Hebrew word for soul (nephesh) is translated into both English words “mind” and “heart.” Thus, the mind pertains to the body (instincts, reflexes), the spirit (emotions, will), and the soul (emotions, will); but the heart pertains more closely to the soul. Consider their close proximity in the following verses:

Acts 4:32 “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;”

Judges 16:16-17 “And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

Psalm 13:2 “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?”

Psalm 33:20-21 “Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.”

The word “heart” comes from the Greek word “kardia,” (like cardiac). The Latin derivative is “cor” from which we get the English “core.” The heart is the core of our being, and it seems to rest in and relate to the things of the soul.

Human Soul – Innermost Man, Human Body – Outer Man, Heart (the flesh) – Beliefs (core of our being), Human Spirit – Inner Man, Emotions, Will, Thoughts, Meditations, Thinking, Human Mind (Brain) – Reflexes, Instincts, Thinking, Conscience (That which the mind permits or allows)

A very simplified diagram of our being might look like this: Because the heart is the core of our being, and it relates closer to the human soul than the human spirit, we can see that the soul appears to be the “innermost” part of man, and the spirit is the “inner” man. God’s concern for the man is from the inside out, man’s concern for himself is usually from the outside in.

For example, man’s greatest concern is usually his body (food, drink, sleep, clothing, shelter, lusts, safety, provision, etc.). His second greatest concern is his spirit (feelings, emotions, will–dealing with depression, loneliness, anger, etc.). He casually leaves the care of his soul to a religion he associates with, his clergyman, his parents faith, baptism, morals, etc. Millions of people go to see doctors of every sort to care for their bodies every year. Millions of dollars are spent on cosmetics, drugs, vitamins, etc. Hardly anyone goes to see a Pastor or a Christian about their soul. We need to go to them. Even then, they are not very receptive or they are indifferent.

God starts with the heart – Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” Psalm 49:8 “(For the redemption of their soul is precious…)” When the heart and soul are right with God, it affects the spirit and does a healing work there. When the spirit is right, it helps the body generally. Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity…” God heals from the inside out. Man tries to heal from the outside in.

3. The part of man that can have and maintain a relationship with God – We are to love God with all of our being, no doubt. The Great Commandment is to love God with all of the heart, all of the soul, all of the mind (which controls the human spirit), and with all of our strength (body). However, Scripture is given over to the soul as the part of man that mostly relates to God. A general statement on this subject could be:

a. The human spirit relates mostly to man – “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?” (1 Corinthians 2:11)

b. The human soul relates mostly to God – Consider all of the following statements about the soul. Notice the relationship to God in all of them. (Most of this is not said of the spirit.):

  • The soul can sin – Leviticus 4:2; 5:1, 15, 17; 6:2; Numbers 15:27; Micah 6:7
  • The soul needs to be atoned for – Leviticus 17:11; Exodus 30:15,16; Numbers 31:50
  • God is to be sought with the soul – Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 22:19; 2 Chronicles 5:12
  • God is to be loved with all the soul – Deuteronomy 6:5, 10:12, 11:13, 13:3, 30:6; Joshua 22:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30,33; Luke 10:27
  • God is to be served with all the soul – Deuteronomy 10:12, 11:13; Joshua 22:5
  • God’s commandments are to be kept and done in truth with all the soul – Deuteronomy 26:16, 30:2; 1 Kings 2:4; 2 Kings 23:3, 2 Chronicles 34:31
  • God is to be turned to with all of the heart and soul – Deuteronomy 30:10
  • Poured out my soul before the Lord – 1 Samuel 1:15
  • The Lord can redeem the soul out of all adversity – 2 Samuel 4:9
  • The Lord can redeem the soul out of all distress – 1 Kings 1:29
  • The backslider should return to the Lord with all his heart and soul – 1 Kings 8:48; 2 Chronicles 6:38
  • God can vex our souls – Job 27:2
  • God can take away the soul – Job 27:8
  • The soul can be cursed – Job 31:30
  • God can keep the soul from destruction – Job 33:18-30; Psalms 35:17
  • God can deliver the soul – Psalms 6:3-4, 22:20, 33:19, 55:18, 56:13
  • The soul can speak to the Lord – Psalms 16:2
  • The soul can go into hell – Psalms 16:10; Acts 2:27,31
  • The soul can be converted – Psalms 19:7
  • None can keep alive his own soul – Psalms 22:29
  • The soul can be restored by God – Psalms 23:3
  • The soul can be lifted up to God worship – Psalms 25:1
  • The soul can be kept by God – Psalms 25:20
  • God knows the soul in adversities – Psalms 31:7
  • Our soul can wait on God – Psalms 33:20
  • The soul can boast in God – Psalm 34:2
  • The Lord redeems the soul – Psalms 34:22, 49:8,15, 69:18, 71:23
  • The Lord saves the soul – Psalms 35:3
  • The soul can be joyful in the Lord – Psalms 35:9
  • The soul can be healed by God – Psalms 41:4
  • The soul can pant after God – Psalms 42:1
  • The soul can thirst for God – Psalms 42:2, 63:1, 143:6
  • The soul can hope in God – Psalms 42:5,11, 43:5
  • The soul can trust in God – Psalms 57:1
  • The soul can wait upon God – Psalms 62:1,5
  • The Lord can satisfy the soul – Psalms 63:5
  • The soul can follow God – Psalms 63:8
  • God holds our soul in life – Psalms 66:9
  • I will declare what He hath done for my soul – Psalms 66:16
  • The Lord redeems the soul from deceit – Psalms 72:14
  • The soul can long for God – Psalms 84:2
  • The soul can faint for God – Psalms 84:2
  • The soul is preserved by God – Psalms 86:2, 121:7
  • The soul can be lifted up to God – Psalms 86:4, 143:8
  • Delivered my soul from the lowest hell – Psalms 86:13
  • Lord cast off our soul – Psalms 88:14
  • God can delight our soul – Psalms 94:19
  • The soul can bless the Lord – Psalms 103:1,2,22, 104:1,35
  • God can send leanness into the soul – Psalms 106:15
  • God can satisfy the longing soul – Psalms 107:9
  • God can fill the hungry soul with goodness – Psalms 107:9
  • God can deliver the soul – Psalms 116:4,8, 120:2
  • The soul can praise God – Psalms 119:175, 146:1
  • Our soul can wait on the Lord – Psalms 130:5,6
  • God can strengthen our soul – Psalms 138:3
  • God can leave the soul destitute – Psalms 141:8
  • God can bring our soul out of prison – Psalms 142:7
  • God can bring the soul out of trouble – Psalms 143:11
  • The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish – Proverbs 10:3
  • The soul can be won – Proverbs 11:30, 14:25
  • The soul is guarded by keeping the commandments – Proverbs 19:16
  • The Lord keeps the soul – Proverbs 24:12
  • Woe unto their soul – Isaiah 3:9
  • The desire of our soul is unto Thee – Isaiah 26:8-9
  • God loves the soul – Isaiah 38:17
  • God delights in the soul of the elect – Isaiah 42:1
  • Hear God and your soul shall live – Isaiah 55:3
  • God can satisfy the soul in drought – Isaiah 58:11
  • My soul shall be joyful in my God – Isaiah 61:10
  • God can water the soul as a garden – Jeremiah 31:12
  • God can satiate the soul with His goodness – Jeremiah 31:14
  • God can satiate and replenish the soul – Jeremiah 31:25
  • The Lord made our soul – Jeremiah 38:16; Isaiah 57:16
  • The soul can speak of the Lord – Lamentations 3:24
  • The soul can seek the Lord – Lamentations 3:25
  • The soul of every man belongs to God – Ezekiel 18:4
  • The soul that sins shall die – Ezekiel 18:4,20
  • The soul can be saved – Ezekiel 18:27
  • He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul – Ezekiel 33:5
  • The soul is delivered from bloodguiltiness by warning others – Ezekiel 33:9
  • The soul can be sinned against – Habakkuk 2:10
  • The soul can be destroyed in hell – Matthew 10:28
  • The soul can be eternally lost – Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36-37
  • The soul can magnify the Lord – Luke 1:46
  • The soul shall be required of by God someday – Luke 12:20
  • God can call for a record upon our soul – 2 Corinthians 1:23
  • The soul can be preserved blameless by the Lord – 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Psalms 97:10
  • Jesus is the anchor of the soul – Hebrews 6:19
  • Believing saves the soul – 1 Peter 1:9, 1 Peter 10:39
  • God’s engrafted word is able to save our souls – James 1:21
  • Conversion saves a soul from death – James 5:20
  • Soul is purified in obeying the truth – 1 Peter 1:22
  • Jesus is the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls – 1 Peter 2:25
  • The soul can be committed to God for keeping – 1 Peter 4:19

As we can see, there are many Scriptures that relate the soul to God. There are far fewer that relate the spirit to God. So, generally, it can be said for the believer: The spirit relates to man, the soul relates to God.


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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in God's Truth


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Doctrine of Man – Part 6

The Being of Man – Part 2

B. Man is a Spirit

Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

1. The human spirit is given to man by God. Isaiah 42:5, “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” Zechariah 12:1, “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.” Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

2. Having a spirit is principle to all animal and human life. Ecclesiastes 3:21, “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” (See also Ezekiel 1:20, 10:17)

3. The Lord is God over all spirits. Numbers 16:22, “And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?” Numbers 27:16, “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,”

4. No human has any power to retain their spirit when the day of death comes. Ecclesiastes 8:8a, “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death:…” Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” The Father even knows when the sparrow falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29). Death comes to the body when the spirit departs from it. James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

5. When Stephen died, he gave up his spirit. Acts 7:59, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

6. The little maid who died revived when her spirit came back into her. Luke 8:53-55, “And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.”

7. The “spirit” is also called the “ghost.” These two words come from the same Greek word. When Jesus died, he yielded up the ghost (Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37-39; John 19:30). This was right after He said in Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” So, the spirit and the ghost are the same. Thus, the spirit is a very real invisible man or a ghost. Luke 24:37, “But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.” The following also gave up the ghost when they died: Ananias in Acts 5:5; Sapphira in Acts 5:10; Herod in Acts 12:23.

8. The spirit is distinctly different from the soul. Hebrews 4:12a, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,…” We will study the soul later. An animal is never said to have a soul in the Bible. Only humans have souls.

9. A spirit is a person, but without flesh and bones. Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

10. The spirit of man is the seat of the mind, emotions and will. The mind pertains mainly to the spirit. Ephesians 4:23, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” The conscience pertains to the mind. The processes of the mind and conscience affect a person’s emotions and will.

11. We may never completely understand the human spirit in this life. Ecclesiastes 11:5a declares, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit,…”

12. The Lord examines us by watching our inner person. The human spirit is the candle of the Lord. A candle is used for searching. By examining our spirit, the Lord knows what we are made of Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”

13. Even though we cannot completely understand the human spirit, nor the ways of God, yet we are to take heed to our spirit. It is not to be neglected. Just as we are to take care of our body, so we should tend to our spirit. Malachi 2:15-16, “And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”

14. We are supposed to rule our spirit. Proverbs 16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 25:28, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

15. A person who is born again is saved. Whereas, salvation has mostly to do with our souls, the spirit is also said to be saved and secured of a place in Heaven. 1 Corinthians 5:5, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” Hebrews 12:23, “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

16. The spirit can be cleaned up in a person who desires to be sanctified. 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 1 Corinthians 7:34 tells us that the spirit can be made holy, “There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

17. The Lord Jesus can be with our spirit. Galatians 6:18, “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:22, “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” Philemon 1:25, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” The Lord’s visitation of our spirit preserves a right spirit in us. Job 10:12, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.”

18. The Lord can make the human spirit new. Ezekiel 18:31, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

19. He can also renew a right spirit within us when it goes bad. Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Let us look further into the spirit of man by studying these 3 general statements:

1. The mind (and conscience) affect the spirit of man. Thoughts and understanding have an impact on the human spirit.

  • “The spirit of my understanding” Job 20:3
  • “My spirit made diligent search” Psalm 77:6
  • “A man of understanding is of an excellent spirit” Proverbs 17:27
  • “Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel…” Daniel 5:12 (6:3)
  • “They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding…” Isaiah 29:24
  • “And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit…” Mark 2:8
  • “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit…” Romans 8:16
  • “What man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?” 1 Corinthians 2:11
  • “My spirit prayeth” 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
  • “I will sing with the spirit” 1 Corinthians 14:15
  • “The spirit of your mind” Ephesians 4:23

2. The human spirit effects the will.

  • “Everyone whom his spirit made willing” Exodus 35:21
  • “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and followed me fully” Numbers 14:24
  • “hardened his spirit” Deuteronomy 2:30
  • “Neither was their spirit in them anymore” Joshua 5:1; 1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chronicles 9:4; Psalm 143:7
  • “That thou turnest they spirit against God” Job 15:13
  • “The spirit within me constraineth me” Job 32:18
  • “He that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” Proverbs 11:13
  • “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity” Proverbs 18:14
  • “The proud in spirit” Ecclesiastes 7:8
  • “With my spirit within me will I seek thee early” Isaiah 26:9
  • “And every spirit shall faint” Ezekiel 21:7
  • “The spirit indeed is willing” Matthew 26:41
  • “The spirit truly is ready” Mark 14:38
  • “The child grew, and waxed strong in the spirit” Luke 1:80, 2:40
  • “The wisdom and spirit by which he spake” Acts 6:10
  • “Paul purposed in the spirit” Acts 19:21
  • “Whom I serve with my spirit” Romans 1:9
  • “We should serve in newness of spirit” Romans 7:6
  • “Stand fast in one spirit” Philippians 1:27
  • “Be thou an example…in spirit” 1 Timothy 4:12

3. The human spirit affects the emotions/feelings.

  • troubled spirit – Genesis 41:8; Job 21:4; Daniel 2:13; John 13:21 (Note: Even Jesus was troubled in spirit, but never in heart.)
  • revived spirit – Genesis 45:27; Judges 15:19; 1 Samuel 30:12
  • anguish of spirit – Exodus 6:9; Job 7:11
  • sorrowful spirit – 1 Samuel 1:15
  • sad spirit – 1 Kings 21:5
  • stirred up spirit – 2 Chronicles 36:22; Ezra 1:1; Haggai 1:14; Acts 17:16
  • dried up spirit – Job 6:4; Isaiah 57:16
  • affected spirit – Job 26:4 (someone else’s spirit affects ours, rather than us doing our own thinking or feeling)
  • contrite spirit – Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 57:15, 66:2
  • broken spirit – Psalm 51:17; Proverbs 17:22
  • overwhelmed spirit – Psalm 77:3, 142:3, 143:4
  • provoked spirit – Psalm 106:33
  • hasty spirit – Proverbs 14:29; Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • breached spirit – Proverbs 15:4 (In Hebrew means “a fracture.”)
  • broken spirit – Proverbs 15:13
  • haughty spirit – Proverbs 16:18
  • humble spirit – Proverbs 16:19, 29:23; Isaiah 57:15
  • wounded spirit – Proverbs 18:14
  • vexed spirit – Ecclesiastes 1:17, 2:11,17,26,  3:26, 4:4,6,16, 6:9; Isaiah 65:14 (A vexed spirit is depression. It was Solomon’s pursuit of worldly happiness that led to his depression.)
  • patient spirit – Ecclesiastes 7:8
  • perverse spirit – Isaiah 19:14
  • grieved spirit – Isaiah 54:6; Daniel 7:15
  • heavy spirit – Isaiah 61:3
  • poor in spirit – Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 5:3
  • heated spirit – Ezekiel 3:14 (To be righteously angered or indignant.)
  • quieted spirit – Zechariah 6:8
  • rejoicing spirit – Luke 10:21
  • worshiping spirit – John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3 (There must be feeling and emotion put into true worship of God.)
  • groaning in spirit – John 11:33
  • pressed in spirit – Acts 18:5
  • fervent in spirit – Acts 18:25
  • a present spirit – 1 Corinthians 5:3-4; Colossians 2:5 (Though absent in body, a person can be attached to a person or a situation emotionally.)
  • glorifying spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:20 (to glorify God that is)
  • refreshed spirit – 1 Corinthians 16:18; 2 Corinthians 7:13
  • restless spirit – 2 Corinthians 2:13
  • filthy spirit – 2 Corinthians 7:1
  • meek and quiet spirit – 1 Peter 3:4 (an ornament of great price in the sight of God, especially for a woman to have.)

All in all, there are about 98 references to the human spirit in the Old Testament, and about 52 references in the New Testament. It would do us well to take heed to our spirit and be aware of what affects it and how it affects us. May the Lord help us to keep our minds and consciences pure in His sight, and thus have a right spirit within us.

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in God's Truth


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Creation of the First Woman

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The first time the word woman appears in the Bible is when God created Eve from Adam’s rib or side. The Hebrew word for this usage of woman is nashiym (naw-sheem), “because she was taken out of man” (Genesis 2:23). The stress is on identification of womanhood.

God’s word tells us that he created the earth and the heavens and everything in them in seven days. It was on the 6th day that he created mankind. Genesis 1:26, 27 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

We see that God made both man and woman in his image. One was not any more the image of God than the other. Neither sex was of more or lesser value to God. He fashioned and prepared us for various tasks, but his purpose was for us to live with the same intent: to honor God. Though one of us is not superior to the other, each of our genders has its own exclusive privileges.

In Genesis 2:18 God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone; he was incomplete. “I will make him an help meet for him.” So God formed all of the beasts of the field and the birds in the air and gave them to Adam to see what names he would give them. But there was no help meet found for him among all of those.

God put Adam into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs and made a woman and brought her to him. The Hebrew word for rib used here is the feminine tsalah (tsal-aw). Literally it means a rib, as curved, of the body; or figuratively, a side or chamber of a person. Wow! It makes me think of woman actually being taken out of a chamber in man’s side. That helps me to understand why it is a God-given instinct for a man to take his woman under his wing to care for and protect her. It also explains why we women have a deep desire for our knight in shining armor to ride in, whisk us off our feet and devote his life to us. I believe that deep down inside, every woman wants her husband to step up and be the Godly leader that God created him to be. I know that I find that very comforting.

God could have made Eve from dust as he did Adam, but he chose to create her from the man’s flesh and bone. This symbolizes how a man’s and a woman’s hearts and lives are mysteriously joined together in marriage. We can see throughout God’s word that he takes this union very seriously.

A good question to ask ourselves before marrying is : “Are we willing to keep the commitment which makes the two of us one? The ultimate goal in marriage is more than friendship; it is oneness.

Side Note: God did not create man out of man nor woman out of woman that they would be godly joined in union as one. His word clearly states that he made woman from the side of man. The natural union of man and woman in marriage is a sacred blessing from God.

Homosexuality: to “change” or “leave the natural use of” sex

For those who live a homosexual lifestyle and try to justify it by pointing to God’s love and grace, I say, examine yourselves as to whether you are truly a born-again child of God, or ask yourselves if you are being led astray by Satan’s deceivers. Some are choosing to be deceived by so-called preachers (some who are homosexuals themselves) who teach that they cannot help being the way they are. Many believe and teach that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them. God does not encourage us to fulfill all of our desires, as they are not all good desires. We must restrain those desires that violate his laws. Satan’s liars do not set the standard for God’s Law, and they will answer to God for it.

Yes, God does love the sinner, but he does hate the sin. He is willing to receive anyone who comes to him in faith, and as Christians, we should always love and accept others, but not their sin. We are not to stand in judgment, but to use good judgment when it comes to tolerating what God looks upon as sin.

Homosexuality is a sin in God’s eyes. Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” The Hebrew word here for abomination as referenced to God (because this act is an abomination in God’s eyes) is toebah (to-ay-baw) – and it describes people, things, acts, relationships, and characteristics that are detestable to Him because they are contrary to His nature.

Can a saved person live the life of a homosexual? I have pondered that question much because I know and love some who live that lifestyle and say that they are saved. Only God knows that for sure. Saved people are sinners and we will be until we be with our Lord. We are to live day by day in God’s grace, repenting for sins that our natural flesh is tempted to. Repenting means turning away from.

I would venture to say that if they are saved, they are ignoring the roots of whatever issues they have in their pasts that may have led them to this lifestyle. I would also submit, that if they were totally honest with themselves, they would admit that they do not have God’s peace that passes understanding in their spirits.

To those who have homosexual desires: You can and must resist acting upon them. As with temptation to any sin, you must consciously stay away from places and behaviors that you know will spark these temptations. Do not underestimate Satan’s power and goal to lead you astray. Also, I beg you to consider the risk you take for serious harm if you keep giving in to these temptations.

If you are saved and living a homosexual lifestyle: Do not forget that God will forgive sexual sins the same as he forgives other sins. The key is to completely surrender yourselves to the grace and mercy of God, and ask him to show you the way out of sin and into the light of his liberty and love. Immerse yourselves in prayer, Bible study, and the loving support of Christians in a Bible-believing church that does not water down God’s word to make you feel better about your sin. Those actions will help you to gain the strength that you need to resist those powerful temptations. You may even need to seek the help of a trustworthy and professional true, Christian counselor. Christian meaning living a Christ-filled, Christ-like lifestyle.

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in God's Love


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