I’m A Soul Man [Lesson 6.3]

13 Jul

Got what I got the hard way
And I’ll make it better each and every day
So honey don’t you fret
Cause you ain’t seen nothing yet

I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
Play it Steve!
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man

Many of you have heard the Blues Brothers song “Soul Man”. We know from our lesson this week that mankind is both Spirit and Soul. What is the difference between the spirit and the soul?

The word “spirit,” refers only to the immaterial facet of man. Mankind has a spirit, but we are not a spirit. However, in Scripture, only believers, those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, are said to be “spiritually alive” (1 Cor. 2:11; Heb. 4:12; James 2:26). Unbelievers are “spiritually dead” (Eph 2:1-5; Col 2:13). In Paul’s writing the “spirit” was pivotal to the spiritual life of the believer (1 Cor. 2:14; 3:1; 15:45; Eph. 1:3; 5:19; Col. 1:9; 3:16). The spirit is the element in man which gives him the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. Whenever the word “spirit” is used, it refers to the immaterial part of man including his spirit and soul.

The word “soul” refers not only to the immaterial part of man but the material part as well. Unlike man having a “spirit,” man is a soul. In its most basic sense the word “soul” means “life.” However, the Bible moves beyond “life” and into many areas. One of those areas is to man’s eagerness to sin (Luke 12:26). Man is naturally evil and his soul is tainted as a result. The life principle is removed at the time of physical death (Gen. 35:18; Jer. 15:2). The “soul” as with the “spirit,” is the center of many spiritual and emotional experiences (Job 30:25; Ps. 43:5; Jer. 13:17). Whenever the word “soul” is used, it can refer to the whole person, alive or after death.

The “soul” and the “spirit” are similar in the manner in which they are used in the spiritual life of the believer. They are different in their reference. The “soul” is man’s horizontal view with the world. The “spirit” is man’s vertical view with God. It is important to understand that both refer to the immaterial part of man, but only the “spirit” refers to the man’s walk with God. The “soul” refers to man’s walk in the world, both material and immaterial.

Sing it with me…

I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man

I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man

Soul Man (live version) – Blues Brothers

Does this interest you? You might want to read “In His Image by Paul Brand and Philip Yancy

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