Thursday, March 27, 2014



Fear Him Which is Able to Destroy Both Spirit and Body
March 26, 2014



Over time the meaning of the word soul has been confused and misinterpreted.  Many preachers say that a human being is composed of three parts; body, soul and spirit.  If we go back to when God created the first man we can clear up the confusion.

KJV Genesis 2:7
 7.  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

Above, God formed the human body from the dust of the ground, this is the first component of a human being; secondly, God breathed into the body of dust the breath of life, these two components are what make a human being and this is what a soul is, a human being.  You do not have a soul you are a soul.
 

There is a scripture in Matthew that has been grossly butchered and gives a false meaning.
 

 KJV Matthew 10:28
 28.  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.



The word “soul” in the phrase, “kill the soul”  should be the word spirit as the Strong’s concordance says.
 

Strong's Ref. # 5590
Romanized  psuche
Pronounced psoo-khay'
from GSN5594; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from GSN4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from GSN2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew HSN5315, HSN7307 and HSN2416):
KJV--heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you.

 

The parts in orange are the comments of the Strong’s authors who believe in the “immortal soul”  which is one of many false beliefs.  Man is mortal and his hope of immortality is in a resurrection of the dead.  If a soul can be killed then how can it be immortal? What is true in this article is that this word “psuche” means breath and life. The words in blue show the true meaning.  In Genesis 2:7 Gods breath of life entered the body made of dust and only then did Adam become a living soul.  What is also important is what Jesus is saying in Matthew 10:28. I have corrected the error to show the truth of this verse.
 

KJV Matthew 10:28
 28.  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the spirit: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both spirit and body in hell (Lake of Fire).

 

Our body can be killed in many ways but our human spirit, the breath of life from God, cannot be killed in any way except by God in the lake of fire. If both the spirit and the body are killed, destroyed in the lake of fire, then the soul, the combination of breath and body or spirit and body, because breath and spirit mean the same thing, is the destruction of the entire man. There is nothing else left, the “soul”, the union of breath and body is what we are and if the soul is destroyed then we are completely destroyed; this is called everlasting death or the second death which is what Jesus saves us from.
 

The sacrifice of Jesus will not serve as payment for the sin known as the unpardonable or unforgivable sin.
 

KJV Hebrews 10:26-27
 26.  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
 27.  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

 

After being given the Holy Spirit, if you sin willfully without repentance, the sacrifice of Jesus will not cover this sin. Then a fiery devouring of your soul, spirit and body, will take place.

This is why Jesus said the following;


KJV Matthew 12:31-32
 31.  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
 32.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

 

Not now, in the millennium or second resurrection will this sin be forgiven.

The Apostle John knew this and spoke about it.

 

KJV 1 John 5:16
 16.  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

 

In orange above; this sin is covered by Christ and is not unto death, that is everlasting death, but the sin in blue is speaking of the unpardonable sin that does lead to everlasting death and the Apostle says not to pray for this sin.  The truth being show here is that salvation is not universal and that the entirety of humanity will not be saved. If as Jesus said, there is a sin that will not be forgiven in this age or the next, and Jesus also said that the entire soul, body and spirit, can be killed or destroyed by God, then salvation is not universal.

Just what is salvation.  Many say that salvation is the forgiveness of your sins to prevent death because the wages of sin is death.  This is confusing Grace and faith with immortality in the kingdom of God.  We are to experience salvation when Jesus returns and changes us from being mortal to being immortal.  Salvation is being made immortal.  At this time we are under faith and grace and this is what forgives us of our sins.
 

KJV Ephesians 2:8
 8.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

When we are in the kingdom of God we will no longer be capable of sin and no longer need faith and grace. We must be changed in order to be in the kingdom and have immortality.
 

KJV 1 Corinthians 15:52-54
 52.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
 53.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
 54.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.


Jesus compared our hope for immortality in the kingdom to a straight and narrow way; grace and faith is the way but the kingdom is where it leads to for without grace and faith we will not become immortal in the kingdom. The saints do not yet have salvation but hope for it when the kingdom comes.
 

KJV Romans 8:24-25
 24.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
 25.  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

The message of the gospel is the message of the hope of salvation. Only a very few today understand this gospel.
 

KJV 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
 1.  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
 2.  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.


Faith and grace are the prerequisites but not the final result. Salvation comes when the kingdom comes but until then we stand in the message of the gospel, grace and faith, for the continual forgiveness of our sins to keep ourselves spiritually clean ready for salvation.

KJV Ephesians 2:8
 8.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

KJV 1 Peter 1:5
 5.  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

 To understand that salvation is not universal you must know the truth of a variety of spiritual subjects; that the soul is not immortal, that there is a condition to receiving salvation which is to obey the message of the gospel, that salvation is immortality not the forgiveness of sins which is grace and that when we are in the kingdom we will not need faith or grace because we will no longer be able to sin.

Since all men are mortal this means that we all die but this first death is temporary.  There are two resurrections of the dead; the first is of the saints to immortality in the kingdom and the second is all those who never heard the message of the true gospel.  There is a second death and those who experience this death will never live again, they go from death to death, but for those who hear and obey the gospel they go from life to life and both of these judgments are a sweet savor to God.

 

KJV 2 Corinthians 2:15-17
 15.  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
 16.  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
 17.  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.


Some people think that Gods only goal and plan for humanity is to give salvation to all humanity.  In this they ignore the entire reason why God created humanity.
 

KJV Romans 8:28-29
28.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 29.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

KJV 2 Corinthians 3:18
18.  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

God did not spare the angels that sinned. The angels are immortal spirit beings who have “seen” God.  Lucifer was able to deceive a third of the angels to become enemies of God. Angels do not die for their sins, they already have immortality and the sacrifice of Jesus is not intended for angels. If God will not spare these angels He will not spare any human either who with knowledge and having His spirit willingly refuses the message of the gospel.  Only converted people can commit the sin that has no forgiveness.  Unconverted people do not have Gods spirit or knowledge and therefore cannot commit this sin but in the age to come God will pour out His spirit on all flesh that has survived the tribulation and entered the millennium and then they will become responsible for what they at that time will have been given. The same is true of those who will be in the second resurrection.  To whom much is given much is required and the servant who knew is masters will but rejected it will be beaten with many stripes but the servant who did not know will be beaten with few.  Too many stripes will beat a man to death but a few will correct him.  God will beat with a few stripes those who love Him but many with those who hate Him.

What God desires from us is to love Him and by His power be changed to be like Him and His son. It is extremely important to God that this be done by our being in agreement with God as to what He must do to us in order to be made in the image of His son.  This change God will make in us involves a drastic change of our nature from being evil sons of the Devil to being sons of God.

 

KJV Acts 26:18
 18.  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

 

This is a change of mind or spirit, the spirits of just men made perfect.  Perfection is to be like God and Christ, be you therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.  If God can create one man, His son, perfect as He is perfect then God can make us perfect as well.  The saints must understand this and be in total agreement with what God desires of us.  We must want this change with all our heart of our own free will.  Those who reject the change will not receive it.  If angels were capable of being incorrigible why not humans?  God will not force salvation on anyone.

Even the law tells us in its shadow of what will happen to a son who refuses to obey.


KJV Deuteronomy 21:18-21
 18.  If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
 19.  Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
 20.  And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
 21.  And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.


Do you have an ear?  Do you fear Him who can destroy both body and spirit in fire? 

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