Moses, in Genesis 2:7 gives the following account of the
creation of man:
"Then Yehovah Elohim formed
Adam of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the spirit of
lives; and Adam became a living soul."189
In this verse Moses tells us how God created Man:
First, He formed manís body from the dust of the earth. Second, God breathed
into man not just life but the breath of lives. The noun is plural
lives72 not life.73 When manís living spirit
combined with the body, the body came to life and a self-conscious living soul
was created. Thus, man has three kinds of life: a living spirit, a living soul
and a living physical body.
75, 76 is the means by which he has
God-consciousness and is able to communicate with and have relationship with
God. It is also the means by which man receives Godís will and plan for his
life. Finally, it is the vehicle through which spiritual gifts are given and
manifested. (1 Cor 2:10-15)
74, 77 is the means by which he has
self-consciousness and is what man becomes and manifests through his
physical body in personality, vocation, and life style as a result of heart
response to, one, what he has learned through his mind, body, conscience, and
emotions; two, through what he has received from God through his human spirit; and
three, as a result of those abilities and talents God has chosen to give him
individually.159 This is the reason for the resurrection: so man can
continue to give expression of his soul-life through his body. In hell one
continues to have self-consciousness, but opportunity to give expression of that
soul-life is forever ceased which is what is meant by the destruction of the
soul: no means to develop or give expression of the soul-life.
78, 79 is the means by which he has
world-consciousness and is the means by which he relates to and communicates
with the physical world through his five senses. Second, it is the means through
which his soul carries out Jesusí love and plan for his life outlined in the
Bible and revealed by the Holy Spirit through his human spirit.
Jesse Penn-Lewis, in his book Soul & Spirit, says the
following about the constitution of man:
"Tertullian, one of the Church Fathers who wrote in the early
centuries of the Christian era, calls the Ďfleshíóor physical beingóĎthe body of
the soulí, and the soul Ďthe vessel of the spirit.í The soul stands between the
spirit and the body, for Ďdirect communication between spirit and flesh is
impossible; their intercourse can be carried on only by means of a mediumíóthe
soul being that medium."80/138
Manís Soul is the medium between the spiritual and the
physical world. Man receives information in his soul from both the spiritual and
the physical world, but it is the soul that decides how it is going to use that
information. Neither the spiritual realm nor the physical realm can make man do
anything. It is manís soul which chooses his destiny.
This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 16:24-25 when
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose
it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be
profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man
give in exchange for his soul?"
Jesus tells us in this passage that if we insist on hanging
onto our soul-life: our purpose, vocation and destiny in life, we will lose our
souls. This means that we will never know the purpose, vocation and destiny in
life Jesus created us to have. The person who rejects Jesus as Lord of his life
and destiny, when he dies, will go into eternity never knowing who he really
was. He will lose the soul-life Jesus intended for him to have and will forever
lose any means of expressing and carrying out the soul-life he wanted to have.
This is because Jesus is our source of life, existence and this world and all we
enjoy in this world.
Jesus gives us 70 years to decide whether we want to have
relationship with Him or not. Because He gives us the freedom of choice as to
whether to have relationship with Him or not, if we reject Him until we die, He
then honors our choice of rejection of Him and separates Himself and all He
would have given to us if we chose relationship with Him. The problem, though,
is that He is our source of life and all that is. Therefore to be separated from
Him is to be separated from everything that is. All that is left is our
self-conscious awareness of existence in a fiery black darkness forever with no
possible means of ever being able to develop, express or fulfill our soul
desires again because without Jesus there is no means because He is the means.
Jesus created man dependent on three kinds of life that are
recorded in the First Epistle of John 3:14-17.
"We know that we have passed out of spiritual-death into
spiritual-life48, because we love the brethren. He
who does not love abides in spiritual-death. Everyone who hates his brother is a
murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal spiritual-life abiding in
him. We know love by this, that He laid down His soul77
for us; and we ought to lay down our souls for the brethren. But whoever has the
biological-means-of-life,81 and beholds his brother in
need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
These three kinds of life are the following:
which is spiritual life. This is the life of our Spirit. Jesus is
spiritual-life82 and the source of nourishment for our spirit. To
cut off Jesus is to cut off the means of feeding and keeping our spirits alive
spiritually. Jesus said,
"Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to
eternal spiritual-life, which the Son of Man shall give to you,
for on Him God the Father has set His seal." (John 6:27)
which is the life of the soul. Our soul is alive when it has the means to
express and carry out the talents, abilities, desires and gifts God gave us.
If a person is not provided with what is necessary to develop and express the
soul life God has called him to, he will go into complete frustration and
anger and break down. Now You understand the plight of the ghettos. A person
must have the means to develop and express the soul-life God has called him
to, to be happy and healthy. When a person is killed physically, the potential
for what his soul life might have been in this world is brought to a halt,
destroyed. Jesus gave up his soul, his earthly life, as well as his physical
life for us on the cross to save us and so we could have the means eternally
to express and carry out the soul-life He has for us.
which is the means to sustain biological, physical life. This is the life of
our physical body. If you stop feeding your body biological food, your body
Moses gives us further insight into the creation of man in
"Then Elohim said, Let Us make man in Our image83,
according to Our likeness84; and let them rule over the fish of the
sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. And Elohim created man
in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him; male85 and
female86 He created them."
In this passage, Moses tells us many things about man:
First, man was created in Godís image and according to His
Second, God created man to rule over the created creatures
of the earth and to subdue the earth.
Third, God created Man male and female.
Fourth, God created man to have children and fill the
in this passage, Moses tells us that not only did God create man a spirit, soul
and body, but that He created man in His own image and according to His
likeness. This means many things. First, the Bible teaches us that God is
Spirit. Jesus said in John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must
worship in spirit and truth." God created us a spirit, soul and body, we have a
spirit like God.
Second the Bible teaches us that Godís spirit is invisible to
us. The Apostle John wrote in John 1:18, "No one has seen God at any time; the
only-begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has revealed
Him." Godís true self is invisible to us. What we know about God we know through
the incarnation of His Son Jesus Christ and through His Word the Bible. Our true
self, our spirit, is also invisible to us. Only in the spiritual realm can we
see our true self. In this physical life our true self is hidden from us and
Finally, Paul teaches us in 1 Timothy 1:17 that God is
immortal: "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
God, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen." Our spirit and soul are also
immortal. In this sense we are created in Godís image with one difference: While
we had a beginning, God had no beginning but is eternal as well as immortal.
When God created us, He created us to live forever.
Second, being created in Godís image means that manís inner
constitution operates the same way Godís does with two differences: Godís is
infinite and manís is finite, and Godís is independent but man is dependent on
God. This is why we are able to communicate with and have a relationship with
God because our inward workings are the same as His. Just as God has intellect,
emotion and will, so we have intellect, emotion and will.
Third, being created in Godís image means man was created
with the moral righteousness of God ruling over him through his human spirit. Watchman
Nee in His book, The Latent Power of the Soul, explains what this means:
"The words Ďimageí and Ďlikenessí may seem to be alike in
meaning and may therefore appear repetitious. But in Hebrew the word Ďimageí
does not point to physical likeness, rather it denotes moral or spiritual
similarity. Someone has put it as: Ďchange into likenessí; that is, Ďto be
conformed to a likenessí The purpose in God creating man is for man to be
transformed according to His image, God wanted Adam to be like Him." 87/18
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