3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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Summary: The soul and spirit of man are connected. What is the difference? How are they "divided" in the context of Hebrews 4:12.

• IN OUR SERIES ON THE DIMENSIONS OF YOU WE HAVE SPOKEN OF YOUR SOUL.

• THAT’S THE PART OF MAN THAT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON.

• WE’VE ALSO TALKED ABOUT YOUR SPIRIT.

• YOUR SPIRIT IS THE PART OF MAN THAT IS YOUR TRUE NATURE.

• THE WAY YOU REALLY ARE INSIDE.

• WE SAID THAT SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE GIVEN BY GOD.

• YOUR SOUL IS CREATED AND DESIGNED BY HIM TO ENABLE YOU TO LIVE FOREVER WITH GOD.

• YOUR SPIRIT, YOUR NATURE CAN BE CHANGED.

• CORRECTED BY YOUR SPIRIT, JOINING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD TO MAKE YOU THE PERSON HE WANTS YOU TO BE.

• WE SAID THAT “BODY” IS THE REPOSITORY OF THE SOUL AND SPIRIT.

• TOGETHER, BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT MAKE UP THE WHOLE MAN.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:23 – NOW MAY THE GOD OF PEACE HIMSELF SANCTIFY YOU ENTIRELY; AND MAY YOUR SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED COMPLETE, WITHOUT BLAME AT THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

• SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE CLOSELY CONNECTED IN THE SCRIPTURE, SO MUCH SO THAT THEY ARE NEARLY INTERCHANGEABLE.

• IN LUKE 1:46 – THE WORDS OF MARY CONNECT SOUL AND SPIRIT –

• “MY SOUL GLORIFIES THE LORD AND MY SPIRIT REJOICES IN GOD MY SAVIOR”.

• MARY IS SAYING THAT ALL OF BEING REJOICES IN GOD.

• WHILE IN JOHN 1:27 – JESUS SAYS THERE IS ONLY A PART OF HIM THAT IS DISTRESSED AND THAT PART IS NOT HIS NATURE.

• HIS NATURE IS CONSTANT BUT HIS SOUL…

• NOW MY SOUL IS TROUBLED, AND WHAT SHALL I SAY? 'FATHER, SAVE ME FROM THIS HOUR'? NO, IT WAS FOR THIS VERY REASON I CAME TO THIS HOUR.

• IN HEBREWS 4:12 WE HAVE ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CONNECTION OF “SOUL AND SPIRIT”.

• FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD, AND PIERCING AS FAR AS THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT, OF BOTH JOINTS AND MARROW, AND ABLE TO JUDGE THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART.

• THIS TIME THE WORD OF GOD MAKES A DISTINCTION BETWEEN SOUL AND SPIRIT.

• THIS MORNING, THE CONCLUSION OF OUR SERIES ON “THE DIMENSIONS OF YOU” – YOUR SOUL AND SPIRIT – IN THE CONTEXT OF HEBREWS 4:12.

• BUT, BEFORE WE START THAT PART OF THE LESSON, LET’S PRAY.

• THE BOOK HEBREWS BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF JESUS THE SON OF GOD AS SUPERIOR TO ANGELS, THE FATHERS AND THE PROPHETS.

• IN HEBREWS 2 WE ARE INTRODUCED TO JESUS CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR AS THE HIGH PRIEST OF GOD.

• IN CHAPTER 3 WARNS AGAINST FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF ISRAEL’S UNBELIEF.

HEBREWS 4 BEGINS WITH THE REWARD OF REST FOR GOD’S PEOPLE AND A WARNING NOT TO FALL SHORT OF ENTERING THAT REST.

HEBREWS 4:1-11– TELLS US WHY WE NEED TO BE OBEDIENT TO GOD TO ENTER HIS REST.

HEBREWS 4:12 – GIVES US THE TOOL THAT CAN HELP US TO ENTER HIS REST. THE WORD OF GOD.

• IN ALL OUR BIBLE READING. IN ALL OUR COMING TO CHURCH.

• IN OUR BAPTISM. IN OUR PRAYING.

• EVEN THOUGH ALL OUR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY MAY LOOK GOOD ON THE OUTSIDE.

• EVEN THOUGH WE SAY ALL THE RIGHT THINGS,

• WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT WE AREN’T HOLDING ONTO SECRET SINS THAT DISQUALIFY US FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 – PAUL SAYS - I DISCIPLINE MY BODY AND MAKE IT MY SLAVE, SO THAT, AFTER I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS, I MYSELF WILL NOT BE DISQUALIFIED.

• GOD’S JUDGEMENTS ARE BY THE TRUTH – HIS WORD IS THE TRUTH.

• AND, LIKE THE AUTHOR OF TRUTH IS LIVING AND POWERFUL, SO IS HIS WORD. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE (POWERFUL).

• BUT IN HEBREWS 4:12 WE HAVE A CRITICAL QUESTION…

• WHICH WORD IS THIS TALKING ABOUT?

• IS IT THE JESUS, THE PERSONAL WORD – THE LOGOS OF JOHN 1:14 - THE WORD BECAME FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US, AND WE SAW HIS GLORY, GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN FROM THE FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.

• OR, IS THE WORD THAT WE HEAR?

ROMANS 10:17 - SO FAITH COMES FROM HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF CHRIST.

• WHY CAN’T IT BE BOTH?

REVELATION 1:16 - IN HIS RIGHT HAND HE HELD SEVEN STARS, AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH CAME A SHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD; AND HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN SHINING IN ITS STRENGTH.

REVELATION 2:12- AND TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH IN PERGAMUM WRITE: THE ONE WHO HAS THE SHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD SAYS THIS:

REVELATION 19:15 - FROM HIS MOUTH COMES A SHARP SWORD, SO THAT WITH IT HE MAY STRIKE DOWN THE NATIONS, AND HE WILL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; AND HE TREADS THE WINE PRESS OF THE FIERCE WRATH OF GOD, THE ALMIGHTY.

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