Do We Have A Soul?
DO WE HAVE A SOUL? ARE WE REALLY IMMORTAL?
Let’s analyze how “flesh” is defined to be a “veil”.
Hebrews 10:19-20: “So, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Set-apart Place by the blood of Yahusha by a new and living way which He instituted for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.” Yahusha referred to His body as a temple (Joh 2:19). The flesh is referred to as a temporary dwelling, veil, or tent: 2 Co 5:1: “For we know that if the tent of our earthly house, is destroyed, we have a building from Alahim, a house not made with hands, everlasting in the heavens.” One part of our make-up can be killed, and another part is unharmed by physical attack. Most people, however, will perish in a “second death”, because they will lack eternal life brought to them by Yahusha.
Some have perceived we are made up of 3 components (mind, body, spirit). Others prefer to admit to 2, since the mind is not a separate part of itself. 2000 years ago, Shaul (Paul) took advantage of the differences in belief between the Pharisee and Sadducee sects:
Act 23:8 “For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor messenger nor spirit, but the Pharisees confess both.” Some Natsarim and Christians believe that mankind’s spirit (H5315 nephesh) is not immortal (subject to die as the flesh is). In contrast, Yahusha (the Creator of all things seen and unseen) has declared: Mat 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body (flesh) but are unable to kill the being (nephesh). But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both being and body in Gehenna.” “Both” indicates 2 parts, and one of the parts is unable to be destroyed, except by the One who created it. This “being” (nephesh) is what gives life to our flesh. James (Ya’aqob) also speaks of 2 parts, and one is most essential to the other:
Jas 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the belief is dead without the works.”
Again, we see only 2 parts, and the spirit of a person is the unseen, indestructible, and vital part of their makeup. The flesh is a tent, veil, container, or earthen vessel (2Co 4:7) in which a treasure resides. Those who have been taught they do not possess an indestructible (deathless) component within them are being tricked by proof-texting (selecting verses that support a narrow view, like the Sadducees had). Yahusha brings us His Spirit to join with our spirit, and for us there will be no “second death” after the vulnerable part (flesh) dies, our second part (spirit) is subject to death also.
Joh 6:54: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day.” If we have eternal life in us, part of us is MORE than immortal, DUE TO HIS PRESENCE. There is a certain distinction between immortality and eternal life.
The first man (Adam) was immortal (deathless), until he sinned (fell) and death entered the universe. Scientists have discovered that the slowing of the speed of light makes distant objects seem to be very ancient, while before the fall, light was probably instantaneous. A dimensional shift or rift occurred between our current lower space realm (lower “heaven”) with the higher one, resulting in radical changes in the physical universe. In our inner being (nephesh), we are able to still perceive “eternity” because Yahuah made us with this ability (Ecc 3:11) - but our understanding is very limited, and our minds are darkened without Yahusha.
1Jn 5:11-13: “And this is the witness: that Alahim has given us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son. He who possesses the Son possesses life, he who does not possess the Son of Alahim does not possess life. I have written this to you who believe in the Name of the Son of Alahim, so that you know that you possess everlasting life, and so that you believe in the Name of the Son of Alahim.”
From this we may determine that those without belief in the Name of Yahusha do not possess eternal life within their spirit; but those who believe certainly do. Another evidence of our having 2 parts is seen in the words of Yahusha: Joh 3:6 “That which has been born (begotten) of the flesh is flesh, and that which has been born (begotten) of the Spirit is spirit.” If our spirit has been begotten of the Spirit of Yahusha, we possess eternal life. There are spirits of delusion, and their doctrines permeate all of history:
1Jn 4:1-6: “Beloved ones, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of Alahim, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of Alahim: Every spirit that confesses that Yahusha Messiah has come in the flesh is of Alahim, and every spirit that does not confess that Yahusha Messiah has come in the flesh is not of Alahim. And this is the spirit of the anti-messiah which you heard is coming, and now is already in the world. You are of Alahim, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
They are of the world, therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of Alahim – the one knowing Alahim hears us. He who is not of Alahim does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of the Truth and the spirit of the delusion.”
By Lew White . . .