“Your Soul”

“Your Soul”


One day you’ll separate
yourself from everything you possess
except one thing. Hello, I’m Phil Sanders,
and this is a Bible study “In Search of
the Lord’s Way.” And today we’re going to
consider something that many people ignore.
What is it? Well stay tuned
and find out. In all the hurry and hustle and confusion of modern living, the Lord
has the way. We believe that the Bible is the revelation of His way. We invite you to
join us In Search of the Lord’s Way
with Phil Sanders. Welcome to In Search
of the Lord’s Way! We’re here to search the
Scriptures for God’s will. We search because our
eternal destiny depends on what the
Scripture says. Now if we’re wise, we’ll
listen with love to God’s word
and obey it. Every blessing that we
enjoy comes from the hand and the heart
of God. We give God our hearts and
our minds as we listen to Him speak in His
word, the Bible. Thanks for taking
time with us today. We want to be a part
of your life each week. Life is swift and filled
with many joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, hopes and heartaches. Some things we can control, and other things we cannot. When life comes to a
close, there are many earthly things that
we must leave behind. We’ll leave our
possessions, our treasures, and
our families. Paul said in 1 Timothy
6 and verse 7, “For we brought nothing into the
world, so we cannot take anything out
of it either.” You will only take one
thing out of this life. And you’re making a
decision from day to day where you will go when
this life is over. What will you take with you? Your soul. “Soul?” Now, that’s a word you
don’t hear much these days. My friend, you
have a soul. You’ve always
had a soul. And your soul
is you. God gave you your soul,
and you’re deciding each day by how you think and
how you live what you’re going to do
with your soul. You’re deciding each day
what will happen to your soul by how you think about God and how you respond to Him. You see, God is taking
notice of your life. He knows everything about
your heart and your life. You can’t
fool him. He knows what’s going
on in your soul. What is God seeing
inside of you? Now perhaps you want to
study more, and so we’re offering this
study free. If you’d like a printed
copy or a CD of our study and you live in the United
States, mail your request to In Search of the
Lord’s Way, P.O. Box 371,
Edmond, OK 73083 or send an e-mail to [email protected] Or you can call our
toll-free telephone number. And that number
is 1-800-321-8633. We also have materials free on our website at www.searchtv.org. The Edmond church will
now worship in song, we’ll read from Luke 12:16 to
21, and then we’ll explore the concept of
having a soul. Our reading today comes
from the words of Jesus in the gospel according to Luke, chapter 12, verses 16 to 21. “And He told them a
parable, saying, ‘The land of a rich man was
very productive. And he began reasoning
to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have
no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is
what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and I’ll
build larger ones, and there I will store all
my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to my soul,
‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to
come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’ But
God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul
is required of you; and now who will own what
you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores
up treasure for himself, and is not rich
toward God.” Those are the word’s of Jesus and need to be taken seriously. Let’s pray
together. Father, we’re grateful
that You have given us a souls and that You want
to spend eternity with us. Father helps us to so live that we treasure You in our hearts. And may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus
name, Amen! What is
the soul? Well the Hebrew word for
soul is nephesh, and it originally meant
“to breathe.” God gave us life and breath and we became a living soul. Genesis 2 and verse 7 says
in the King James Version, “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.” Now to have a soul means that I have a personal existence. Sometimes the word soul is translated “life,” or “being,”
or “self.” While animals also have
a life force, only man is spoken of as having as
a part of that life a spirit. Now according to Stephen
Renn in his Expository Dictionary of Bible Words,
the underlying essence of the word nephesh or soul
“may be described as that quality which lends
to human beings their distinctive individuality
as creatures made in the image
of God.” Your soul is what makes
you what you are as a person. The Bible translates the
word “soul” in a variety of ways and with
different meanings. I want to explore some
of those meanings. First, the word soul can sometimes refer to that
inner person. Here it’s the equivalent
to the word “heart.” The Lord God asks us to love Him with all our heart and soul. There really is no difference between those two words. Both refer to that inner
person, the seat of our emotions, or our
intellect, and our will. The word “soul” is found
143 times in the book of Psalms, and the psalmists
are usually speaking of their passionate
inner being. David worshiped God saying
in Psalm 103 verses 1 and 2, “Bless the LORD, O
my soul, and all that is within me, bless
his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” In Psalm 139 verse 14
David said to God, “I praise you, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
and my soul knows it very well.” Isaiah expressed the
feelings of his soul in Isaiah 26 and verse 9,
he said “At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my
spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the
earth experiences Your judgments, The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” When Mary found out that
God had chosen her to bear a holy child, the Son of
God, she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord”
(Luke 1 and verse 46). When Jesus was in the
Garden of Gethsemane, He told His disciples, “Oh,
my soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Mark
14 and verse 34). So the soul can refer to our innermost thoughts and emotions. But the reason the soul is
able to feel and to reason is because it’s
spiritual in nature. The Lord Jesus warned in
Matthew 10 verse 28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” You see that spiritual
part of us, our souls, is not a material thing, but
it will last beyond this life. The Hebrew writer tells us
in Hebrews 12 and verse 9, “Furthermore, we had
earthly fathers to discipline us, and we
respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?” My friend, you have a
spirit, a soul, that’s given to
you by God. And that’s what makes
you a creature made in the
image of God. That spiritual part of you
is what you will take into heaven
or into hell. And that’s why your
soul is so important! Now Jesus is a
comfort to our souls. Not only does He offer us
forgiveness of sins, He also provides a way that
our souls can endure. Christianity
is livable! It’s not impossible to
live the Christian life. It’s not so difficult that
we can’t go to heaven. The Lord Jesus said in
Matthew 11 verse 28 to 30, “Come unto me, all ye who
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and
learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.” Now Jesus loves your soul
and He wants to give you an abundant life, and that means giving you peace and comfort. Second, sometimes the word
“soul” refers not to some part of us but to
the whole person. For instance, Acts 2 and
verse 41 says, “So those who received his word were
baptized, and there were added that day about
three thousand souls.” Peter spoke of Noah and his family being saved on the ark. 1 Peter 3 and verse 20
speaks of “the days of Noah, while the ark was
being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls
(or eight persons), were saved
through water.” Third, sometimes the word
“soul” refers to the life force in a person, that
which gives him life. While soul and spirit are
sometimes speaking of the same thing, there are
times when they emphasize different aspects of the
spiritual nature of man. Hebrews 4 and verse 12
says, “For the word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the
division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of
marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions
of the heart.” The idea here is not so
much that these terms are opposed to one another as
it is that they overlap and emphasize different
aspects of the inner man. The word “soul” emphasizes
more the life force within a person, while the word
“spirit” emphasizes the understanding and
emotions of a person. 1 Thessalonians 5 and
verse 23 also seems to distinguish the
soul and the spirit. This verse says, “Now may
the God of peace himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept
blameless at the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ.” God wants to save us completely: body, soul, and spirit. And God is saving
us as whole people. And this phrase is like
the great commandment of Jesus in Mark 12 and verse
30 that you “shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” That’s all of you,
every aspect of you. And just as we give our
all to God, so God saves us completely: body,
soul, and spirit. Fourth, there are times
that God distinguishes the body from the
soul or spirit. One can lose his life
physically, when his body dies, yet not
lose his soul. The Lord Jesus warned in
Matthew 10:28, as we’ve mentioned, “Do not fear
those who kill the body but are unable to kill the
soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell.” Now death is a separation of the body from the spirit or soul. James 2 and verse 26 says,
“For just as the body without the spirit is
dead, so also faith without works
is dead.” Now while the body dies,
the spirit remains alive. Ecclesiastes 12 and verse 7 describes what happens at death. It says “then the dust
will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit
(that is our soul) will return to God
who gave it.” Now your body will decay
here on earth, but your spirit, or soul
will return to God. Now this is why Paul could say in Philippians 1 verses 21 to 23, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I’m to live on in
the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I don’t know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from
both directions, having the desire to depart (that
is to die) and to be with Christ, for that is
very much better.” Now when you’re a faithful
Christian like Paul, you have the promise of being with Christ when this life is over. This is one of the many
reasons to become a Christian. And the way to become a
Christian is to believe and obey
the Lord. And we must never think
that Christianity is somehow a trivial matter
that has no personal connection. Your faith and your soul
are unchangeably united. What you believe will
affect your soul for eternity. And so I hope you believe
in the Lord Jesus and in His gospel, and you are
living for the Lord Jesus, the way you
ought too. James 1 and verse 21 says,
“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and
all that remains of wickedness, in humility
receive the word implanted, which is able
to save your souls.” You see, when people
believe in Jesus, when they repent of their sins,
and when they receive or accept the word of the
gospel into their lives by their obedience, the
word saves their souls. My friend, have you
accepted the gospel message? Have you
obeyed it? Accepting it means
believing that it’s true and not only believing but
committing yourself to it, in word and
in deed. You not only want to get
right with God, you must stay with
the Lord. Many these days are
leaving the Lord and leaving His church,
wondering off into false religion and
no religion. When Christians stray from
the truth of the word of God, they put their
souls in peril. James 5 verse 19 to 20
says, “My brethren, if any among you strays from the
truth and one turns him back, let him know that
he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will
save his soul from death and will cover a
multitude of sins.” Now when people give up on
their faith or they start believing something that
is false, or they begin to practice sin because of
all these things, they could lose
their souls. And this is why we need to
study God’s word, why we need to hold
fast to it. You see your home in
heaven with the Lord Jesus is dependent on you
knowing the word of God and
following it. You can know all kinds
of technology, history, science, and literature;
but if you wish to live forever, to live with the
Lord for all time, you must also know the
Scriptures and believe them
and follow them. You see, your soul is
accountable to God. God said through the
prophet in Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are
Mine (they don’t belong to you, they belong to Him);
(and so he says) the soul of the father as well as
the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who
sins will die.” My friend your soul
belongs to God; and if you sin against Him,
you will die. I’ll speak more
about sin next week. Now this death is not
simply a physical death, as some wrongly suppose,
but a spiritual one. And if you sin, you’ll separate your soul from the grace of God. Death is a separation, and
the one thing you should never want is to be separated from the God who created you. Now God’s word clearly
says in Romans 2:6 to 11 that God in the Judgment
“will render to every man according to his deeds: to
those who by perseverance in doing good seek for
glory and honor and immortality, He’ll give
them eternal life; but to those who are selfishly
ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, He’ll give them wrath
and indignation. There will be tribulation
and distress for every soul of man who does evil,
of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory
and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no
partiality with God.” Now when this life is
over, I hope you can say “for me to live is Christ
and to die is gain.” If your soul is right with
the living God, heaven will be
great gain. Friends you only have one
life and you only have one soul. Make your time on
this earth count. Seek for glory, seek for
honor and immortality in Christ. Do what is good and
right, be obedient. Don’t let sin
overcome you. Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy
the truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and
instruction and understanding.” Oh my friend,
follow the Lord. If the God of heaven was
willing to sacrifice His Son Jesus on a cross in
order to save you from sin, that shows not only
how much He loves you but also how much your
soul is worth to Him. Friend, how much is
your soul worth to you? Let’s pray
together. Father we’re so grateful
for the love of Jesus and that He died for us upon
the cross, that our souls
might be saved. Help us Father to be
obedient to Your will. And may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus
name, Amen! In Matthew 16 verse 26
the Lord Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a
man if he gains the whole world and
forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give
in return for his soul?” Your soul is worth more
than the whole world. You only have
one soul. Get it right
with God. On the Day of Judgment
nothing else will matter but whether your soul is
right with the living God. In Luke 12:16 to 21 Jesus
told the parable: “The land of a rich man
was very productive. ‘And he began reasoning
to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have
no place to store my crops?’ And then he said, ‘This
is what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns, I’ll build
larger ones, and there I’ll store all my
grain and my goods. And I’ll say to my soul,
‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to
come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’ But
God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul
is required of you; and now who will own what
you have prepared?’ ‘So is the man who stores
up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward
God.'” One day the Lord will require
your soul of you. Are you right
with God? To get right with God, you
must believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ is
the Son of God, you must repent or your sins and
turn your heart toward the Lord, you must confess
Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and you must be
baptized into Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins. Now this baptism is an
immersion in water in the name of
Jesus Christ. And baptism is when we
call upon God for a good conscience, when God
washes away our sins and gives us newness
of life. Oh, we urge you to get
right with God today! Now this month we’re
talking about your soul, and we’re offering this little book entitled “Your Soul.” And we’ll be talking about
your soul, your sin, your salvation, and
your destiny. So if you’d like to have a
copy of this book or a CD of this message, and you
live in the United States, mail your request to In
Search of the Lord’s Way, P.O. Box 371,
Edmond, OK 73083 or send an e-mail to [email protected] Or you can call the Search
office, and you can call us toll-free, we’ll pay
for it at 1-800-321-8633. Now you can also download
these lessons or a newsletter online at our
website: www.searchtv.org. There’s also a schedule
of our programs and a map with the location of churches of Christ in your area. Now we also offer free
Bible Correspondence courses. And we have people that
write in all the time. We’d love to
send you one. Now if you do get a hold
of us for one reason or another, don’t worry, we’re not here to get your money. We’re here to help
you get to heaven. We’re interested
in your soul. So please get involved
with a church of Christ. And if you’re looking for
a healthy, Biblical church home somewhere in the area
that you live, we’ll be happy to help
you find one. We’ll be back next
week, Lord willing. So we ask that you keep
searching God’s Word with us and tell a friend
about this program. So as always, God bless
you and we love you from all of us at In Search
of the Lord’s Way.

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