Disciples Path Ministry — Saint Augustine, FloridaSometimes we all tend to forget we have relatively extremely limited knowledge and even less wisdom. There is a realm in everyone’s mind where one is truly present and exists. Some refer to this place as one’s core. I believe that every human being, in their core, knows the truth of God but most choose to suppress it. By suppressing that knowledge, they are unable to participate in the full grace, blessings, and salvation offered through wisdom. I am compelled to encourage everyone to follow the truth—wherever it may lead! Being a true Christian is not easy — but it is simple.
Accepting Christ Jesus does not change you or your relationship with Him. Only time can do that. I don’t mean we need to constantly study and memorize Scripture. I don’t mean we need to attend church every single week and volunteer for every church activity. I also don’t mean by using the word “time” we have to be old in our years. What I do mean is you must be spirituallymature enough to learn to love as Christ Jesus loves. As I previously said — being a true Christian is not easy — but it is simple.
It both saddens and upsets me so many people, all around the world, so easily fall prey to Satan and his demons. Rather than reject Satan and his demons’ lies, they fall victim (willingly) to his deceptions. He offers a strange new world where good is evil and evil is good. Satan is a master at blurring the line between right and wrong. True Christians, being spiritually mature, can easily see through the sociological and psychological twists Satan is successfully orchestrating. True Christians understand, accept and look forward to a life where making correct choices every day all day is the norm. We strive with all our might to keep God’s Spirit dwelling in us. We believe only by God’s Spirit dwelling in us do we have the promise of eternal life dwelling in us! We are created in God’s image for eternal purposes. I will share more on the soul and immortality in future narratives but I would be remiss if I did not share some points for clarity. This will be brief and a high-level overview. I begin with information about the soul and follow with immortality.
The Hebrew word for soul is nephesh. Nephesh means a living, breathing creature. It is used to describe human creatures, but also animals and even a dead body. The word soul used in the NT (New Testament) and translated from the Greek language is psuche. Psuche can mean breath, life, mind, us, and even the word you. What you need to know is that souls can die(Ezek. 18:4, 20). Now let’s address immortality.
Only God has immortality. Immortality is something humans must seek for(1 Tim. 6:16; Rom. 2:7). Immortality is something that all Believers must put on at the resurrection. It is a gift from God for all those who believe in Him (Jn. 3:16). Immortality is not and cannot be given before repentance and baptism. Actually, a person can forfeit this gift and lose it (Heb. 6: 4-6). Again, I say to have God’s Spirit dwelling in oneself is to have the promise of eternal life dwelling within. However, we must endure until the end of life in the converted state (1 Jn. 5:11). It is God’s Spirit that gives life — and God’s Spirit is eternal! As long as God’s Spirit remains in someone, they have the promise of eternal life. However, they are not immortal. This is because they have not yet put on immortality!
Remember we are created in God’s image for eternal purposes. Even so, accepting Christ Jesus does not change you. You must be born again. You must, and can, be totally changed within. You must remain converted. You cannot simply talk the talk — you must walk the walk every day and all day!
Sometimes we are not sure why God puts someone in our path. I believe you are put in my path to help me and I pray I am in your path to help you. We both must endeavor with all we have in us to learn to love as Christ Jesus loves — Amen and Amen.