The Salvation of the Soul | Watchman Nee

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The subject before us is, so far as I know, one which has never been noticed by many people. It is the matter of the salvation of the soul. Whenever we approach the question of salvation there is one thing that is of utmost importance for us to recognize, which is, the tremendous difference between the spirit and the soul. According to 1 Thessalonians 5.23 the Scriptures clearly portray man as possessing three important elements: “your spirit and soul and body”. Briefly speaking, the spirit is that faculty by which man is able to commune with God and which none of the lower animals possess. For this reason, the lower animals cannot worship God. The soul, on the other hand, is the organ in man for thought, will, and emotion—something of which the lower animals also share: for the soul speaks of one animal (or animated) life. And lastly, the body is that part of man which communicates with the material world. Since we human beings are composed of spirit, soul and body, our salvation must accordingly reach all these parts.

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