|Matthew 10:27-28 |
27 What I tell you in darkness, speak that in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach that upon the housetops. [What you were past taught by Him in darkness, (still sinning), can be spoken later if you are in the light; as George Fox said, "Let all...consider, before they utter, that the light is up." To preach righteously is to speak only what you first hear Him speak immediately prior to your speaking.]
28 And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "No soul is immortal apart from me." There is no permanent soul of man, unless that man unites in union with Christ and the Father; those who fail to do so while on earth, will lose their soul. The beginning of the fear of God is to depart from evil. From the Word of the Lord within: "Fear God and give Him the glory. To fear is to depart from evil."]
1 fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. This is God. We must fear his disapproval, to seek his counsel and teachings, hoping to please him. If we fail to learn how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, we will meet His fury, (but accompanied by compassion). By mercy and truth iniquity is purged [from the heart], and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. Pro 16:6. But Christendom does not depart from evil because they are taught with lies that God accepts them in their sins as long as they believe in Jesus. So Christendom has no fear of God. Therefore Christendom has no knowledge: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Pro 1:7. (Many in Christendom have a lot of knowledge about the Bible, but God is only known through revelation, not by reading about Him.) Christendom thinks the cross is jewelry and discards the necessity of every disciple carrying their cross; therefore Christendom perishes and their end is destruction.
Destruction of the body and the soul occurs at death for those not purified on the earth, but not the spirit, which returns to God: The spirit shall return to God who gave it [at death]. Ecc 12:7. If a man does not attain freedom from sin, purity, union, salvation, and translation to the kingdom of God while on earth, God destroys his soul and body, banishing his spirit to Hell in order to learn about the evil in his heart. To even experience the purifying pain of the lake of fire as a man takes his part in it, there has to be some form of life; so complete destruction does not occur. The Light Christ, steps out of a man, as he is banished to take his part in the lake of fire; and then a man is left without restraint, free to pursue the desires of his heart to the maximum possible. He is satiated with his desires, until they are burnt out of him, and he returns to heaven to live in the outer court as a spiritual gentile whose heart was not circumcised on the earth, who was not part of the first fruits to God. See Is There Hope for All for more.
What constitutes the soul is a mystery that only God can reveal. If you think you completely understand the difference between soul and spirit, try to draw the line between them, even while referring to Heb 4:12: For the word of God is quick [living], and powerful [active], and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. William Penn, describing the soul as pure spirit, only deepens the confusion. Peter tells us the soul must be purified, "Since you have purified your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit." 1 Pet 1:22. Jesus is quoted that the soul of sinners is destroyed in Hell: fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Mat 10:28. Ezekiel is quoted that the soul who sins shall die. Ezekiel 18:4,20. Genesis states that God's breath on the clay of Adam made him a living soul, but that hardly applies to those born after Adam. We know that God foreknew persons, but whether that was in spirit, or in soul, or in spirit and soul, we don't know. The soul is a mystery, which I suspect has a potential grandeur, that when understood, would take our breath away in amazement. I believe the soul is the part of man that is capable of uniting with God to become one with him; I believe it to be the platform of an entirely new creation, which is far more than just a man, and if that platform is not united with God while on earth, it is lost. Jesus is quoted that we will lose our soul, (unless we attain salvation): "For what does it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36. I believe the extent of the loss of a soul is beyond physical man's ability to believe or even understand. When we asked the Lord what it meant to be in heaven without losing one's soul, his reply was: "to live in a higher dimension."
Faith in Jesus leads to salvation just like faith in Jesus purifies the heart, but neither is instant; both require persistent seeking of the Lord's teachings and commands, with total obedience over time. Pay attention to the New Covenant's exclusions — requirements, and qualifying conditions; otherwise you too will face God's fury. To be saved means to have been saved from even the desire to sin, by a new heart, new mind, and new spirit being given to you by God; nothing counts, but an entirely new creature, raised up with Christ to the heavens, where you sit in him at rest.
From the Word of the Lord within: "The potential fulfillment of the soul is beyond your ability to grasp. No soul is immortal apart from me."
With further regard to the ambiguities of soul vs. spirit:
There is no Hebrew word to distinguish soul from body; that distinction and the concept of an immortal soul comes from the Greek philosophers Plato and Socrates, and that concept was adopted by Roman Catholicism in the writings of Origen, Augustine, and Thomas. The leaders of the Protestant Reformation retained the belief of an immortal soul though their Bibles stated an apparent conflict. Israel was very Greek after being conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, so the translators and writers of the New Testament were influenced by the Greek philosophies. The Hebrew word nephesh means "a breathing creature," and in the Old Testament that word is translated sometimes to "soul," sometimes to "being," and even to "creature" (animals). The New Testament uses the Greek word psuche for nephesh, which also has multiple meanings: human souls, for animals and for life. In a several verses such as Mat 16:26, the Greek word psuche <5590> is translated as "soul" by some Bibles but translated as "life" in others, which can be understood to be radically different. With multiple possible meanings, confusion and error can easily result. The exact differences between soul, spirit, mind, and life are not very clear: the differences are fuzzy at best.
Early Quakers George Fox, Stephen Crisp, and Edward Burrough, were all perfected, kingdom-dwellers, in union with God and Christ; and they all referred to immortal souls; and Stephen Crisp even stated "you will lose your immortal soul," quoting Matthew 16:24-26. To lose something that is immortal: 1) casts doubt on its immortality, or 2) it means the immortal soul goes somewhere other than within you, or 3) the soul was created to be immortal and is immortal if purified. These early Quakers certainly knew much more about the soul than us; why they did not bother to explain the conflict with the King James Bible that they all knew so, so well, is a mystery too. Exactly what they knew, I have been told I will understand; and when I do, if I am permitted, and if it is explainable in earthly vocabulary, I will update this explanation.