Soul, Death, & Grace Chapter 6
THE SOUL—ITS ORIGIN, NATURE, AND POTENTIAL
“Adam was a noble being, with a powerful mind, and will in harmony with the will of God, and affections that centered upon heaven. He possessed a body heir to no disease, and a soul bearing the impress of Deity.” YI, p. 562.
“By sin we have been severed from the life of God. Our souls are palsied. Of ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the impotent man capable of walking.” DA, p. 203.
“Every individual has a soul to save or to lose.” GC, p. 488.
“You have a soul to save or to lose,…” YI, p. 133.
If to save the body from death, the foot or the hand should be cut off, or even the eye plucked out, how much more earnest should the Christian be to put away sin, which brings death to the soul.” AA, p. 313.
“… Satan’s false standard, … if followed, will lead to … death for both body and soul.” CW, p. 137.
“It is the Son of God combating the prince of darkness; and the prize for which they contend is the soul of man.” 2 ST, p. 85.
“God gave His only begotten Son for the body as well as the soul, and our entire life belongs to God….” YI, p. 145.
“A soul corrupted by sin is represented by the figure of a dead body in a state of putrefaction. All the washings and sprinklings enjoined in the ceremonial law were lessons in parables, teaching the necessity of a work of regeneration in the inward heart for the purification of the soul dead in trespasses and sins….” 4SDABC, p. 1176.
“Satan cannot hold the dead in his grasp when the Son of God bids him live. He cannot hold in Spiritual death one soul who in faith receives Christ’s word of power. God is saying to all who are dead in sin ‘Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead.’ Eph 5:14. That word is eternal life…. That word, ‘Arise from the dead,’ is life to the soul that receives it…. It is all offered to us in His word. If we receive the word, we have the deliverance.” DA, p. 320.
“… the Word of God is the bread of life, eat of it daily. It will infuse immortal vigor into your soul,” PUR, p. 164.
“Those who eat and digest this word, making it a part of every action and of every attribute of character, grow strong in the strength of God. It gives immortal vigor to the soul, perfecting the experience, and bringing joys that will abide forever.” FLB, p. 22.
“… Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the soul that is ‘dead in trespasses.’ Eph 2:1.” DA, p. 203.
“The entire being, body, soul, and spirit, must be brought into subjection to God….” YI, p. 486.
“A healthy soul in a healthy body makes a man or woman more precious than silver or gold….” PUR, p. 1.
“Christ healed the man, both soul and body….” YI p. 369.
“The flesh in which the soul tabernacles belongs to God.” YI, p. 487.
“The soul that God has created and Christ has redeemed is of great value because of the possibilities before it, the spiritual advantages that have been granted it, the capabilities that it may possess if vitalized by the word of God, and the immortality it may gain through the hope presented in the gospel.” AA, p. 370.
“The Spirit of God, received into the soul, quickens all its faculties.” GW, p. 285.
“The Lord Jesus acts through the Holy Spirit; for it is His representative. Through it He infuses spiritual life into the soul, quickening its energies for good, cleansing it from moral defilement, and giving it a fitness for His kingdom.” MYP, p. 55
“When truth becomes an abiding principle in the life, the soul is ‘born again, not of corruptible see, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.’” AA, p. 520.
“When the soul has been cleansed, it is the duty of the Christian to keep it undefiled.” YI, p. 562.
“If you do evil you injure and mar your own soul.” 3RH, p. 115.
“The kingdom comes by the gentleness of the inspiration 3RH, p. 115 of the word, by the operation of His Spirit in the soul.” TDWG. P. 193.
For this first group of materials we can make the following list of information regarding the soul:
The soul’s origin
Created by God
Redeemed by Christ
The soul’s nature and potential
Everyone has a soul
Sin brings death to the soul
Can bear the impress of Deity
Is naturally dead in sin
Can be born again—can live again
Can be reconstructed through work of Holy Spirit
Spirit and body must also be treated for soul to be helped
Christ’s work heals both soul and body
Holy Spirit can infuse spiritual life into the soul
Word of God studied gives immortal vigor to the soul—it can gain immortality
The soul must be protected by the person in whom it dwells
Doing evil injures and mars the soul