Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #58
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”
Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Colossians 1:9-10 which reads: “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Today’s words from a theologian are from J.I. Packer. He said: “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself.”
Our topic for today is titled “What We Can Ascertain About the Human Makeup” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron
Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…
In response, first, we should acknowledge that biblical terms such as body, soul, spirit, heart, and flesh are broad and fluid. Like most words in any language, they do not mean the same thing every time they are used (meaning is determined by context). For example, sometimes soul and spirit refer to different things; sometimes they are used synonymously. So we should refrain from reaching invalid conclusions about what these terms always mean. We may want it to be, but it is not that simple.
Second, the Hebrew emphasis on the unity of the human individual is significant. God created us with a body, mind, volition, conscience, and emotions, and these all work together and depend on one another. And He wants to make us holy in all the various aspects of our united being. Paul says, “Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God”.
Third, in light of the biblical teaching regarding the intermediate state and verses like 2 Corinthians 7:1, it does seem valid to distinguish between material and immaterial. The best view seems to be a combination of monism and dichotomism (di-kod-o-mism). Millard Erickson refers to “conditional unity,” the condition being the distinction between the material and the immaterial, and Wayne Grudem speaks in terms of dichotomy (di-kod-o-me) “with overall unity.”
We can represent this as below. The material and the immaterial are different aspects of the individual, but rather than a solid line separating them (implying a hard distinction), a dashed line and arrows indicate close connection and interaction between the two.
(soul, spirit, heart, mind)
This makes sense out of how we experience life. Being injured or sick does not only affect our bodies, it affects our attitudes and emotions as well. When we don’t feel well, we get grumpy. Similarly, when we are discouraged or depressed, we lose energy and appetite; when we are happy, we feel full of energy and joy. This seems to indicate how God has “knit together” the aspects of our being. We may have different parts, but there is a unity to—a close connection between—those parts as well.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.