When God first created man He formed him of dust from the ground, and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. As soon as the breath of life, which became man’s spirit, came into contact with man’s body, the soul was produced.
Hence the soul is the combination of man’s body and spirit.
According to Genesis 2.7, man was made up of only two independent elements, the corporeal and the spiritual; but when God placed the spirit within the casing of the earth, the soul was produced.
Thus we find later in the Scriptures that God often referred to men as souls. Why? Because what the man is depends on how his soul is. His soul represents him and expresses his individuality. It is the organ of man’s free will, the organ in which spirit and body are completely merged.
- The corporal body that man comes into contact with the material world = gives us world-consciousness.
- The soul comprises the intellect, which aids us in the present state of existence, and the emotions, which proceed from the senses. Since the soul belongs to man’s own self and reveals his personality, it is termed the part of self-consciousness.
- The spirit is that part by which we commune with God and by which alone we are able to apprehend and worship Him = God-consciousnes.
The soul stands between these two worlds, yet belongs to both. It is linked with the spiritual world through the spirit and with the material world through the body.
Actually the soul is the pivot of the entire being, because man’s volition belongs to it.
The soul is the meeting-point of spirit and body, for there they are merged.
The soul stands between these two worlds, yet belongs to both.
It also possesses the power of free will, hence is able to choose from among its environments.
Yet, the will—the crucial part of individuality-belongs to the soul. It is the will, which determines whether the spirit, the body, or even itself is to rule. In view of the fact that the soul possesses such power and is the organ of man’s individuality, the Bible calls man’s a living soul.