|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “You are a soul who has a body”
This morning I want to continue our thinking from yesterday regarding the important truth that God has created human beings with a sense of eternity in our hearts. Deep down we just know that there is a spiritual world and that there is more than just this lifetime. It’s because God created us with a sense of eternity in our hearts, and it’s actually the presence of your soul that makes you aware of it.
In his book “The Case for Heaven” Lee Strobel explores the question of what a soul is and what it does. He writes, “The soul is considered to be the seat of our consciousness, the locus of our introspection, volition, emotions, desires, memories, perceptions, and beliefs. It’s the ego – the “I” or the self. The soul is said to animate and interact with our body, though it is distinct from it. ‘When we speak of the soul, we speak of our essential core,’ said philosopher Paul Copan.” Lee goes on, “The soul is that which makes us more than matter, more than advanced primates, more than simply brains. The soul is the impenetrable core of a person, given by God.”
It was the great Bible scholar J.P. Moreland who once said, “I am a soul, and I have a body”. In other words, our soul inhabits this body of flesh and bones but the real you is that magnificent spirit that will live for eternity. For now, your soul lives in this body of flesh and bones; someday, it will live in a resurrection body; but the real you is your soul.
This is what Paul was referring to in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (above). To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The moment this body of flesh and bones ceases to function, the soul is released from it and the real you goes off into eternity.
As we learned yesterday, we know this to be true. We sense it deep down in our hearts because that’s how God created us. So, again today I want to encourage you to trust what you sense to be true about you. You are a soul who has a body, and it is your soul that causes you to yearn for God and to choose to have faith in Him.
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