But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV)
What is the difference between the soul and the spirit? Let me use an unusual principle to teach the difference between the spirit and the soul: Einstein’s law of relativity!
Einstein is considered one of the greatest scientists that ever lived. His crowning work is summed up in the equation e = mc2 ( e= energy, m= mass c= speed of light). I promise this is not a physics lecture; just stay with me! In simple terms, he says our natural universe can be described in terms of what is material(mass) and what is immaterial(energy).In other words, nature has a material and an immaterial part that are related to each other! This is remarkable and can assist us to understand the “natural man”.
In the verse above, Paul calls the unsaved the “natural man” in the context of the mind, that is, the soul. He is telling us plainly that the mind or soul in this context belongs to the realm of the natural, yet it is immaterial! This is the key to differentiate the soul and the spirit. The human heart in scripture generally includes the spirit and the soul. The spirit is immaterial and spiritual, while the soul is immaterial and natural! The soul is the person in the earth, that is, all the capacities we attribute to a person such as thoughts, emotions, will, and self-awareness. The spirit also has all of these capacities of a person but it is in a different sphere altogether called spirit. This is the sphere God dwells and so interacts with us.
Einstein’s equation equally reveals something astonishing. It shows us that the immaterial is related to the material, that is, energy(immaterial) can be converted to matter( material) and vice versa. This is what I want you to pick out from this: what is in our hearts( the immaterial) can be converted to something tangible in the material world! Did you catch that?? It means what you are thinking about, for instance, can become something material in your life! Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life!!! ( Prov. 4:23).
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I have compressed tons of information in the short devotional above. Did you at least pick out a difference between the soul and the spirit?
APPLY THE WORD
The natural man is cut off from God. However, you, as a child of God, is connected with God because your spirit is regenerated. God now wants the other tablet of your heart, that is, the soul to be transformed by the Word so that e = mc2 can become a reality in your life! That means what is in your heart( “e”, the immaterial) such as faith for healing can become a reality in the material world( “m” material) such as healing in your body! Be transformed by the renewal of your mind!
Ask the Lord to help you understand fully the difference between the soul and at the spirit and how to put it to work in your life.