The Dividing Asunder of Soul and Spirit: What Is The Difference Between Our Soul And Spirit?


Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul (psyche) and spirit( pneumatos) , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit(pneuma) and soul(psyche) and body(soma) be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is crucial for us to learn how to differentiate between our souls and our spirits, and even know that the two exist.

In a sense our souls and spirits must be supernaturally divided by the Holy Spirit.

This is because our souls which are comprised of the mind, will and emotion can sometimes be in a state of pain, tumult or anxiety. This will drown out the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in our spirits.

Our soul realm but be healed and separated from, but at the same time submitted to the Spirit of God dwelling in our spirit.

Most of the church does not know the difference between the soul and spirit and does not care to know.

This is what the devil loves, because the only thing which can defeat him is God, working through His voice in our human spirits.

In the original Greek New Testament the distinction between both is sweeping.

Man’s spirit, or God, The Holy Spirit, is defined as a pneuma.

Our word pneumatic originates from this, and has to do with air or breath.

The Meridian Webster dictionary defines pneumatic as something that is “moved or worked by air pressure”.

Our spirit is the organ that God has given us to house and embrace His Spirit.

Our human spirits in conjunction with a renewed mind discern the pneumatic or windy movements of the Holy Spirit.

Our souls were never equipped for this function!!

The human spirit is the organ that gives residence, or is home to God’s Holy Spirit.

The role of the human spirit is generally a passive or inactive one.  The soul on the contrary is always active.

Our spirit works as a protective womb for the presence and the motions of the Spirit of the Living God within us.  It is very much connected with our hearts, and our consciences.

Through its abilities, the human spirit embraces, discerns, and reveals what Jesus does in the Holy Spirit.

John 4:24  God is a Spirit(pneuma): and they that worship him must worship him in spirit(pneuma) and in truth.

John 3:8  The wind(pneuma) bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.(pneumatos).

 What is the Soul?

The soul (pyche or psuche in the Greek) is the combination of faculties that consists of the mind, intellect, will, and emotions.  The soul performs rational and intellectual functions.  The rational will never capture the wind!   This is why we are unable to discern God with our souls alone.

It is also impossible for God to dwell in our souls.  One of the reasons for this is that our souls are open to the attack and deception of the enemy.  This occurs because quite often our decisions are based on feelings.  God then, had to create an organ within us which is not affected either by our emotions or intellect,  mainly our human spirits.

Let us see the distinction between the soul and the spirit.

The soul, as I said earlier, is a combination of our mind, will, intellect and emotions.  Its function contrary to the spirit, is not to reveal, but to actively work and choose.  It is the mediator between our bodies and our spirits.  The soul is constantly involved in a struggle to choose between the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of our carnal flesh, our un renewed minds, the world, and the deceptions of Satan.

The Spirit of the living God within us, must become demonstrated enough to win the battle for the soul.

The responsibility of the soul then is to yield itself continuously to the Holy Spirit.  When it does that, the soul will take us in the ways of the Lord.  God must bring our will to a point where it has no more desire than to submit itself to the wishes of the Holy Spirit.  Our emotions must be healed and stilled before the Lord so that we can attend to that “still small voice within”.

Immature believers, or believers that are still bound in the throes of demonic oppression or past hurts, are unable to discern clearly the quiet voice of the Lord within.  Because the emotions are still screaming out, they drown out the presence of the Lord. All deliverance, inner healing, counseling, and therapy must be directed at setting us free to hear and uncompromisingly obey the Holy Spirit.

Healing is the means of becoming spiritual or pneumatic Christians.

Our mind and intellect must be renewed by the word of God so that it can adequately understand what the Holy Spirit wishes.

The spirit must become totally free, and delivered from all impurity and bondage so that it stands out supreme.

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