Just as God is a tripartite; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so man is three parts – body, soul and spirit. The Apostle Paul writes: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
(1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Our lives depend on how we deal with these three entities. The body is the physical part and it is through it that we function. When we die, our bodies become dust as outlined in Genesis 3:19. Our spirit on the other hand, is the breath of life that sustains us. We connect to God through our spirit; faith and the mind are also connected to the spirit. No matter how we live our lives, when we die, our spirit will return to God. (See Ecclesiastes 12:7)
Bear in mind that our spirit and soul are two different entities. Our soul is what gives us our personality and it’s through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with ourselves. One question that a lot of people ponder is this: what happens when our soul is detached from our body? There are only two possible destinations where our soul will eventually end up; heaven or hell as illustrated clearly by the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19 – 31.
Our Lord Jesus used this real life example to teach us about the value of our soul. The rich man went to hell not because of his money, but because he didn’t obey God. He knew the truth but didn’t practice it. On the other hand, Lazarus was taken to Abraham’s bosom: heaven! Both men had choices and the same goes with us today. The destination of our soul is decided by what we do whilst we are alive; put simply, the choices we make on a daily basis. How many people know the truth, but choose to ignore it? If we truly want to be saved, we have to decide to live a life of obedience. This means, repenting and surrendering our entire lives to Jesus, who already paid the price for our sins. Jesus came to save our souls and if we do not abandon everything that separates us from Him such as lying, cheating, bad eyes, promiscuity, bad thoughts, grudges, bad friendships and the like, we will pay a heavy price; the price of spending eternity in hell.
That’s why we cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by our fleshly desires and the glitter of the world. In truth, everything in this world will soon fade away and this is a reality that we must open our eyes to. And, it doesn’t matter if we do many good works or charitable deeds, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.
It is crucial that we examine ourselves daily and consider our ways. In fact, we must resist to bloodshed, striving against sin as Paul teaches us in Hebrews 12:4 We can never assume that we are ok, we must make sure that we are and that we are living a life in accordance to the Word of God. Even if we have to displease people who are distancing us from God such as friends, family members, colleagues and so on, for the sake of our souls, then so be it. Think about it….is there anything worse than the pain of being separated from God forever? We can lose everything in this world, but not our salvation.
Ultimately, God wants us to be with Him forever and He is preparing great things for those who will remain firm until the end. As it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”(1 Corinthians 2:9) In order for us to attain the greatest blessing of all and have the privilege of being with our Father, we must sacrifice daily and think about our salvation EVERY DAY, because at the end of everything, there are only two possible destinations for each one of us as noted earlier: Heaven or Hell. Where will you end up? Only you can decide that!