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Soul & Spirit

Diagram of body soul & spirit

Discerning The Natural & Supernatural

The Bible distinguishes between the natural and the supernatural  - between what we can do in our natural strength and wisdom as opposed to what we can do only with the supernatural strength and wisdom of God. The distinction between the natural and supernatural can be seen in the following passages - 

The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing SOUL and SPIRIT, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts & attitudes of the heart. HEBREWS 4:12

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were NOT with wise and PERSUASIVE WORDS, but with a demonstration of THE SPIRIT'S POWER, so that your faith might not rest on MEN'S WISDOM, but on GOD'S POWER.......The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

The Soulish (psychikos) person does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The Spiritual (pneumatikos) person on the other hand makes judgements about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. 
1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-16


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