Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #5 Mortality of man and mortality of the spirit

Mortality of man and mortality of the spirit

Though we are mortal, we have a choice of spiritual birth and spiritual life, providing us with the possibility to face a better life which shall not have an end (immortality). When the New Testament speaks about a new birth and a new life it does not speak about some reincarnation, but about our transformation of our psyche, our spirit which gets a total new attitude and lets us live in a different way than before.

We have to get away from our old attitudes; we have to cut down our old trunk or put our old ‘me’ to death, giving the new ‘me’ the opportunity to spring up from fertile ground. By coming to the true faith we shall blossom again, and our renewed psyche or spirit shall be like the branches of a tree and shall not fail. The power of a plant to spring forth lies within itself (Genesis 3:22), but man needs “outside help.” A man that has died is utterly gone, and when a mortal has fallen, he is no more, but when we are alive we have a choice to bring forth good branches or wild branches bringing forth no fruit. Though those who fear God may have to work hard and have to endure difficulties like others in the world, they may count on the Most High, when they produce fruits worthy of repentance.

Frans Floris - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, ...

Frans Floris – The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind – WGA7949 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New Testament speaks about new life, which is the life of the Christian attitude to the Old Law and to the world which does not fear God. For those who accept Jesus, the Old Law is no longer the first ruling principle in their life. It is not that they really died, but they put away their old life figuratively. We, when we changed our position in life, and choose to follow Jesus try to obtain union with him. It is also not us who directly will be raised from the dead. The significance of being “raised from the dead” lies in the fact that it was Christ’s death that made the fatal blow to the power of the “old man” – the seed of the serpent, or lust. It is only through the power of Christ’s resurrection that the efficacy of his victory can pass to us by our identification with his death in baptism, for we must be raised to “a new life”. But that new life in Christ can only bear fruit of Christ because he has been raised from the dead.

First there is the spiritual or figuratively coming to a new life in this world system and only later there will be for each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then only those who belong to Christ at His coming. Not earlier. Only at the return of Christ they will be taken out of the dead to be judged by Christ Jesus. Only at the end times the world will see the dead coming back to life or to see the psyches called to come in front of the judgement seat of Jesus.

The followers of Christ, who know they are formed of dust and have to return to dust, shall find themselves liberated from death by Jesus, the unique Son of God, the ‘only begotten.’ By the right free choices they made they shall be allowed to look at that eternal life, having age-abiding life, not to be lost or to be wasted to undergo a second death and to perish forever.

 

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Preceding

Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #4 Psyche, According to the Holy Scriptures

Continued with: Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #6 Summary

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Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #1 Intro

Intro

When a husband and wife come together, in that physical expression of mutual love and intimacy, sometimes a biological fusion will occur that starts a new life. After nine months a miracle of nature takes place and that foetus, now fully grown, sees the light of this world for the first time.

When in the womb of the mother that little human being does not know what happened before it. When that baby comes into the world it does not remember anything from before. The brain of the child is not yet fully formed and has no knowledge as yet. That child does not yet have any idea about right or wrong, good or bad. It is, in that sense, a blank slate.

As that child develops into a person, he will be influenced by the events of his life. The child shall grow up forming his inner being, his mind and way of thinking (his “soul”), along the way. That “soul” may be blessed with moments of goodness but will also be spotted with sin. Each person will struggle with temptation, each in their own way. Some struggling to resist; some consenting with their lusts and being drawn away by them.

Yet much of that child’s life has already been determined by the circumstance of its birth. There is “a time for birth,” Solomon said, but also “a time to die” (Ecclesia 3:1-2), and the days in between may be filled with many kinds of experiences including joy, pain, hard labour, abundance, trial and, if without God, emptiness (Job 7:1-3). Everything that a person has belongs to God, for it is only God (and not that person) who can deliver the “soul” from the power of death (Psalm 89:47-48). No person is so strong that they shall live on and escape the iron grip of death.

There may be a point in a person’s life where thought is given to the purpose of this life, and a conclusion might be reached that what this life offers is not entirely satisfying. At that point a person might stop and consider exploring if there is some higher purpose or truth in this life (Ecclesiastic 3:11). A person may embark on this inquiry without understanding completely that this inner urge to explore these questions are part of being created by God. Each person is created in the likeness of his Creator. All children are in the image of God, like the first human beings were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). And though from one perspective giving birth is a “natural” act, God is responsible for bringing things to life and all “natural” things (Psalm 90:2). Having eternity set within our hearts, yet living only for a short time, we long for something more; we long for a way for our person (our “soul”) to conquer death.

English: Fountain of Eternal Life

Fountain of Eternal Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Scriptures speak of another sort of birth, a spiritual birth, leading a new sort of life. A person “born of water and of the spirit” (John 3:5) can enter the Kingdom of God, becoming a child of God and enjoying everlasting life. This, then, is the way for the “soul” to endure. Not through natural immortality but through a second birth and entering through the small gate into the Kingdom of God.

In this chapter we shall look at what it means to have a “soul”, to form a “soul”, to have a mind to think and a body to be in; what it means to be mortal and to have the opportunity for eternal life, from the perspective of the New Testament.

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To be continued

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Additional reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. Creation Creator and Creation
  3. Creator and Blogger God 2 Image and likeness
  4. Born to Shine not to fear!
  5. Looking at three “I am” s
  6. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  7. Necessity of a revelation of creation 2 Organisation of a system of things
  8. Eternity depends upon this short time on earth

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Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8 NIV)

5 Yes, for this very reason, by YOUR contributing in response all earnest effort,+ supply to YOUR faith virtue,+ to [YOUR] virtue knowledge,+ 6 to [YOUR] knowledge self-control, to [YOUR] self-control+ endurance, to [YOUR] endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to [YOUR] godly devotion brotherly affection, to [YOUR] brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in YOU and overflow, they will prevent YOU from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NWT)

5 For this very reason, put forth all earnest effort+ to supply to your faith virtue,+ to your virtue knowledge,+ 6 to your knowledge self-control, to your self-control+ endurance, to your endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to your godly devotion brotherly affection, to your brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in you and overflow, they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (RefB)

they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful  / Or “unproductive.”

(Titus 3:14): 14 But let our people also learn to maintain fine works so as to help in cases of urgent need,+ so that they may not be unproductive.*+

(Revelation 2:4): 4 Nevertheless, I hold [this] against you, that you have left the love you had at first.+

(Colossians 1:10):10 so as to walk worthily of Jehovah* in order to please him fully as you go on bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the accurate knowledge of God;+

The limited number of Christians chosen by Jehovah to be associated with Christ in the heavenly Kingdom government undergo “a new birth” as spirit-begotten sons of God. They are anointed with holy spirit to become kings and priests with Christ. (Revelation of the apostle John 20:6) Peter states that this “new birth” opens up to them “a living hope,” which he calls “an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance” reserved for them “in the heavens.” Small wonder that the anointed ‘greatly rejoice’ in their living hope! (1 Peter 1:3-6) The realization of that hope, however, depends on their faithfulness. Peter exhorted anointed Christians to ‘do their utmost to make their calling and choosing of themselves sure.’ (2 Peter 1:10) They must exert themselves to develop such qualities as faith, godly devotion, brotherly affection, and love. w12 3/15 3:4, 5

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Preceding articles:

Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro

Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite

Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit

Next: Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer

Dutch version of this article / De Nederlandse versie van dit artikel:

Vruchten van geest beletten hetzij inactief of onvruchtbaar te zijn

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Additional reading:

  1. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  2. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  3. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  4. Followers with deepening
  5. Bearing fruit
  6. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone

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Self-control (fruit of the Spirit)

Self-control (fruit of the Spirit) (Photo credit: Joybot)

  • Chosen (psalmnineteenfourteen.wordpress.com)
    “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”—Ephesians 1:4-6
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    Why did Yahweh choose Mary to be the mother of Yeshua? What was so special about her? Why did Yahweh choose Abraham… Moses… David… Peter… Paul…etc.? What was so special about them? Why did Yahweh choose me? What’s so special about me? And here’s the answer…because He could. He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. Not because any of us are more special than anyone else (Romans 3:23), but because He shows mercy to whom He will show mercy and He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).
  • 2 Peter 1:8 (erlangerbaptist.wordpress.com)
    it’s all about surrender…surrendering control of our life so that the Holy Spirit can multiply himself in us.  And when He does, these characteristics will flourish and we will be the imitation of Christ that we have called to be.
  • Heart Check: Why are you here? (smilingbyfaith.wordpress.com)
    Have you ever been in a holding pattern that had you so uncomfortable for so long and while you could see the light at the end of the tunnel, every time you took a step toward it, it seemed to move further away from you?
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    There is a certain level of personal responsibility required of us as Christians. We are accountable for our knowledge of who He is and what He expects of us. So, as you question (silently or aloud) the reason that you are “stuck” in this place, ask yourself:

    • How do you treat God’s people (particularly those who can do nothing for you)?
    • Do you put neighbors before yourself?
    • Do you speak like a man or woman of God?
    • Do you speak in truth at all times?
    • Do you uplift or belittle those who think or behave differently?
  • Fruit of the Holy Spirit (fropuff7.wordpress.com)
    The fruit of the Spirit are issues of the heart. We read the Word with our mind, build it into character in the heart, out of the heart come the attitudes, veiwpoints, behavior, and ministries of life. Producing and living in the atmosphere of the Sprit is a choice we are continually making every moment. If we are sincere in seeking God then we will produce fruit. That is the evidence of our Christian relationship with God. Everyone who does not produce fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire. Even Christians. Though they profess Christ as king, but if they do not produce fruit they are not true Christians. True Christians have the Holy Spirit within them. Those who have the Holy Spirit within them will produce fruit.
  • Be Fruitful (calebsermons.com)
    Life before God can be compared to a fruit tree. We as people are the trees, and the fruits that are in our trees are the things we did in life.
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    No one plants a fruit tree for good looks, there are other trees that suit that purpose. We plant fruit trees to bear fruit. We expect something from it, a return of some sort. In like manner, Christians aren’t here just to look good, we’re here to bear fruit. And the fruits that we’re to bear aren’t apples and oranges, they’re the things that we do that please God.
  • Assurance of Salvation (josephfranks.wordpress.com)
    Scripture says one can deceive his neighbors.  It also says one can deceive oneself.  Then it presents the terrifying and sad story of Judas Iscariot.  So how does one know if one is at peace with God?  How can one have assurance of salvation?
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    How would we know if we were chosen?  How would we know if we were internally regenerated, transformed or born-again?  How would we know if the Judge has declared us “Not Guilty!” because of the sacrificial and substitutional work of Jesus Christ?  How would we know if the Holy Spirit dwelt within?  How would we know if Jesus were praying for us from the throne above?  How would we know if our heavenly garment was being pressed and our glorious mansion in construction?
  • Stairway to Heaven (xulonthoughts.wordpress.com)
    There really is a stairway to heaven in a spiritual sense – and we can spend our lives as believers climbing up the wrong flight if we’re not careful (lead verse).  We are now residents of God‘s household on earth.  It is a building fitly framed together into a holy temple – with a single staircase inside leading up to heaven (Ephesians 2:19-21).
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    If all the spiritual steps above are followed in order through abiding in God – as He abides in us (John 15:1-5) – fruits of the Spirit are bound to be produced and become abundant (Galatians 5:22-23).Our Father assures us we will not become barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ if we climb up the right flight of stairs.  God will make really large steps for us to land on – so our feet won’t slip (Psalm 18:36).  If we climb the stairway to heaven’s door the right way, we shall never fall – and we shall be saved (2 Peter 1:10-11, John 10:9).
  • The Body (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)
    there is rank rebellion in our midst today, both conscious and unconscious, that turns the hand of blessing into the hand of dutiful discipline and purifying judgment. God’s call to His children today is to turn from sin and heresy.  We are warned throughout the New Testament that compromise by individual believers ushers in judgment upon the body because of its corrupting influence.
  • Exercising Godliness (afewfish.com)
    Knowledge is a dangerous word because we usually think it is located in the mind. We learn French history or how to work on a car or how to program in Java and all of that is called knowledge. That sort of knowledge is safely separated from the rest of our lives and actions.
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    most of us enjoy the idea of godliness until we try to take a practical step.
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    the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ involves growing and changing.
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    Steadfastness (or perseverance) means continuing to believe, live righteously and bless God even when circumstances are difficult.
  • You – see – less (useless) (royholman.wordpress.com)
    brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble
  • Dream’s photography (queengods.wordpress.com)