"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
// Hebrews 4:12
To start The Temple Prøject, we looked at what it is to worship God with our minds. It would take much longer than a week to unpack this concept. It's a great challenge because much of the idolatry that exists in our worship hinges on wrong thinking. We need our minds renewed, no long conforming them to the patterns of this world but transforming them by the Gospel.
One of the patterns that most people constantly conform to is living as if we are solely physical bodies in a temporal world. This could not be further from the truth. We are immortal beings, tripartite in nature, made up of spirit, soul, and body. We are created in the image of God, who is triune: God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet they are one.
The love between Them is so great that there is no separation. We were made out of the overflow of His love and He crafted us so well that it is impossible to separate the three parts of who we are. We cannot see our spirit or soul but we do see reflections of what is going on in these areas by looking at the state of our physical bodies, our thoughts, our words, our actions, our relationships and so on.
The Bible does not give us cookie cutter definition of what a soul is. From looking at the different Biblical uses of the word, we observe that the soul is the non-physical part of our person, which is core to our identity, emotions, morality and our personality. Our soul is immortal, thus it can be lost or saved, and is in need of attention. It's difficult to understand the difference between our heart, spirit, and soul, but both God’s word and the Holy Spirit enable us to get understanding and wisdom on these integral parts of our humanity.
We can see what is going on in the oneness of God – between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – through His creation and all He has done for us. The wonder of all that He has created from the beginning reveals the perfect, divine nature of God. If you don't believe me, then wake up early this week and observe a sunset or the craftsmanship of the human eye (ask permission first) and be reminded of His amazing glory that is revealed all around us.
We can also see what is going on in the nature of humanity between our spirit, soul, and body through what we have done to His creation, how we treat His beautiful earth and our fellow humans, and our Creator. Something is not quite right. Something has broken down in the connection between our spirit, soul and body.
Over the next three weeks in The Temple Prøject, we will be looking at what worship looks like in a each of these interconnected areas of our lives. In order to do this we need something sharp enough, wise enough, quick enough, and powerful enough to decipher between our spirit, soul, and body. The writer of Hebrews reveals that the only thing that can truly do this is the Word of God.
We pray this week’s devotions give a kickstart to seeing what worship looks like in your soul and what God desires to do in the very core of who you are and who He created you to be. Don't settle for anything less...
Welcome to the second week of The Temple Prøject. 92 Days of worship.
// Josh Kelsey