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SALVATION OF THE SOUL

BY: TERRI WHITE

The full impact of this study cannot be appreciated unless you have read Lesson 16 Resurrection Life.

INTRODUCTION

Within God’s great and wonderful plan from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:5), is His determination to fill His
Body (the Church) with the fullness of Him who fills all in all – "for in that Body lives the full measure of Him Who makes
everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere [with Himself]" (Eph. 1:23). This is God’s ultimate intention for
humanity, and He is in the process of "working out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will"
(Eph. 1:11b). The fullness of His plan is not a reality yet, but when the time is ripe (Eph. 1:10), "all the earth [people] shall
be filled with the glory of the LORD" (Num. 14:21).

CHOOSING LIFE

"For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14). Man is spirit, soul, and
body. In our spirit, God has already perfected those of us who are in Christ. We are complete in Him (Col. 2:10). We are
His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). We are holy and blameless and beyond reproach (Col. 1:22). These are already true of
us in the unseen and eternal realm, in God's kingdom, in our spirit. These are eternal, unchanging truths of our identity as
new creations, as sons and daughters whom God has birthed (John 3:3-6). In the soul (the mind, will, and emotions),
however, we are in the process of being sanctified (saved). We have needs. Our emotions fluctuate. Our behavior
changes. We experience growth.

Look at yourself as a house (John 14:2). When you surrendered your life to Christ, God took ownership of your house. In
your spirit, you are righteous, holy, and perfect; you are one Spirit with Christ. Your soul, however, has yet to be
perfected. It has been wrecked by its former owner, sin, and is badly in need of renovation, just as a house that has been
abused and neglected by irresponsible tenants. The new owner takes one room at a time and completely renovates each
room. Just so with the soul: with your cooperation, the Holy Spirit begins the process of sanctification – lining up each
"room" of the soul with the unseen and eternal truths in your spirit. This is what Paul meant when he admonished us to
"not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . . ." (Rom. 12:2). There is turmoil in
recapturing the soul, where God moves out to retake the territory that was stolen from Him – territory that He originally
made so that He could manifest Himself by means of us. (See also II Cor. 10:3-6). Calmness, however, reigns in the
spirit because the intensity of the battle is not in one's spirit, but in the soul.

"Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it" (Luke
9:24). The Greek word translated life is psyche – soul. Jesus is saying, "If you hold on to this soul-life, you are going to
lose real life. In the ongoing process of salvation, then, if you are willing to lose this soul-life (not be ruled by the soul-life),
you will gain The Life. Jesus said, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. . ." (Matt. 14:6). Jesus is Life. Christianity is
not a religion with methods, programs, and step-by-step formulas; it is a Life, and that Life is Jesus Christ. Religion is a
substitute for the Real Life, but Jesus said it was Life, meaning His Life. We are simply to let Him live His Life through us –
from the spirit through the soul/body.

COOPERATING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to
observe My ordinances." (Ezek. 36:26,27; see also Jer. 31:31-34)

Hundreds of years before Christ came, God foretold what He would do in His people – He would do it all. Notice all of the I
will’s in the above scripture. Nothing of God has its point of origin with you, but everything of God will be manifested as
you in your world. There isn’t any way that we can make life succeed on any other basis than faith in God’s I will’s. He will
do it. That’s the way it works, but it takes time for God to work His I will’s into us and supplant our own I will’s.

This is God’s ongoing work in our soul – "I will cause you to walk in My statutes." God is lining up our outer being (soul)
with Himself. But how does this happen? The only thing we can do is be willing and cooperative with the Person in us that
can cause it to happen. God never stomps on our will; He will woo us until we willingly cooperate with His Spirit. ". . . What
shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you
believe in Him whom He sent’" (John 6:28,29). Our willingness is expressed as faith, or trust. By faith we believed that
Christ died for our sins. In the same way, we believe by faith that we died with Christ. In both cases, we have to put faith

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in an unseen and eternal truth before we begin to see it operate in our lives. The work of faith is not to try to do the dying.
It is to recall the fact that the old you (adamic/sin nature) is already dead, and to live out of that fact.
The Holy Spirit within us is our Teacher to lead us to revelation of God’s character. When revelation comes and we
believe in the unseen and eternal truth, we watch the Holy Spirit make that truth a living reality in our soul. Christ can only
live out of the revelation that we have of His character. For example, if you are greedy and covetous, and God reveals to
you that Christ is totally sufficient, and you believe that, then the Holy Spirit lines up your soul with that eternal truth alive
in your spirit. You won’t have to satisfy your needs through greed anymore, but will live through the knowing that Christ is
meeting your needs moment by moment. Your soul is turned to the spirit, and focuses on the unseen and eternal.
Revelation is a prerequisite to our soul lining up with our spirit.

There is a timing in God’s plan to recapture our soul. The areas in the soul that are not yet "saved" are like the manure
needed to make compost. While manure is decomposing, it is hot and stinky; if seed was planted at this stage, it would
burn up. However, when all is changed into composting material, the seeds planted grow into a fruitful garden. Likewise in
the soul. The process by which God brings us to the place where we can receive revelation is unpleasant - hot and stinky.
God lets those difficulties in our lives sit there until they have done their work in us. Then, and only then, are we ready to
receive revelation (the seed). This process does not remove our external difficulties, nor does it still our emotions. The
revelation, though, causes us to focus on Him and not the problem. Just as a baby stumbles and falls when he first learns
to walk, so it is when we first begin to allow Christ to live through the soul in a newly revealed way. Old habits and
patterns that were ingrained for years take time to change. It is a process. John the Baptist said that, "He must increase,
but I must decrease." That increase takes place in the soul. But when the process is complete, that revelation is firmly
rooted, and Christ victoriously lives His life through us in that area of the soul.

LIVING AFTER THE "BUT"

These needs, changes, and the emotional uproar in our soul are the materials out of which we exercise our faith. If we did
not have the negative in life, we would never exercise our faith. They allow Christ to respond to situations through us with
His Life. Paul said that "we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of
God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but
not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of
Jesus also may be manifested in our body" (II Cor. 4:7-10). Paul was living after the ‘but’. He put the trouble in front of the
‘but’ and put God and His perspective after the ‘but.’ Did that change the fact that he was afflicted, perplexed, persecuted,
and struck down? Not at all. He continued to experience those things, but was taking his life from "the life of Jesus" in his
spirit. Because we know the truth and live from the truth does not mean the external situation is going to change, but we
are going to change in our soul. When we live out of our union with Christ, we move from the circumstance to the solution.
And that solution is a Person. It moves us from without to within, the outer to the inner, the temporal to the eternal. This is
the process by which our soul is continually recaptured/sanctified.

When our emotions are screaming and our thoughts run amuck from difficult circumstances, we take it back to the Person
within us and get God into it: "What are You doing, God? It looks like the devil, but what are You doing, God?" Somehow
we come back to say, "But God, You are in this." We are not saying that God caused it; we are talking about God being in
the process. He is our source. Apart from Christ, we cannot respond to life’s circumstances differently than anyone else. If
we try, we will only produce religion – something phony. Only Christ can be this life, but He does not operate His life in a
spiritual vacuum. He operates His life in human beings. He operates it in you and me.

We experience the ‘dying of the Lord Jesus’ (losing our soul-life) when we say no to "stuff." Realizing that the situation is
bad, our thoughts are sour, or our feelings are discomforting, we draw our life from our union in Christ instead of living
from the circumstances, feelings, and thoughts. The life of Jesus is then manifested in and through the soul when we say
yes to faith.

Once the battle of faith is settled – once we do not deny the circumstance, thought, or feeling, but come to the place of our
permanent victory – to where The Life is – we can go through what God gives us to go through. The key is agreeing with
what God says, and then we experience victory when we agree with how God sees us. We have the privilege of looking at
life as God looks at life. That is our place of permanent victory and rest. We see what God sees. We say what God says.
We live as He lives through us.

"His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness. . ." (II Peter 1:3). The devil doesn’t mind if we
are born again as long as we don’t let the Holy Spirit out. As long as God’s Spirit remains only within our spirit and never
recaptures the soul, the Kingdom of God has only potential. In other words, the power is there, but it is unused, untapped.
It’s like having great wealth in the bank, but instead of using the money to live like a king, we live like a pauper. In
cooperating with this process of salvation, we contribute to the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

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"May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner
man [soul] by the Holy Spirit. May Christ through your faith actually dwell – settle down, abide, make His permanent home
– in your hearts [soul]! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and
be strong to apprehend and grasp with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of it; [that you may
really come] to know – practically, through experience for yourselves – the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere
knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being – soul) unto all the fullness of God – [that
is] may have the richest measure of the divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!"
Eph. 3:16-19, Amplified

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