New book by Dr. John Best

From the author:

This new book is the result of almost two decades of teaching and several years of research, writing and editing. It is my longest, most in depth and documented book.

Most believers have overlooked or underestimated the value of their treasure–a human spirit that has been made alive and joined to Christ’s life!

I have researched  and written this guidebook to unpack for you the treasure chest of your regenerated human spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV).

Have you ever wondered precisely how the old things have passed way when you still have a mortal body and are steps behind where you’d like to be in your thoughts, feelings, and actions? And what are the things that have become new in your life?

Answers to this, and many other relevant questions, await you in this unique book.

Dr. R. Seymour: Systematic Theology

By Richard Seymour, D. D.

3. The Major Divisions of Man’s Being.

a. The question – Does man’s being consist of two or three divisions?

(1) Is he “dichotomous”?

(2) Is he “trichotomous”?

b. There are many passages in the Bible where the terms, “souls” and “spirit” are practically synonymous, designating simply the immaterial part of man. (cf. Jn.11:33 and 13:21 with Matt. 26:38)

(1) Those departed from this life are sometimes called “souls” (Rev. 6:9)

(2) Sometimes called “spirits”. (Heb. 12:23)

c. There are some passages where the Bible presents man as a dichotomous
being. These expressions simply mean the “material and immaterial part
of man”.

(1) Body and soul. (Matt.10:28)

(2) Body and spirit. (James 2:26)

d. There are other passages that make a clear distinction between soul and
spirit, indicating that they are not the same. (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12)

(1) This is further illustrated in the Life of Christ, where we note in the
Gospels that He had a body (Jn. 19:38-40), a soul (Jn. 12:27) and a spirit (Jn. 13:21).

e. The soul is the immaterial part of man which reacts to self, and to the
environment of natural life.

f. The spirit is the immaterial part of man which enters into relationship with God. The spirit of an unsaved man is dead.

g. The body is the house in which we live.

h. The most accurate statement is that man is a soul and spirit, and possesses a body, in which he may be “at home: or from which he may be “absent”. (2 Cor. 5:1-8)

– R. Seymour, Systematic Theology, p. 46

Spirit, Soul, and Body

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:23  NKJV).

“Spirit (Gk. pneuma) Luke 8:55; 1 Cor. 5:5, soul (Gk. psuche) Eph. 6:6; Phil. 1:27, body (soma), Matt. 6:22…The spirit enables a person to contact the divine Spirit
and is that part of a person that the Spirit quickens at the time of regeneration  (John 3:3; Rom. 8:16). The Greek word psuche, translated soul, means “life.” The New Testament writers use this word to speak of a person’s personality or inward, animating essence. Finally the New Testament writers identify the body, a person’s physical being, as separate from one’s soul or spirit. As this verse indicates, God works from the inside out, sanctifying our entire being…”
The Nelson Study Bible, p. 2029