Rebuilding the Walls of the Human Soul – Part 4

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Bondage vs. Captivity

We are in week four of our series on the book of Nehemiah; we are using the book of Nehemiah as an analogy of the work of the Holy Spirit in restoring the human personality. We are a three part being; we are a spirit, we live in a body and we have a soul. (1 Thess. 5:23)

At salvation our spirit is new and alive but our soul is still suffering from the effects of sin. Our soul is made up of three parts:

  1. Our intellect— how we think
  2. Our emotions— how we feel
  3. Our will— the choices we make

There are then three areas of the soul that become broken down and impacted by many different things.

In Nehemiah we have what is called a typological study, a study of truths found in the old testament that we apply to us today an in that we see how Nehemiah gains permission to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and the gates that have been burned down and destroyed. A picture of the work of the Holy Spirit restoring us to wholeness in every area of our own lives, making us holy, a scary word to us that we feel that is impossible, but it is really bringing us to completion in our personality.

So in Nehemiah we see a picture of the temple rebuilt, so the people can worship, but the city is in ruins, their capital is an embarrassment to them, picture of you and I, we are born again, we can worship God, but our lives are in such a ruin that we are an embarrassment to ourselves; we just can’t get our act together! Our lives a crippled in our thoughts and emotions and God’s plan is to bring us to a point of wholeness, or holiness, and we talked about that last week and I invite you to get online and look at just what holiness is, because it is very important and I wish  had the time to go back over it again…