Soul, Spirit, Flesh: What’s the Difference?

Episode 585 Show Notes 

From the Show

God is not just saving our spirits, but our bodies. And he is going to restore the whole creation too. Sometimes we miss that when we talk about salvation. So many Christians assume that salvation is merely “going to heaven when I die, Jesus is saving my spirit, and this old body is going to go in the ground and turn to dust.” We imagine ourselves bouncing around on clouds in heaven. But the reality is that salvation in the bible is so much more than just going to heaven when you die. It is the hope of the resurrection of the body and of the life of the world to come through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Are God’s promises conditional on our actions? If we don’t forgive others, will he not forgive us?

2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do?

3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost?

4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh? Which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing?

5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don’t remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I’m mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin?

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Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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