has severed manís vital link to God through the spirit
of man. The soul has now lost its spiritual input from
God and has begun its long descent into the realms of
darkness and death. Manís life depended upon the truth
that came from God, which brought balance into his soul.
As Jesus later said, ďthe words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are life.Ē Now that
manís fellowship with his Creator was broken, so also
was his source of truth. As with the spirit, the soul
did not literally die as we think of the meaning of the
word. Again, death means separation from the One who is
life. However, the consequences of man choosing to
disobey God have, to a very great degree, disfigured the
image of God that he was created in. Man is now out of
balance. The soul, which once was the center of manís
being, and was meant to control manís actions, has now
become subservient to the fleshly desires of his body.
Where once God influenced man through the spirit, now
Satan, through the flesh and the darkened spirit, now
influences manís thoughts and actions. Where once higher
principles guided our decisions, now the lusts of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life now
govern fallen man. Man is no longer led by a desire to
love, honor, and obey God, but he now has come to love
himself, how he can satisfy and honor himself.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh
the words that I speak
unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Eze 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the
father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul
that sinneth, it shall die.
Cor 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because
we thus judge, that if one died for all,
then were all dead:
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the
course of this world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times
past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by
nature the children of wrath, even as others.
John 2:16 For
all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they
glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but
became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into
an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and
fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness
through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour
their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
who is blessed for ever. Amen.
complete domination of sin over manís soul can be seen
in what he now thinks about, what he now loves, and what
he now wills to do in his life. Whereas before, man
fellowshipped with his Heavenly Father and his mind was
illuminated by the truth that came from God, now,
ďevery imagination of the thoughts of his heart (is)
only evil continually.Ē Instead of manís mind
dwelling on the things of God and how he might honor and
serve Him, man now only thinks about himself and how he
may please his own fleshly desires. Covetousness,
immorality, and every other kind of wicked thought now
dominate his thinking.
Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in
their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate
mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness;
full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without
natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
emotions and affections have now been changed from that
of loving God and the things of God, to that of loving
himself, loving the world, loving money, and loving
evil. His whole emotional state is now so perverted that
he begins to hate the things of God, and instead loves
evil and darkness.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all
evil: which while some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.
John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world. If any man love the world, the
love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not
of the Father, but is of the world.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile
affections: for even their women did change the
natural use into that which is against nature:
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good
evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
will, which was once able to decide what is right and
God honoring for him to do, is now totally dominated by
sin. Because manís spiritual nature no longer influences
him to do what is right, and because his emotions are
now dominated only by the things of the flesh, his
choices are now limited to that of doing evil. Man lost
his so-called ďfree willĒ in the Garden, and now only
obeys the lusts of his new masters, the flesh and the
Devil. Manís last act of his completely uninhibited and
unrestrained will was to choose to disobey Godís warning
to him. Men in their pride and in the darkness of their
souls may think they are free, but they are only serving
sin and Satan. Men may choose to do what is
right, and that is their condemnation, but they will
not and can not because they are chained to their
sin. Therefore, they are ďthe servants of sin.Ē
Only those who are in Christ are free to express their
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and
the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a
lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the
father of it.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
John 8:36 If the Son
therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom
ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of
sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of
doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the
servants of righteousness.
soul, apart from God, will continue to fall deeper and
deeper into the abyss of sin and death. There is no
limit to how bad man can be; and, as has been said by
others, ďEvery one of us can be another Devil.Ē
Also, because manís soul was created in the image of
God, it is a never dying soul. We were created to live
forever in fellowship with God, but now in our fallen
condition, we will continue to exist in an ever-dying,
but never dead state of being. When manís spirit departs
from his body, the body dies and his soul must leave his
earthly house. However, it will continue to exist in
hell, awaiting the final judgment, called the Great
White Throne. After standing before God and being judged
for those things that were done in the body, it will
then be sent to its final homeóthe Lake of Fire. This is
also called ďthe second death,Ē because after the
unsaved are resurrected to stand before God, they will
then die the eternal death.
Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was
clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which
was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell
from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and
licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was
carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich
man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that
sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
God; and the books were opened: and another book was
opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were
judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and
death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.
process of death to manís soul however, was neither
final nor was it irreversible. Sin has affected us
completely in every area of our being, but we are not as
bad as we can be, nor is our situation as hopeless as it
appears. The soul of man, though it is corrupted by sin,
is still redeemable. However, it is not within manís
ability to redeem himself; but as we shall later study,
we must look to another to reconcile us back to God.
Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to
present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in