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ANDREW MURRAY (1828-1917)
In his masterpiece The Spirit of Christ, Andrew Murray refers several times to the fact that man is tripartite. In chapter 24 entitled “The Temple of the Holy Spirit” Murray states,

One of these realities—for Divine Truth is exceeding rich and full and has many and very diverse applications—one of these realities shadowed forth by the Temple, is man’s three fold nature.…Man is God’s temple. In him, too, there are the three parts. In the body you have the outercourt.…Then there is the soul, with its inner life, its power of mind and feeling and will. In regenerate man this is the holy place.…Man has not only body and soul, but also spirit. Deeper down than where the soul with its consciousness can enter, there is a spirit-nature linking him with God. (159-160)
Deeper down than where the soul with its consciousness can enter, there is a spirit-nature linking him with God

In chapter 29, entitled “The Spirit of Love,” Murray continues, “We must here again refer to what has been said of man’s three-fold nature, body, soul, and spirit, as constituted in creation and disorganized by the fall” (193).

Finally, in a note on “The Place of the Indwelling” (Chaps. 6 and 29) Murray says, “In the constitution of these three parts of man’s nature, the spirit, as linking him with the Divine, was the highest; the body, connecting him with the sensible and animal, the lowest; intermediate stood the soul, partaker of the nature of the others, the bond that united them, and through which they could act on each other.”


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MARY E. McDONOUGH (1863-1962)
Mary McDonough states in the first chapter of her book, God’s Plan of Redemption in a section entitled “Man’s Tripartite Being:”

Hence man is not a dichotomous but is a trichotomous being; he is made up of spirit, soul, and body.
The spirit is the seat of God-consciousness, the soul the seat of self-consciousness, and the body, of world-or sense-consciousness. With the spirit we know God and our relation to Him, as well as our relation morally to every created object. With our soul powers-the intellect, sensibilities (affections, emotions), and will-we are able to deal with the intuitions of the spirit, the claims of these various soul faculties, and the record of the bodily senses. (16-17)

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A. R. FAUSSET (1821-1910)
A. R. Fausset, in volume 3 of his New Testament commentary, clearly states that man is constituted of spirit, soul, and body. Regarding 1 Thessalonians 5:23 he says, It refers to man in his normal integrity: an ideal which shall be attained by the glorified believer. All three—spirit, soul, and body—each in its place, constitute man “entire.” The “spirit” links man with higher intelligences, and is that highest part receptive of the quickening Holy Spirit (1 Cor. xv. 47). The soul [psuche] is intermediate between body and spirit: it is the sphere of the will and affections. (469)


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CLARENCE LARKIN
In Clarence Larkin’s book Dispensational Truth or God’s Plan and Purpose in the Ages, he describes man as a “trinity” made up of body, soul, and spirit. He then proceeds to compare the threefold nature of man to the three sections of the tabernacle.

From these references we see that man is a Trinity, and is composed of a “Body,” “Soul,” and “Spirit.” Man was made in the “Image of God” and God is a Trinity. The difference between plant and animal life is, that the plant has not “conscious” life, while the animal has a “living (conscious) soul.” The difference between animal life and human life is, that while animals have a “living soul” man has more, he has a “spirit….”

The “Threefold Nature of Man” may be illustrated by the Tabernacle…The Tabernacle and its Courtyard is a type of the “Threefold Nature of Man.” The “Courtyard” represents his Body, the “Holy Place” his Soul, and the “Most Holy Place” his Spirit…After the completion of the Tabernacle it remained empty of the “Presence of God” until the “Spirit of God” descended and took up His abode in the “Most Holy Place.” So a man may be complete as to body, soul and spirit, but his spiritual nature will remain unregenerate until the Holy Spirit enters and takes possession of the “spirit” compartment of his nature. This happens when the “New Birth” takes place. (97)

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JESSE PENN-LEWIS (1861-1927)
In her article entitled “Spiritual things to the Spiritual,” published in her periodical The Overcomer, Jesse Penn-Lewis comments on 1 Thessalonians 5:23 citing A.R. Fausset on the three parts of man.

Paul says “The God of peace sanctify you…spirit, soul, and body.” God in the spirit sanctifying the soul, controlling and dominating the body. Fausset—a Commentator of authority—says, that “In the threefold division of man’s being, body, soul, and spirit, the due state in God’s design is, that the spirit which is the recipient of the Holy Spirit, uniting man to God, should be first and rule the soul, which stands intermediate between body and spirit….” Penn-Lewis goes on to say, “From this clear statement you will understand that the spirit must be first, and dominate the soul, and through the soul control the body. (5)
In her book Soul and Spirit, Penn-Lewis elaborates on this inward readjustment, effected through God’s work of salvation. “The tripartite nature of man could then be again adjusted, with the spirit once more in domination and the body acting merely as the outward and material vessel—the instrument of the spirit through the soul” (19).


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WATCHMAN NEE (1903-1972)
In Watchman Nee’s book The Christian Life and Warfare originally published in 1927, he clearly demonstrates from 1 Thessalonians 5:23 that man has three parts.

The Word of God does not divide man into two parts, the soul and the body. Rather, it divides man into three parts: the spirit, the soul, and the body. First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete.” This verse clearly shows a distinction between the spirit and the soul. Otherwise, it would not have said, “Your spirit and soul,” but rather, “Your spirit-soul.” Since God has said this, we can see that there is a distinction between man’s spirit and his soul. From this we can conclude that man is divided into three parts—the spirit, the soul, and the body.

The first chapter of Watchman Nee’s book The Spiritual Man is entitled “The Spirit, The Soul, and The Body.” Here, Nee further emphasizes and elaborates on the fact that man is composed of three parts.

First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “The God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete.” This verse clearly divides a person into three parts: the spirit, the soul, and the body. Here the apostle mentioned the believers being sanctified “wholly.” This means that the whole being of the believers is to be sanctified. What did he mean when he said that a person is to be sanctified wholly? He meant that a person’s spirit, soul, and body are to be preserved complete. This is very clear; a complete person has a spirit, a soul, and a body. (3)


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This trichotomous view of man is apparent even from the moment of man’s creation. In Genesis 2:7 “Jehovah God formed man with the dust of the ground.” With this act, God created man’s body. The verse continues, “And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” “Breath” is derived from the Hebrew word neshamah which, significantly, is translated “spirit” in Proverbs 20:27: “The spirit [neshamah] of man is the lamp of Jehovah.” We can thus infer, that God’s breathing into man the breath of life produced man’s spirit. Zechariah 12:1 corroborates the creation of man’s spirit by telling us that just as Jehovah stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundation of the earth, He also formed the spirit of man within him. Genesis 2:7 concludes “And man became a living soul.” The soul (man’s intrinsic person) was the issue of the breath of God entering into the nostrils of the body of dust. The biblical record of the three-step creation of man clearly reveals him to be tripartite.

The New Testament continues and expands on this revelation. First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Here Paul enumerates man’s three distinct parts: “spirit and soul and body,” the repetition of the conjunction “and” serving to reinforce their distinctness. Furthermore, Hebrews 4:12 specifies “The word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow.” All three parts are once again articulated in this verse: the joints and marrow pertain to the body, and the soul is explicitly separate from the spirit. These Old and New Testament references exemplify the Bible’s consistent presentation of the tripartite man.
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Hi Greg
I thought I would add a couple of comments on this line.

If any of the folks reading this should find themselves preaching on this theme through translators it would be good to check the tranlsation that is being used. In the Nepali both spirit and soul are translated "atman" which is really the word soul. Unless you spend time before the preaching with your interpreter you will cause him the most enormous confusion. I speak from experience!

Secondly. Although there are important truths here we should be cautious about the way we apply them. It is sometimes said with a pointed finger that one man is soulish and another spiritual. It is sometimes used similarly to describe ministry. Heb 4:12 tells us that it is extremely difficult to divide between soul and spirit. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

My plea would be for this doctrine should be used with a careful precision that pierces rather than with the the enthusiasm of a man with a felling axe. It is the the Spirit alone who can put his sword point right on the spot. and who other than God would dare to distinguish between the 'thoughts and intentions' of another man's heart?


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