For the proclamation of the Gospel and the edification of the Body of Christ
Living Waters Magazine Nr. 37
January - February 2006
A pending task
For a long time there's been a topic that we have wanted to develop, but that required clear confirmation from the Lord to do it. It was a topic of crucial importance, of the greatest necessity among the people of God, and why not also mention, is controversial among some Christian circles.
The topic is man's tripartite constitution, spirit, soul and body, confirmed in the Holy Scriptures - although not sufficiently, according to some. Several respected theologians in the evangelical world argue for the position of duality, according to which, man is only body and soul (or spirit).
On the other hand, we received confirmation when almost simultaneously the Spanish and Portuguese version of the book "The Latent Power of the Soul" by Watchman Nee arrived into our hands. Published quite belatedly in our languages, this book covers a series of messages that Nee shared early in his ministry, soon after that of "The Spiritual Man's" publication, in which he deals with this delicate matter in depth and with success. Nee recognizes that there is a strong connection between these two books.
We therefore believe the hour has come in which we should develop this issue with the greatest care and attention. It is of such importance that several of the greatest teachers of the Word of God in the last two hundred years have taken on the task of examining it. Their writings have filled us with urgency because we, as heirs of their legacy, receive it and take on the responsibility. Their personal experience, they have said, has been a confirmation of the truthfulness and importance of such teachings.
What can we say? We here, distant in time and space, but not far from the Lord, can say amen to all that they have said, and to add that our small experience has also confirmed this to be true.
May the Lord inspire us to write and to understand, and to obtain the maximum profit of this material that we hope to publish in at least two editions. May it be so.
Spirit, Soul and Body
The Bible affirms that man is not a dual being of soul and body, but tripartite.
An analysis of the composition and function of the parts of man.
The work of God begins in man's spirit.
Victory Through Defeat
All loss in the sphere of the soul brings spiritual gain.
Speaking With My Soul
Psalms, in a very special way, throw light on the relationship of the soul with itself and with God.
Man's High Prospect and Destiny
The union, in one person, of soul and spirit makes him unique beyond this creation in the whole universe.
What Is His Name?
"Mommy, I Saw Jesus"