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OUR DEATH

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and digesting are animated by the soul for when the soul leaves the body all these functions stop. A body without a soul is a As physical life depends upon the union of body and soul, corpse. ;

so

is

As

physical death the result of the dissolution of that bond.

in the beginning

God formed

earth and breathed into

came a

the

human body out the breath of

its nostrils

of the dust of the life,

so that

it

be-

living being, so is the dissolving of that bond, which

Death

death to the body, an act of God.

is

therefore the removal

is

gift, the bond of life. God withdraws the forand the soul departs in separate disembodiment;

wonderful

of that

feited blessing,

while the body, freed as a corpse,

delivered unto corruption.

is

Life and death are Dying thou shalt die " is the divine sentence, which includes the entire person, and not the body only. That which possesses creaturely life can also die as a creature. Hence the soul, being a creature, can be dispossessed of

But

this does not finish the process of death. "

awful opposites, embracing body and soul.

its

creaturely

life.

We admit that in another aspect the soul is immortal vent confusion, of his mind.

we beg

Presently

we

will return to

Applying our definition of

life to

follows that the soul lives only

but to pre-

;

moment

the reader to put this fact for a

out

it.

the soul as a living creature,

when

it

moves, when acts proceed

it

from it, and energies work in it. But its vital principle is not inherent any more than in the body, but comes from without. Originally it was not self-existing, but God gave it an increated vital principle and moving power which He sustained and qualified for work from moment to moment. In this respect Adam differed from us.

It is

true that in the soul of the regenerated there is a vital

energy

principle, but the source of its Christ.

There

is indwelling,

and his house are extraneous,

distinct.

Hence

outside of ourselves in

The dweller

in the regenerated

seat is not in himself.

its

is

but not interpermeation.

But not so

in

man

Adam.

life

the life-principle energizing the soul proceeded from God, yet

was deposited

To ture

it

other. Christ,

in

Adam

own

it

himself.

obtain gas from the city's gas-works at one's

is

Altho

own of God

cost, in one's

The regenerated child who is outside of Him at

one thing to manufac;

is

quite an-

receives life directly from

the right hand of God, through the

channels of faith; but

Adam had

from the Fountain of

all

Good.

is

establishment,

within him

the principle of

life

The Holy

had placed

Spirit

it

in

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 319

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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