Originally posted by ReddersP
Thats a profound statement.
So, are you saying that the soul is the empty vessel and the spirit is the fuel?
or are they entirely unrelated?
Man's being is a vessel. And part of this vessel is the soul. Another related part of this vessel is the human spirit. This vessel of man has three components which correspond to the three realms in which it must function.
The human body allows man to communicate with the physical world.
The human soul allows man to interact with the psychological world.
The human spirit allows man to contact, to touch the spiritual world.
So this vessel is of three parts spirit, soul, and body (1 Thess 5:23)
"And may 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" (1 Thess. 5:23)
Here we see that man is a tripartite being composed of spirit and soul and body. And the three components make up the "complete"
But where does it say that man is a vessel? It is both implied and explicitly stated. Here are some of the explicit references:
"In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory." (Romans 9:23)
Above God has prepared human vessels
to contain His manifested glory.
Even more clear is 2 Corinthians 4:7
[the apostles and believers] have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7)
Paul says that his humanity is an earthen vessel. Christ's life and nature as conveyed into by the Spirit of Christ is the treasure put within the earthen vessel of his humanity.
Then we also have Paul teaching Timothy that he is a vessel
set aside for God:
"If therefore anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared unto every good work." (2 Tim. 2:21)
For the same reason the Apostle Paul discribes the believers as a temple of the Holy Spirit which is God.
" Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?" (1 Cor. 6:19)
The human being is a vessel, a container. Just as the Jewish temple had three compartments - the outer court, the holy place, and the holy of holies, so the human being has the body, the soul, and the spirit.
The human spirit is the kernel, the nucleus of man. It is the innermost portion of man into which the Triune God begins to dispense Himself into man's entire being.