Last time we started a discussion on Man. We were on a quest to explore a critical question that was posed. A question that man has been asking for as long as he can remember. The question is this:
What is man?
We were able to trace the origin of man and concluded that man is a direct creation of God, who was created after the image and likeness of God. You can find that here
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We raised some questions last time because scripture said: “Let us make man…” and follows it up with:…” and let them…”
What then was created? A singularity or a plurality or a plurality in the singularity? Issues.
But for tonight, we’d be dealing with a different question. A question of How.
How was man created?
By this, I do not intend to labor over the matter of methodology but rather format. Or to put the question in a different light, what is the format of the Created man?
To answer this question, we turn our attention to the records of a profound Minister of the gospel, wherein we find the clearest and the most direct answer to the question posed.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So to answer the question: How was man created? We say Man was created- Spirit, Soul, and body. The word created in the answer is used loosely because the body of Man was a product of a formation, a making rather than a strict creation. However, this is to say that man, in his full makeup, is comprised of Spirit, soul, and body. Man is a tripartite being.
This makes a world of difference because as we progress when we start to explore, the reason for apparent plurality in the creation of man, the matters of the likeness and image of God will start to tie up. And when we explore the reason for the creation of man, his responsibility, and rights, we will then understand why the man was created as a tripartite being.
Here and there, there are schools of thought that hold that man is a spirit. Another similar school goes on to say, Man is a spirit that has a soul and that lives in a body. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those schools are wrong. Scripture is very clear on this. And by God’s grace, this we would set forth subsequently.