The "Golden Verse" of Biblical Anthropology

Today’s post today from David Burge. This was written many months ago but recently published in the latest edition of the Maranatha  Devotions which  celebrates 150 years of the Advent Christian denomination.

Genesis 2:7

Today’s Scripture teaches the following truths: that Adam was moulded out of the ground around him (notice that the creature that God formed is twice called “man” before he is ever living); that life entered Adam by God’s breathing of the “spirit” (the “breath of life”) into his nostrils; and that Adam became a living soul. Clearly, Adam is NOT dust plus something else, be it soul or spirit. He is literally dust made alive by the “breath” (or “spirit”) of God (Genesis 3:19,18:27; Psalm 103:14, etc.). Man does not HAVE a living soul. Man IS a living soul. This he shares in common with the animals (Genesis 1:20,21,24,30,2:19,6:17,7:15,22, etc.). Nothing in this (or any other) passage suggests that the “soul” or “spirit” is in any way immortal. The biblical view of a human being is truly humbling.

“Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22).

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