“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:1,8-10)
What is a Soul?
I think there is a general consensus that everyone has a soul, but what is a soul? According to scripture, the soul has three parts: the mind, will, and emotions.
The Mind Being a Part of the Soul
Proverbs 2:10 says, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul”. Since knowledge gathers in the mind, it is evident that the mind is a part of the soul. Psalm 139:14 says, “…that my soul knoweth right well.” Since we have to use our mind to know, this also proves that the mind must be a part of the soul. Lamentations 3:20 says, “My soul remembers them well,” indicating that the soul can remember things. There are many more verses to support the mind is a part of the soul. But by these verses alone, we can be clear that the mind as the organ to know and to remember is a part of the soul.
The Will Being a Part of the Soul
The second part of the soul is the will. Job 7:15 says, “My soul would choose,” and 6:7 says, “My soul refuses.” To choose and to refuse are both decisions and functions of the will. First Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Jehovah your God.” Just as we set our mind to think, this verse says that we set our soul to seek. This is, of course, to make a decision. Since we can use our soul make a will to do something by making decisions it is clear the will is part of the soul.
Numbers 30:2 says, “When a man vows a vow to Jehovah or swears an oath to bind himself by pledge…” The term to bind oneself, which occurs eleven times in this chapter, literally means “to bind one’s soul.” When a man makes the decision to bind his soul he uses his will to do so.
Emotion Being a Part of the Soul
Emotion incorporate many things, including love, hatred, joy, and grief. Song of Songs 1:7 and Psalm 42:1 tells us that we love from our soul. This proves that within the soul there is the function of the emotion. Second Samuel 5:8, Psalm 107:18, and Ezekiel 36:5 show us that hating, loathing, and despising are also done with by the soul. Since these are emotions, this also proves that our emotion must be a part of our soul.
Isaiah 61:10 and Psalm 86:4 tell us that joy is in the soul. Deuteronomy 14:26 and Jeremiah 22:27 tell us that the soul desires. In the Strong’s concordances, desire in Jeremiah 44:14 and set their heart in Ezekiel 24:25 are literally “lift up the soul”. These verses tell us that the desire of the emotion is something in our soul. In addition, 1 Samuel 30:6, Judges 10:16, and Job 30:25 speak of bitterness, misery, and grief in the soul.
The verses mentioned above prove that the soul has three parts: the mind, will, and emotion. There are dozens of other verses on the soul in the Bible. If you’d like to do a more in-depth study go to biblehub.com and type in “soul” as the keyword. When studying the entire Scriptures, you will find there are only these three parts to our soul. These three parts comprise all the functions of the soul.
What is Selling Your Soul?
The act of selling is to transfer goods to or render services for another in exchange for money. So selling one’s soul would be giving the soul in exchange for money or another good. Read Luke 16:1-13 and see that the idea isn’t far fetched! Jesus says that man can worship money. I’m sure that you have met quite a few people that it seems all they do is work to pay off the unnecessary debt they are in. It seems like they can never get a handle on their finances. They do not have control over money, money controls them. They serve money!
The Devil Wants Your Soul
When Jesus was in the wilderness the devil told him give me worship and in exchange, I will give you these kingdoms (wealth and fame). The ultimate goal was for Jesus to submit his will to the devil. By doing so his emotions would have gotten the best of him and his mind would be focused on worshiping the devil to get fame and wealth. Jesus knew that by fulfilling his calling on earth his name would be famous forevermore and his father would give him the kingdoms. He did not have to exchange his soul for wealth or fame, those would come after his resurrection. Thank God he didn’t do it!
The devil uses the same tactic today. He will offer what you want in exchange for you to worship him. Once you begin to worship the devil he will begin to use your mind, will, and emotions to his benefit. If you stop the worship he stops giving out the goods. And so he tries to trap his worshippers in forever worshipping him.
God Wants Your Soul Too
Your creator, the one that made your flesh and soul wants your worship too. It is not to benefit him it is to benefit us. When we are in fellowship with God we begin to transform and put on godliness. When we connect ourselves to the source of life, love, truth, and mercy we begin to exemplify those qualities. God wants for our souls to be at rest and in peace. Will you give your mind, will, and emotions to God? The exchange benefits use for eternity.
It’s Not Too Late
If you have made a pact with the devil it is not too late! God offers you freedom today. You can repent of your sins, believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus came to die for you was raised for your justification and you shall be saved!