Our Eternal Souls
There is a part of us that is eternal. It will exist forever somewhere, either Heaven or the Lake of Fire. Since it will exist forever it is immeasurably important that we make certain we will live in Heaven. The way to make certain of that is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts.
Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit.
Matthew 10:28: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Unger*s Bible Dictionary:
A meaning of psuche (soul) is the essence which differs from the body, and is not dissolved by death, the soul freed from the body, a disembodied soul. It also has the meaning of the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our soul, heart, etc.) the human soul, insofar as it is so constituted that, by the right use of the aids offered it by God, it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness; the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life.
American Tract Society Dictionary:
The ancients supposed the soul, or rather the animating principle of life, to reside in the breath, that it departed from the body with the breath. Hence the Hebrew and Greek words which, when they refer to man, in our Bibles are translated *soul,* are usually rendered *life* or breath* when they refer to animals. But together with this principle of life, which is common to men and brutes, and which in brutes perishes with the body, there is in man a spiritual, reasonable, and immortal soul, the seat of our thoughts, affections, and reasonings, which distinguishes us from the brute creation, and in which chiefly consists our resemblance to God. Genesis 1:26a: *And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . . .* This must be spiritual, because it thinks; it must be immortal, because it is spiritual. Scripture ascribes to man alone understanding, conscience, the knowledge of God, wisdom, immortality, and the hope of future everlasting happiness. It threatens men only with punishment in another life, and with the pains of hell. In some places the Bible seems to distinguish soul from spirit, (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12) the organ of our sensations, appetites, and passions, allied to the body, form the nobler portion of our nature which most allies man to God. Yet we are to conceive of them as one indivisible and spiritual being, called also the mind and the heart, spoken of variously as living, feeling, understanding, reasoning, willing, etc. Its usual designation is the soul. The immortality of the soul is a fundamental doctrine of revealed religion. The ancient patriarchs lived and died persuaded of this truth; and it was in the hope of another life that they received the promises.