and was open to the light of the sun. A regenerate man is depicted in this figure. His spirit is the Holy of Holies, God?s dwelling place, in the darkness of faith, without a light, for he believes what he neither sees nor feels nor comprehends. The psyche of that man is the holy place, whose seven lights represent the various powers of understanding, the perception and knowledge of material and visible things. His body is the atrium or court, which is open to everybody, so that all can see how he acts and lives.?
Thomasius, however, in his Christi Person und Werk, 1:164-168, quotes from Luther the following statement, which is clearly dichotomous: ?The first part, the spirit is the highest, deepest, noblest part of man. By it he is fitted to comprehend eternal things, and it is, in short, the house in which dwell faith and the word of God. The other, the soul, is this same spirit, according to nature, but yet in another soft of activity, namely, in this, that it animates the body and works through it; and it is its method not to grasp things incomprehensible, but only what reason can search out, know, and measure.? Thomasius himself says: ?Trichotomy, I hold with Meyer, is not sustained in the Scripture.? Neander, sometimes spoken of as a trichotomist, says that spirit is soul in its elevated and normal relation to God and divine things; yuch> is that same soul in its relation to the sensuous and perhaps sinful things of this world. Godet, Bib. Studies of OT, 32 ? ?Spirit = the breath of God, considered as independent of the body: soul = that same breath, in so far as it gives life to the body.? The doctrine we have advocated, moreover, in contrast with the heathen view, puts honor upon man?s body, as proceeding from the hand of God and as therefore originally pure ( <010131>Genesis 1:31 ? ?And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good?); as intended to be the dwelling place of the divine Spirit ( <460619>1 Corinthians 6:19 ? ?know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God??); and as containing the germ of the heavenly body ( <461544>1 Corinthians 15:44 ? ?it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body?; <450811>Romans 8:11 ? ?shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you? ? here many ancient authorities read ?because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you? dia> to< ejnoikou~n pneu~ma ). Birks, in his Difficulties of Belief, suggests that man, unlike angels, may have been provided with a fleshly body,
(1) to objectify sin, and
(2) to enable Christ to unite himself to the race, in order to save it.
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