Biblically, Man is described as being tripartite in that He is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a physical body … I Thess. 5:23 Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonian that they be sanctified in all aspects of life, spirit, soul and body.
The spirit is the God-consciousness of man, but then he possesses a soul, both of which live in a physical house, the body.
The soul, which is the personality of man, consists of the mind, thoughts, will and emotions.
The mind has the faculty of knowing, the seat of understanding.
The mind has counsels, purpose, (Rom. 11:34, I Cor. 2:16 NKJV)
– the thoughts and counsels of God dictates what the law of the Spirit should be.
– There has to be a synchrony between the laws of the human mind and that of law of the Spirit of God. In this can the new nature truly flourish. (
The mind can also signify:–
- the faculty of knowing, understanding, or moral reflection
- sentiment or disposition
The renewal of the human mind can be a spiritual exercise. This is to transform us more and more into the likeness of what God originally intended for man. This is re-echoed in Ephesians 4:23
What other biblical takes of the mind do you know? Give us your philosophical, metaphysical or other takes on this fascinating topic of the mind.