What does Soul Refer to?

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

(Ezekiel 18:27) KJV

The word soul occurs 458 times in the King James Version of the Bible. The majority of these references are references to the person as an individual. It’s as if the word soul could be used interchangeably with any personal pronoun.

However there are many interesting references to the possible nature of the soul, its redemption, and its continuation after the death of the body in one of two states: dead or alive.

  1. Alive, or quickened,
    • inhabiting a new undying body in the presence of God in heaven, or
  2. dead,
    • yet still capable of receiving stimuli and interacting with the environment,
    • in the absence of a physical body,
    • cut off from the presence of God and in either
      1. hell (temporary),
      2. at the final judgment (temporary,
      3. or in the lake of fire (permanent).

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