“C. I. Scofield, in his reference Bible, explains that…
the spirit gives God consciousness,
the soul gives the self consciousness,
the body gives the world consciousness.”
Watchman Nee excerpt The Latent Power of the Soul
“In the history of man’s creation we read,
‘The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground’—
thus was his body made–
‘and breathed into his nostrils the breath‘
or spirit ‘of life’:
thus his spirit came from God;
‘and man became a living soul.’
The spirit quickening the body made man a living soul,
a living person with the consciousness of himself.
The soul was the meeting-place, the point of union between body and spirit.
Through the body, man the living soul, stood related to the external world
[he] could influence it, or be influenced by it.
Through the spirit he stood related to the spiritual world and the Spirit
of God, when he had his origin;
[therefore he] could be the recipient and the minister of its life and power.
Standing thus midway between two worlds, belonging to both,
the soul had the power of determining itself,
[therefore] choosing or refusing the objects by which it was surrounded,
and to which it stood related.”
(brackets are mine)