Email to Kenneth Copeland
Most of us know who Kenneth Copeland is. This is an E-mail I sent to him in 2010 after listening to one of his telecast.
Mr. Kenneth Copeland
In watching one of your telecast on 07/06/10, you were talking about an individuals mind. Concerning this, you made a statement that a person’s spirit is smarter than his mind, implying that you think a person mind and spirit are two different parts of man. That a person mind is one part of the makeup of man and his spirit is another part of his makeup.
What lead you to this conclusion? What verse or verses in the Bible make this distinction? Please send them to me that I may be able to study them.
The Hebrew writer in 4:12 says,” for the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the division of the soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.
In this verse, are the soul and spirit two different things of man’s makeup or one and the same? Are the joints and marrow two different things or one and the same. Thoughts and intents are of the heart. Is the heart here the same as a person mind or does it refer to some other part of man?
Paul mentions in II Corinthians 4:16, “ therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day”. To what is Paul having reference to here in the phrase,” inward man”. (Read also Romans 7:22) Is it his heart, mind, soul, spirit? If the outward man is perishing, what is being renewed in the inward man?
Ephesians 4:23, “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. Are the two words here, spirit and mind, different? Are could it be they are one and the same, and are therefore inseparable, as joints and marrow are in Hebrews 4:12? Paul states in Romans 12:2, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Paul states in Ephesians to renew your spirit. Are these two different processes by which and individuals renews himself or one in the same?
The “inward man” expression is used in these verses. Romans 7:22, II Cor.4:16, Eph.3:16. To what does this expression refer to?