Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on December 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
A Brother in our group asks...
“Soul mates....does anyone think that is scriptural?... if you can back it up with scripture please....”
For my answer, I will quote Elihu, who said...
“For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.” (Job 34:3)
While we mull over the words/term “soul mate” in our ears, let's see if we can pick up it's flavor.
Webster's Dictionary says...
Full Definition of SOUL MATE
1: a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
2: a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs
Since this Brother asked if it is scriptural, I will do my best to see what the scripture bears out about this subject.
(Borrowing from another Brother on the group...)
“Although it is not necessary ... it is possible for hearts between two people to be knit together in love...
Col 2:2a That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love ...
And God did something like that between David and Jonathan...
1 Sam 18:1b ... that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David ...
And combining those two with 'one flesh' Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh....”
After reading the last few sentences (from this other Brother on the group), I thought to myself, “those are my thoughts, exactly.”
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God....” (Psalm 62:1)
“...my soul thirsteth for thee [God]...” (Psalm 63:1)
I believe that once we get saved that our spirits become one with the Lord (I Corinthians 6:17). Man retains the spirit of man, but we are baptized into one spirit...
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (I Corinthians 12:13)
Our souls are saved and we are one Spirit with the Lord. Since we have the same Spirit, can we call what we have in common with the Lord “Spirit mates?”
If we are one Spirit with the Lord, aren't our souls (that are eternally saved) intertwined somehow with His—making us bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh? (See Ephesians 5:30)
How can fleshly beings be connected to an Eternal Being? How can we be all be “one?” (I Corinthians 6:17; 10:17; 12:11-12)
There is an easy answer to this question, and it is found in Ephesians 5:32. The Bible calls being “one” (in this case “flesh”) a “mystery.” In other words, you might come close to understanding it, but you will never figure it out.
The Lord in Ephesians five used the mystery of the intertwinings of a man and a woman (see Proverbs 30:19) as an ensample of what we are to Christ.
“...they two shall be one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31)
Now, go back a verse...
“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” (Ephesians 5:30)
Now, I know that the word “soul” or the word “mate” is not found in any of these verses, but, either way, we are sure closely connected to Jesus. So close, in fact, that God used the example of a marriage between a man and a woman as THE example of what we are to Christ.
Is there such a thing as “soul mate” found in the Bible? You are right, it doesn't look that way. You won't find that expression anywhere. But, could being a “soul mate” be scriptural. Well, that's another story. (As was said above, it seems like David's soul was joined to Jonathan's.)
Obviously, “soul mate” is different from the words “help meet” (Genesis 2:18), but don't let that throw you.
Darby Bible translation says...
“And Jehovah Elohim said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.”
It seems to me that someone along the way stole the term “help meet” and changed it to “help mate” from a perverted bible, giving us the term/thought of there being a “soul mate.”
The Authorized Version uses the words “help meet” for a reason. The word “meet” means...
“Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose.”
That's what “help” Mother Eve was to be to Father Adam.
As far as God was concerned, the woman that He created from man's rib was a perfect match for Adam.
Given this information, perhaps a better term than “soul mate” might be a “soul meet.”
Is that term in the scripture? No. Is it scriptural? Given the above information; maybe.