Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. The point of verses 12-13 is that nothing about us is "not manifest in his sight" because the deepest and most hidden aspects of human nature are "opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." The deepest point of the physical nature of man is the bones of man and the deepest point of the bone is the morrow. The deepest point of man as a being is his immateral unseen spiritual nature and the deepest point in that nature is the "spirit" in contrast to the "soul" of man. The deepest point of the soul of man is the "thoughts and intents" of the heart. Bottom line, God's Word is able to distinguish between the human "spirit" and "soul" as much as God's Word distinguishes between "bone" and "morrow" and "thoughts and intents" in the heart. If one accepted this distinction they would have much less difficultes with the Biblical doctrine of salvation. They would see that salvation is found in three tenses and three major applications that match each aspect of human nature. The past completed aspect has to do with new birth/gospel conversion/justification (Jn. 3:6). The present tense of salvation has to do with the "soul" or "life". The future tense of salvation has to do with the glorification of the body or the removal of corruption (death principle) from the body. The new birth/justification is a completed irreversable perfect tense "saved" action that obtains entrance into heaven. The salvation of the soul/life is progressive incompleted action - being saved - wherein the soul is DAILY being either lost or saved as we walk either "after" the flesh or the Spirit, whether we "put off" the flesh or "put on" the Spirit. Here is where eternal life is EXPERIENCED or LOST and ones daily life is either LOST or made to count for the glory of God. Here is where the conflict rages that determines present EXPERIENCE of eternal life or peace, joy, assurance, growth, usefulness, or EXPERIENCE death - loss of peace, joy, assurance, usefulness, fruits of the flesh. The goal is that the "whole" spirit, soul and body be preserved without blame unto the coming of the Lord (1 Thes. 5:23). The issue is properly understanding the nature of the human "soul." God has made us three dimensional so that we have three different levels of consciousness. 1. The body gives us this world consciousness through five senses 2. The soul gives us self consciousness (volition, intellect, emotions) that provides expression through the body as our manifest "life." 3. The spirit gives us spiritual consciousness - spirit world Among all creatures that are made of "flesh and blood" only man has been made in the "image" of God and since all physical life has a physical body and blood, the image of God cannot be limited to the physical material aspects of human nature. There is more to the "soul" than physical life and more to the spirit of man than mere physical breath as both terms "soul" and "spirit" are directly applied to beings who have no physical material substance.