The Necessities Of Life

W. Terry Varner
April 30, 2017

Man by creation is a trifold being: body, spirit, and soul (cf. 1 Thess. 5:23). Elsewhere, Paul describes man as having both an outward and an inward nature. “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16). By nature of our composition, man is a dependent creature. His body is dependent and his soul are dependent. Man is not independent or self-sustaining. He is obliged to look beyond himself for sustaining power to exist.

The needs of man’s inner nature correspond to the needs of his outward nature.

The Necessities of Life. Consider at least six (6) basic necessities of our life.

* Food. The body needs food or else it will starve. Starvation from food weakens the physical body making it susceptible to disease and death. Food sustains and revives it. Likewise, the soul of man must fed, else it will perish (cf. Matt. 4:4; 5:6; John 6:48-51).

* Water. As the body needs food, it needs water. Water sustains, revives, and refreshes. Without water, we cannot survive for long. Likewise, the soul needs the spiritual “living water” for sustaining it (cf. Ps. 1:1-3). It gives satisfaction to the soul (cf. John 4:13-14). The spiritual water is for all mankind (cf. Rev. 22:17).

*Light. The body needs light. Where there is no light there can be no life, only gloom, danger, and death reigns. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). “I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Light always gives guidance.

* Air (Atmosphere). Without air, man can live physically but for a few seconds. Impure air is injurious and dangerous and often kills. For the soul of man, wholesome atmosphere is necessary for our spiritual nature. Spiritually, the Bible teaches it is important with whom we associate. “Be not deceived, evil companionship corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). We need to be of those who do good works (cf. Heb. 10:24) and who exhort us (cf. Heb. 10:25).

* Shelter.Protection from the outside elements through proper shelter is essential for bodily preservation. When it comes to the soul of man, God is the roof to shelter us, a hearth to warm us, and a refuge in time of trouble. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

* Rest.Each night, we rest the body from its daily activities. Burdens are lifted when we get a good night’s rest. It is in Jesus we find “rest for our souls” (Matt. 11:28-30).

Enjoying the Necessities. The necessities of life, in order to be enjoyed and beneficial to both the body and soul, must be properly appropriated; i.e. to make one’s own.

* Necessities of the body. Even though food, water, and air are near at hand, they must personally and individually be part of us. We must take and use them—eat the food, breath the air, and drink the water. We must do this perpetually.

* Necessities of the soul. Salvation and all things pertaining to the soul’s well-being are available (Titus 2:11-12), but we must personally partake of them. “If any man thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). Jesus is “the bread of life” (John 6:48). We must drink and eat the spiritual water and food given us by Jesus. This why our obedience to God’s will supplies the necessities of the soul. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14).