Dr. Martin Seitz -- “The Whole Bible for the Whole World and for the Whole Person”

November 12, 2013

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (RSV)

Hebrews 4:12 suggests that Scripture is applicable to the whole person—physically, mentally/psychologically, and spiritually. To be in the best condition to minister to others, we each need to be as healthy as possible physically, mentally/psychologically, and spiritually. But when we have done all we can reasonably do to achieve our own individual maximal health, we can rely on God’s Holy Spirit to help us in our infirmities so that we can minister in spite of our weaknesses. Then when we minister to others, our goal ought to be to apply the truths of the Word and the person of the Living Word through the direction and power of the Holy Spirit to the redemption and salvation of others in all their varied spiritual, mental/psychological, and physical needs.

Often, in order to help individuals, we also need to redeem the groups and social structures within which they are embedded. Therefore, the mission of ministering to the whole person is interrelated to ministering to the whole world. We effectively can’t do one without the other. The Christian mission has wholistic intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions.


- Dr. Martin Seitz, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

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