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Lambert Dolphin

The True Temple Newsletter #3
Dear Friends,

[Note from Lawrence] Lambert is blessedly writing more and more these days and here is his next newsletter. Lambert says to tell you that his web site ( has a little-known audio file detailing his life story which he says is more thorough than is in written form. He has been asking for his friends to please have a listen to it and let him know what they think. The recording ( is from way back in the late autumn of 1962 at Stonecroft Ministries and recounts his long journey towards knowing Jesus Christ in a personal way.

A Temporary Tent...     Newsletter #3
The True Temple, Who, (or What) Is a Person?
I have been interested in the nature of man ever since I took a Freshman Psych class at San Diego State College in 1954. I was not a follower of Christ back then so I devoured Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and other secular sources. After my conversion to Christianity I revised my world view and my views on the nature of man. The following is a summary of my current beliefs on this subject. 
I believe we all have been created by God as tripartite men and women. I like the model that we are body, soul and spirit. In an ancient book in my library I found a drawing by Clarence Larkin. (1850-1924), which illustrates this view.

The Bible teaches that we (Man) are the true temple where God ultimately dwells. While he was on Mt. Sinai, Moses was shown the temple in heaven from which exact copies were to made in the Jewish Tabernacle, and the two temples in Jerusalem which followed see (

Hebrews gives us further details about believers as the final dwelling place for the living God. (My understanding of these matters can be researched by visiting the library of the late Ray C. Stedman at ( Please don’t take my word for what I am sharing. Check with Ray (RCS) and read your Bible please cover-to-cover).

The physical body is described in the Bible as an earthen vessel, a house for soul and spirit. To Christians, “...we have this treasure (Christ) in earthen vessels so that the excellency of the power might be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor 4:7) Our bodies are mortal, running on 4-dimensional time (length, width, height & time). Because of sin our bodies age, get tired, become sick, and eventually “die.” Of course our bodies, though fallen, are fearfully and wonderfully made, equipped with amazing files and systems.

The resurrection of the mortal does not mean that our present bodies are not redeemable. They are, and will be, redeemed and made new when Christ returns. The redemption of our bodies and the resurrection of the dead are important teachings in the Bible. Therefore my discussion on Man as tripartite is naive and incomplete. For the sake of my model, our mortal bodies are containers for our Soul and Spirit which are not physical places, or tangible entities. These invisible dimensions number at least ten, according to Chuck Missler. The Bible locates the invisible, unseen realities in “the heavenly place,” Hence, Ro. 6:7-12. 

A digression
A favorite teaching from the Bible, I have believed for many years, is found in 2 Cor. 5:1-5. See if you agree with me. If you do, it should be a liberating secret. (See also RCS). Several words from the original Greek are of interest. Notice that our present bodies are likened to a temporary tent and our resurrection bodies are instead solid and permanent. Note the verb tense is present tense, “now.” Our present bodies (limited to only four dimensions) are dying but the dearly departed leaving earth-time experiences immortality immediately. That is, he or she time travels in an instant to join all other believers from the departure in this life into the presence of God, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye...” as described in 1st Thess. 4:13-18. Not all men enjoy a personal relationship with the risen Lord Jesus. Though loved by God, some reject Jesus to their dying day. When they die they cannot join the redeemed in heaven. They will be granted their foolish heart's desires and be excluded forever from the presence of God.

Interlinear Bible            Our Eternal Dwelling               [2 Cor 5:1-9]                    (Long Passage...)
1 1492 [e] 1063 [e] 3754 [e] 1437 [e] 3588 [e] 1919 [e] 1473 [e] 3614 [e] 3588 [e]
1 oidamen gar hoti ean epigeios hēmōn oikia tou
1 οἴδαμεν γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν ἐπίγειος ἡμῶν οἰκία τοῦ
1 we know indeed that if earthly of our house the
1 V-RIA-1P Conj Conj Conj Art-NFS Adj-NFS PPro-G1P N-NFS Art-GNS
4636 [e] 2647 [e] 3619 [e] 1537 [e] 2316 [e] 2192 [e] 3614 [e] 886 [e]
skēnous katalythē oikodomēn ek Theou echomen oikian acheiropoiēton
σκήνους καταλυθῇ , οἰκοδομὴν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἔχομεν , οἰκίαν ἀχειροποίητον ,
tent should be destroyed a building from God we have a house not made with hands
166 [e] 1722 [e] 3588 [e] 3772 [e] 2 2532 [e] 1063 [e] 1722 [e] 3778 [e] 4727 [e]
aiōnion en tois ouranois 2 kai gar en toutō stenazomen
αἰώνιον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς . 2 καὶ γὰρ , ἐν τούτῳ στενάζομεν ,
eternal in the heavens 2 and indeed in this we groan
Adj-AFS Prep Art-DMP N-DMP 2 Conj Conj Prep DPro-DNS V-PIA-1P
3588 [e] 3613 [e] 1473 [e] 3588 [e] 1537 [e] 3772 [e] 1902 [e] 1971 [e]
to oikētērion hēmōn to ex ouranou ependysasthai epipothountes
τὸ οἰκητήριον ἡμῶν , τὸ ἐξ οὐρανοῦ ἐπενδύσασθαι ἐπιποθοῦντες
the dwelling of us which [is] from heaven to be clothed with longing
3 1487 [e] 1065 [e] 2532 [e] 1746 [e] 3756 [e] 1131 [e] 2147 [e] 4 2532 [e]
3 ei ge kai endysamenoi ou gymnoi heurethēsometha 4 kai
3 εἴ γε καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι , οὐ γυμνοὶ εὑρεθησόμεθα . 4 καὶ
3 if indeed also having been clothed not naked we will be found 4 and
3 Conj Prtcl Conj V-APM-NMP Adv Adj-NMP V-FIP-1P 4 Conj
1063 [e] 3588 [e] 1510 [e] 1722 [e] 3588 [e] 4636 [e] 4727 [e] 916 [e]
gar hoi ontes en skēnei stenazomen baroumenoi
γὰρ , οἱ ὄντες ἐν τῷ σκήνει , στενάζομεν , βαρούμενοι ;
indeed being in the tent we groan being burdened
1909 [e] 3739 [e] 3756 [e] 2309 [e] 1562 [e] 235 [e] 1902 [e] 2443 [e]
eph’ ou thelomen ekdysasthai all’ ependysasthai hina
ἐφ’ οὐ θέλομεν ἐκδύσασθαι , ἀλλ’ ἐπενδύσασθαι , ἵνα
because that not we do wish to be unclothed but to be clothed that
Prep RelPro-DNS Adv V-PIA-1P V-ANM Conj V-ANM Conj
2666 [e] 3588 [e] 2349 [e] 5259 [e] 3588 [e] 2222 [e] 5 3588 [e] 1161 [e]
katapothē to thnēton hypo tēs zōēs 5 ho de
καταποθῇ τὸ θνητὸν ὑπὸ τῆς ζωῆς . 5 ὁ δὲ
might be swallowed up the mortal by life 5 the [One] moreover
V-ASP-3S Art-NNS Adj-NNS Prep Art-GFS N-GFS 5 Art-NMS Conj
2716 [e] 1473 [e] 1519 [e] 846 [e] 3778 [e] 2316 [e] 3588 [e] 1325 [e] 1473 [e]
katergasamenos hēmas eis auto touto Theos ho dous hēmin
κατεργασάμενος ἡμᾶς εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο , Θεός , δοὺς ἡμῖν
having prepared us for this very this [purpose] [is] God having given to us
3588 [e] 728 [e] 3588 [e] 4151 [e] 6 2292 [e] 3767 [e] 3842 [e] 2532 [e]
ton arrabōna tou Pneumatos 6 Tharrountes oun pantote kai
τὸν ἀρραβῶνα τοῦ Πνεύματος 6 Θαρροῦντες οὖν πάντοτε , καὶ
the pledge of the Spirit 6 Being confident therefore always and
Art-AMS N-AMS Art-GNS N-GNS 6 V-PPA-NMP Conj Adv Conj
1492 [e] 3754 [e] 1736 [e] 1722 [e] 3588 [e] 4983 [e] 1553 [e] 575 [e]
eidotes hoti endēmountes en sōmati ekdēmoumen apo
εἰδότες ὅτι , ἐνδημοῦντες ἐν τῷ σώματι , ἐκδημοῦμεν ἀπὸ
knowing that being at home in the body we are absent from
3588 [e] 2962 [e] 7 1223 [e] 4102 [e] 1063 [e] 4043 [e] 3756 [e] 1223 [e]
tou Kyriou 7 dia pisteōs gar peripatoumen ou dia
τοῦ Κυρίου --  7 διὰ πίστεως γὰρ περιπατοῦμεν , οὐ διὰ
the Lord 7 by faith indeed we walk not by
Art-GMS N-GMS 7 Prep N-GFS Conj V-PIA-1P Adv Prep
1491 [e] 8 2292 [e] 1161 [e] 2532 [e] 2106 [e] 3123 [e] 1553 [e] 1537 [e]
eidous 8 tharroumen de kai eudokoumen mallon ekdēmēsai ek
εἴδους . 8 θαρροῦμεν δὲ , καὶ εὐδοκοῦμεν , μᾶλλον ἐκδημῆσαι ἐκ
sight 8 we are confident moreover and are pleased rather to be absent out of
N-GNS 8 V-PIA-1P Conj Conj V-PIA-1P Adv V-ANA Prep
3588 [e] 4983 [e] 2532 [e] 1736 [e] 4314 [e] 3588 [e] 2962 [e] 9 1352 [e]
tou sōmatos kai endēmēsai pros ton Kyrion 9 dio
τοῦ σώματος , καὶ ἐνδημῆσαι πρὸς τὸν Κύριον . 9 διὸ
the body and to be at home with the Lord 9 Therefore
Art-GNS N-GNS Conj V-ANA Prep Art-AMS N-AMS 9 Conj
2532 [e] 5389 [e] 1535 [e] 1736 [e] 1535 [e] 1553 [e] 2101 [e] 846 [e]
kai philotimoumetha eite endēmountes eite ekdēmountes euarestoi autō
καὶ φιλοτιμούμεθα , εἴτε ἐνδημοῦντες εἴτε ἐκδημοῦντες , εὐάρεστοι αὐτῷ
also we are ambitious whether being at home or being away well-pleasing to him
1510 [e]
εἶναι .
to be
Interlinear Bible © 2011 - 2013 by in cooperation with Helps Ministries

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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End of digression 

The Soul in Larkin’s diagram interfaces with the body and the external world on the one hand and the Spirit on the inside. The boundary between Soul and Spirit is generally thought as somewhat diffuse. The Soul is usually modeled as “Mind, Emotions, and Will.”  The Spirit of a person is thought to dwell in the “Heart” and “Mind” but these entities cannot be localized in our physical brain or our heart muscle. The role of our emotions, our self-image, our personal history our genetic and cultural valises, and such, are probably recorded in data files resident in the body and the soul. From the Bible we can be assured that God has a long memory and does not forget anything we say or do. This, “How shall we escape if we neglect such great salvation...” (Heb. 2:3) He does promise us, “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Heb. 8:12)

“Soulish” or “Carnal” Christians (old terminology) are said to have excluded Jesus Christ from the control room of the Spirit, allowing Him to influence them only from the Soul. Many professing Christians have not yet surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. This step makes all the difference in the world! If Jesus is not my Lord then my final authority is some other god, not Jesus. In terms of man as tripartite, my spirit attempts to live my life from the soul rather than from the innermost chamber, the Holy of holies of my body. My surrender to the Lordship of Christ, allows God the Holy Spirit to rule over all areas of my life. God has my permission to sanctify me. This is step two in His work of making me holy (whole).
The three stages of Christian life are often categorized as Justification, Sanctification and Glorification. (See Ro. 8:30) Those persons who do not yet know Jesus in a personal way are described as “dead in trespasses and sins.” But giving Jesus permission to take residence in our Spirit changes everything! “...and you God made alive when you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan], the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among whom we all once lived...” (Eph. 2:1-10) The benefit of the tripartite model of Man (in my opinion) is that I can check the state of the Most Holy Place where my spirit lives in union with the Spirit of the Living God. (1 Cor. 6:17) 

One final word, the Bible speaks of “man” in the generic sense. Most of the time this term applies to both men and women. Ray Stedman taught that men and women were identical in spirit but different in soul and body. God addresses all of us as living spirits. His speaks to Spirit to spirit.
Ray Stedman, “Authentic Christianity.”    
 Ray Stedman, “Reason to Rejoice” (Romans)
Lambert MP3, Stonecroft Ministries - 1962

Very Great News! Lambert continues to improve physically, emotionally, and spiritually after coming home from the hospital in mid-August. He is very grateful for the prayers of his many friends. In fact, he had said he would surely have died last June, had it not been for the prayers of his many wonderful friends.

Lambert has been contacted by very many of you and appreciates hearing from everyone very much! If you haven't reached out to him yet please write to him this month a He also says for me to tell you that his income has been 1/4 to 1/3 normal and he is still paying hospital bills and catching up.  

"I am way short on income at this time. I am very grateful for support funds in any amount. Your cash contributions may be sent to me through my PayPal Account However, I am not able to provide a tax-deductible receipt if using PayPal. For a tax deductible receipt, donations must be made by check."

Mail a check, payable to Blue Letter Bible, to:

Blue Letter Bible
Attn: Lambert Dolphin Ministries 
29 Rancho Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92630-8324

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