CHAPTER 8 – The Human Body, Soul, and Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). AMP

We absolutely know that God the Holy Spirit put together the innards of our physical body at our conception and also the spirit that God the Holy Spirit forms in us at that time helps us to become a complete living person with a physical body, a soul/ personality, and spirit.
Psalms 139:13-15 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. 15 My {skeletal} frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery] {because I was formed from the dust of the earth. AMP
Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being{/person/soul depending on the translation}. [1 Cor 15:45-49.] AMP

The human soul/self/personality is made by God. While the naturally conceived human is created by God, I have trouble with my soul being anything more than who I am – myself/my personality/me. . For whatever reasons, the Bible translators do not give a clear definition for soul as seen by the following verse as found in different translations.
Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, “As the Lord lives, who made our very souls, I will not put you to death, nor will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.” NKJV
Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, As the Lord lives, Who made our lives, I will not put you to death or give you into the hands of these men who seek your life. AMP

Let me share an example of what I believe is your soul. You are sitting a half block from a street corner and a person starts walking across the street at the corner and by his bodily appearance, it appears to be Joe but because of the distance, I cannot be sure. Joe is walking with another person and is talking and gesturing to that person. As he talks and gestures to that person, I can clearly discern by his actions that it is my friend Joe.

The human soul and spirit are TWO separate entities:
Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and
purposes of the heart. AMP

The human spirit which resides in a person for their life span does NOT belong to that person! It was formed by God at the person’s conception and it returns to God upon their death as His possession. One’s spirit is a monumental occurrence i.e. on the level of creation itself. Upon an individual’s death, their spirit returns to God:
Zechariah 12:1 THE BURDEN or oracle (the thing to be lifted up) of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus says the Lord, Who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him: AMP
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust [out of which God made man’s body] return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it. AMP

What is the purpose of a person’s spirit? I believe the purposes of the human spirit are twofold. I believe the human spirit is used by God to be able to communicate with Him:
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. 11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God. 13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].
14 But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated {They do NOT have any intellectual clue as to God, His spirituality and His Kingdom!}.
15 But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].
16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. [Isa 40:13.] AMP

And one’s spirit is an eternal record of the individual’s total and complete life from conception to death used by God for that person’s complete history and judgement.
John 3:18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation — he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.] AMP

Let’s review. I know there are MANY different thoughts and opinions about the human body, soul, and spirit, but I will and give my simple definitions for body, soul, and spirit. The human body is the material part of our being and is made up of our visible and invisible physical parts. ALL normal humans have bodies that have the SAME physical characteristics – skin, color of one’s skin, bones, head with brain, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, our internal organs, private parts, arms, hands, feet, legs, etc.
Psalms 139:13-15 {King David speaking to God – Your Holy Spirit….} did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. AMP

There is considerable debate about a person’s soul and spirit. Simply put, I believe one’s body and soul are separate but function as one entity. I believe a person’s soul is each individual’s personality which includes their intellect and the intent of their spiritual heart – it is what makes each one of us individually different one from another. Many Christians believe one’s soul is immortal/lives forever. I do NOT believe this!
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine; the soul that sins, it shall die {but one’s spirit does NOT die and returns to God thus making soul and spirit different and separate!}. [Rom 6:23.] AMP
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only. AMP
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, NIV
Romans 6:23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord. AMP

I believe it all depends on what the human soul actually is and what the resurrected body is like – does it have a soul? I believe it is radically different! While we might look similar to what we were before our death, we will have a spiritual supernatural “glorified body” capable of doing things that we never even thought of.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). [Dan 12:3.] 43 It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. 44 It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. AMP

Our resurrected personality will be quite different from who we even was as a “new creation.” The Bible states that the body and the soul do go together, but it is God Who can separate and destroy BOTH body and soul.
Matthew 10:28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him {God} who can destroy both soul {personality} and {physical} body in hell (Gehenna). AMP

Many Christians believe their soul and their spirit are inseparable or even one and the same. I do NOT believe this!!! At your conception, God the Holy Spirit formed your spirit separate from your body {your body – Psalms 139:13; your spirit – Zechariah 12:1}, and your spirit returns to God upon your/my death. God is the Father and lifelong owner and possessor of each naturally conceived human spirit.
Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life {which is mortal} (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts {intellect} and purposes of the {spiritual} heart {which are part of one’s soul}. AMP
Zechariah 12:1 THE BURDEN or oracle (the thing to be lifted up) of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus says the Lord, Who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him {at his/her conception}: AMP
Ecclesiastes 12:7 {Upon one’s death} Then shall the dust [out of which God made man’s body] return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it {at their conception. The human spirit is for communing with God the Holy Spirit [cf. 1 Corinthians 2:9-16] and to give God a complete record of every nanosecond of one’s life for judgement [cf. John 3:18]}. AMP
Hebrews 12:9 Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of {our} spirits and so [truly] live? AMP

We also have a very damning Scripture that shares with us that IF our body does NOT have a “spirit,” it is dead/lifeless. I believe this does NOT mean it is physically dead, but that it cannot function in God’s spiritual realm!
James 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. NASU

To me, this Scripture can have two meanings. The “spirit” can be equated to the “breath of life” without which one does physically die or is already physically dead.
James 2:26 “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” NLT
Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. [1 Cor 15:45-49.] AMP
Psalms 104:29 When You hide Your face, they are troubled and dismayed; when You take away their breath {and their spirit returns to God}, they die and return to their dust. AMP

At the beginning of this study, I used the Scripture from Isaiah 55:11 where God the Father is speaking, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Educated man has a tendency to elevate himself ABOVE God thus literally putting God in man’s BOX to manipulate Him to fit one’s own thoughts and beliefs even to the point of believing there is NO God. Let’s use the sound mind of Christ to try to give the complete context of James 2:26 its proper meaning.
James 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. NASU

Or as I study the above Scripture, IF the IVF baby is without a human spirit and is spiritually dead/lifeless, that person cannot commune with God the Holy Spirit to come to have spiritual faith in God to do foreordained ministry/works for God also making them spiritually dead/lifeless – separated from God!
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned {able to know the difference} and estimated {able to judge} and appreciated {growing in knowledge}. AMP.

I believe one’s human spirit enables us to communicate with God the Holy Spirit Who initiates our spiritual faith in God. Without a human spirit, we are spiritually dead/lifeless to God and unable to have spiritual faith in Him to be saved.
John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. [Ezek 36:25-27.] 6 What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above). AMP

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