Body, Soul, and Spirit
May 17, 2020
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Passage: Genesis 2:7
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In Genesis 2:7 we read...

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. — Genesis 2:7

There are a lot of questions we have about the body, soul, and spirit. And, if we have a soul what is it? Do animals have a soul? Or, are they only physical?

What part does the soul play in the Biblical statement, that men and women are made in the image of God?

  • Genesis 1:27
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The Body

“The body is an organized system, formed by the creative energy of God out of the dust of the earth; composed of bones, muscles, and nerves; of arteries, veins, and a variety of other vessels, in which the blood and other fluids circulate.” — Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary

  • Ecclesiastes 12:7

The Soul

“The soul is the seat of the different affections and passions, such as love, hatred  anger, etc., with sensations, appetites, and propensities of different kinds.” — Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary

  • Ezekiel 18:20
  • 1 Peter 3:20
  • Exodus 1:5
  • Genesis 1:30; ASV Footnote: Heb. -“a living soul”
  • Matthew 2:20
  • Genesis 27:25
  • Job 30:16
  • Matthew 10:28

The Spirit

“As with soul, the word “spirit” may take on different senses, depending upon its contextual setting. Spirit can refer to the air we breathe or wind. A spirit can refer to a non-physical being. A spirit can refer to a person. Spirit can be used as a synonym for the soul. A spirit can refer to a mental state or disposition.” — Wayne Jackson, The Christian Courier

  • 1 Kings 10:4-5
  • Ecclesiastes 1:14
  • John 4:24
  • Luke 24:39
  • Hebrews 1:14
  • 1 John 4:1
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • Proverbs 20:27
  • Daniel 7:15
  • 1 Corinthians 2:11
  • 1 Corinthians 5:5
  • 1 Corinthians 16:18
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • 1 Peter 3:4
  • Galatians 6:1

What Does It Mean for Our Lives?

Man has a body of flesh, His spirit is the inner man, the union of spirit and body makes man a living soul. He is created int he image of God. He has a personality that has the power of self-determination. He is a moral being that came from the dust of the earth.

  • Zechariah 12:1

The Lord, formened the body o fman from the dust, and breathed hitno his body, spirit. ANd, man became an animated body. When he dies

  • Ecclesiastes 12:7
  • Jeremiah 1:5

Conception of the soul and the body is when the soul is attached to the body. The separation of the soul and the body is when death occurs. 

A person’s body is a machine made of chemicals. Thus, when the soul leaves the body, the body can be kept alive without the soul. But, one is “brain dead” their animated soul is not there.

  • James 2:26

Man’s soul is the life, the breath, and the personality of who we are. The soul is how we relate to others. The spirit of man is the immortal spirit. It is the part of us that lives on from this life on this earth.

  • John 3:5-6

A great cause for rejoicing is that there is something in man that God loves and years to return to him. He desires it to be washed, cleansed and regenerated to return to Him.

There are many questions in this life we may never know the answers to. Because we have a spirit that lives beyond this life on the earth, we must prepare so we can spend time in heaven in eternity.

  • Matthew 16:26

The soul is our most valuable possession. It is worth more than the whole world. 

We say, if it will save but one life, i’ll …. 

Jesus died for all the world. God was willing, even in just one soul was saved in all the history of mankind, God would say it was worth it for just one person. 

But, everyone has the opportunity to be saved. John 3:26, He loved the whole world so much he gave his son to die for us. What great love God has bestowed upon us. 

What is your soul worth? How do you value it? Where will you spend eternity?

God’s word makes it clear that those not in Christ Jesus, who have not had their sins washed away, will go on in eternity separated from God for all eternity in the place that burns with fire and brimstone. 

You must, first, believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for your sins. And, that he rose to life again, and through obedience to Him, through repentance, and baptism, confessing His name you can be saved from your sins. 

If we can help you in any way, please contact us.

Jack McNiel, Evangelist
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