Your Body

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Just What Is Your Body

Your body, put simply is what you live in. It holds the essence of what we are. I guess you could say, a container of sorts. It has all the parts needed to produce life, but whether alive or not, a body is still just a body. Think about it, a corpse is still a body with all the same parts as someone who is alive, yet the person is missing something that actually gives him or her life. You can lose parts of your body, but “you” are still alive. You are the same person, for example, whether you have legs or don’t have legs or whether you are missing a finger or maybe an appendix. Irregardless of body size or shape, the body is still simply the container or tent that houses your spirit, that immaterial part of you that is the “real you,” that which makes you a living soul.


That being said though, your body is a very important part of the total package that God created. And God’s word does tell us that our bodies are very important, even calling it the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that the body, mind and spirit are tightly woven.


Your body houses your soul and spirit while on earth. Your body is a physical, tangible container for “you.” Your spirit is the intangible “you” or “spiritual self.” When your body dies on earth, your spiritual you, which is the reflection of your body and soul, is released to go back to God. Where you go from there is a whole different topic and depends on the choice you made on earth of whether you accepted the gift of salvation from what Jesus did for you on the cross or not.


Your body or container will wear out or if it gets injured or ill, will weaken and eventually stop working. Think of a car. It is a container of parts like a human body. You fill it with fuel and it provides the energy to move it from here to there, but as your car ages, the parts eventually wear out. This may happen even quicker if it was in an accident or not maintained well. Your body, similarly, ages or wears out and eventually dies, but the essence of who you are or your spiritual self does not die, but moves on to be with the Lord for those who have accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus.


At the resurrection, your body will raise and be perfected. What about those who die before the resurrection? Remember, our soul reflects our body we are told. The Bible does tell us that we are recognizable in the present heaven, so it stands to reason that we will have some type of temporary bodily form while we wait for the resurrection. As people though, your body is part of the total package of who you are, so take care of your body while on earth as it is part of the uniqueness that is you and is the temple of the Holy Spirit.


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