Your Spirit

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Can you define what your spirit is?

The easy explanation is that your spirit is the essence of who you are as a person. The word spirit is used over 750 times in the Bible with about a third of that actually referencing to the Holy Spirit, which is different than your spirit. That’s a discussion of another article.

Your spirit is the essence of who you are and is different than when we might say there was a spirit of anger in the room or spirit of joy, a quiet spirit or a spirit of timidity, etc. Sometimes we refer to an overall, collective essence of spirits of many or even a sixth sense if you will.

We all put off energy and if we are intuitive, we can sometimes “feel” that energy. This may be referred to as a generalized feeling or spirit. (Dogs generally are very good at picking up on this energy). We can though have a part of this “spirit of anger or joy, ecetera,” as part of our individualized spirit based on who we are as a person, our approach to life and thought process on a daily basis.

Your spirit, as many reputable Bible scholars describe, is basically the essence of who you are, like I mentioned previously. It can be likened to a reflection of one’s body and soul. It is the innermost you. It is the deepest part of you. Your spirit is eternal, it doesn’t die.

The Bible tells us that when our body dies, our spirit will return to God who gave it. When Jesus himself died on the cross He said in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46).

Your soul or mind can reason and make decisions, but it is your spirit that really shapes those responses and emotions. It is your spirit that really directs your life response to the physical stimuli taken in by your body senses and thoughts that come into your soul or mind, because it is the innermost you, the essence of who you are.

The soul and spirit are tightly connected, but are different. The soul and spirit are tightly woven together as Hebrews 4:12 makes clear… “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV).

1 Corinthians 15:35-54 clearly states that if there is a natural or physical body, whether human or animal, there is also a spiritual body. And it will be raised.

The body was made for life on earth, to contain our spiritual self while here. Here is a block of scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:35-54. It may help to explain the body, soul and spirit connection…

[But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and stars differ from star in splendor.

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body].

The Bible tells us point blank that if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body and it will be raised. That’s your spirit, a reflection of your body and soul.


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