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DYING AND DEATHMAN’S NATURE

“it is appointed unto men once to die…” Heb 9:27

 

Having examined the events that took place in the Garden that brought about the fall of man and his death, we can now look deeper into what it meant for man to die, and also the process by which God brings man back from the dead. To do this we must now look at its two aspects—dying and the state of being dead, on the physical, psychological, and spiritual plane. For example, there is the process or means of dying, and for the body it may come in various ways—through accident, by one being murdered or committing suicide, by succumbing to some dreaded disease, or finally, if we are fortunate enough, by just plain old age. The amount of time that this stage takes may range from a few seconds to the lifelong process of growing old. The state of being dead is the second aspect whereby the spirit, which is the life force, and the soul, which is the essence of the person, leaves the body and all the functions of the body have ceased. The body then begins to decay and eventually will return to the dust from which it was formed. For the body, the result is final and irreversible, except for a miraculous intervention, as in the case of Lazarus. This is to be qualified by saying that all our bodies will await the resurrection of the dead at the end time. For those who are in Christ, it will happen when He comes for His own. For the unredeemed it will take place at the end of time; and at that point the sinner will stand before God in the completeness of his body, soul, and spirit at the Great White Throne of Judgment.

Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Gen 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.

1 Kin 17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah;
and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

John 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth
, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 The 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

In looking at dying and death in the non-physical plane, it involves both the soul and the spirit; and it also has a different result for the believer, those who have trusted Christ, and the unbeliever. The problem we face however, is that most people, including many Christians, have never been taught to differentiate between the “soul and spirit, and…the joints and marrow” of man’s being. Therefore, before we can gain a complete understanding of our discussion of dying and death, we must grasp, first of all, the nature of man’s being. Unless we comprehend how humans were designed and how they function, any further discussion of death would be difficult indeed.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

We know from Scripture that man was created in the image of God, and that God is a triune being. The three manifestations or persons of the Trinity are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal to one another in every way, and are perfectly joined together in will and purpose in what we call the Godhead. Many times they are manifested in their own particular facet, and seem at times to be separate beings; but in truth, they are always united and joined together. The fact of the matter is, that it is impossible to separate them or they would be different Gods; and they would be incomplete or imperfect Gods without each other. We might also venture to say that they would be subject to death, being imperfect or incomplete if separated, like man’s body when it is separated from his spirit. They are like a three-sided pyramid, which, when viewed from the top, we see clearly that it is one structure with three separate but equal sides. When, however, we look at the pyramid from a side or ground level view, we may see one or even two of the faces, depending on our angle of perception. If we were to look at a pyramid from the bottom we would only see a triangular figure with all of the sides not readily apparent—which is how God is most often viewed in the Scripture. (See the following schematic.) When Jesus walked the earth, we saw the Son, but the Father was with Christ and in Christ, and the Spirit was with Him from His mother’s womb and filled Him at His baptism. Jesus is the physical manifestation of the invisible God, but He was not alone, for the Father and the Spirit were with Him always. In Jesus we saw the Fathers love, will, and work being accomplished, and the Spirits power to carry out that work. Jesus would have been soul-less and powerless without the Father and the Spirit being adjoined with Him. In the creation of the world the Father spoke “The Word” and the Spirit empowered “The Word” to bring Creation into being. The work of creation could not have happened if the Godhead was separated or one Person of the Trinity acted independently of the other two.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2 Cor 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

In the last hours that Jesus would spend teaching His disciples, we have perhaps the most enlightening Scriptures concerning the Deity of Christ, the Trinity of God, and the inter-workings of the Trinity. When speaking to Philip, who had asked Jesus to “shew us the Father,” Jesus replied, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus also made these revelations about Himself—“that I am in the Father, and the Father in me”; speaking of all the miracles that the disciples had seen Jesus do, He said, it is “the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” When speaking to them about His leaving, He saw that they were distressed about being left alone without His presence—for He had been their comforter while in this world. However, He assures them that He “will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth”;—speaking of the Holy Spirit that would soon indwell them. Then to assure them that the Holy Spirit was the same Presence or Being as Himself, He said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Meaning—‘That as you have known what the Father was like through Me, so you shall continue to sense My presence and know Me through the Holy Spirit, for We are one and the same God.’

John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

We offer the following schematic of a three-sided pyramid only to visualize what we alluded to earlier of how we might view God in the Scripture. This by no means suggests that God is of such form literally, but we must try to spiritualize what is being put forth here. We do not offer any side views, as the reader may certainly imagine how the figure may be seen in those perspectives.

A pyramid as seen from the top.

A pyramid as seen from the bottom.

Understanding therefore, something of the being of God, we know that man’s being was created in the image of God, and was made a triune being also. First of all, we have a body, which is our physical manifestation. It is how we live and communicate with the physical world, and through which the world communicates and effects us. God has equipped us with a marvelous living machine that carries us about, does our work, sees, hears, smells, tastes, feels, talks, takes in food and processes it to give us fuel to live on. One could devote an entire library of books on the wonders of our body and still not begin to reveal the marvels of it. Then, dwelling inside our bodies we have a soul, which is the eternal essence of our being; it is our mind or thoughts—though not the physical brain or grey matter, for that is of the body. The soul is also where our emotions come from and our will emanates. It is the source by which we know our self; it is what makes us individuals. Lastly, we have a spirit, which is our life energy and spiritual connection to God and higher concepts; it is our God consciousness. Our spirit also conveys to other spirits what and who we really are—be they other men, angels, or God Himself. It is our attitude and our motivator. It is how we assimilate the unseen world, spiritual concepts and ideas—principles that do not come to us from the natural world.

So each of these three aspects of man’s being are directly related to the Trinity of God. Like the Father, who is the soul of God—the mind, emotions, and will of the Godhead—so is our soul. Like the Son, who is the express image or manifestation of the invisible God, who also we saw in the literal body of the Lord Jesus Christ—so is our body.  Just as other people know us through our body, so know we the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Our body is also like “the Word” in that it is used to create and work. The Father could not have made the Creation without His Word—the Son; and it was through the Son that His work was accomplished here on earth. We also cannot function or do work in this natural world without our bodies. Then, like the Holy Spirit, who is the power or life force of the Godhead, so is our spirit. Just as the Spirit of God moved upon the waters to bring into being the Father’s will through the Word, so our spirit is the strength of our being that brings about our will through our bodies; and without which we would be dead or lifeless.

God’s trinity:

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Prov 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And
he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

The Father:

Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

The Son:

Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

The Holy Spirit:

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Rom 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Man, our tri-unity:

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, (the body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; (the pneuma or spirit), and man became a living soul. (an ever living soul).

1 The 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, (spirit), and with all thy soul, (mind, emotions, and will) and with all thy might. (bodily strength).

Psa 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Man’s soul:

1 Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit

Gen 42:21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us

Deut 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Psa 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Mt 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Man’s body:

Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

1 Cor 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 The 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

Man’s spirit:

Zech 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Rom1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Rom 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

1 Cor 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh,
that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Prov 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

* * * * *

I offer the following section for those who may be misinformed about the distinction between God’s Spirit and the spirit of man. There is a common misconception that man’s spirit is actually the Holy Spirit that God breathed into Adam; and that when Adam sinned, the Holy Spirit left him, leaving man spiritually dead. It is also taught, that when man is born again, the Holy Spirit again returns to His proper place, giving man a renewed life. This view, however, is not supported by the Scripture, and is even refuted by certain verses. Paul, in his writings, makes a definite distinction between the spirit of man and the Holy Spirit of God.

1 Cor 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Also, if it was the Holy Spirit that left man, leaving him without any spirit, man’s body would have died instantaneously—as per Scripture. Man did die spiritually the day he ate of the forbidden fruit, but certainly he did not die physically—which we will study in depth in a later chapter.

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Psa 104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. [1]
30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

And what need would the Lord have of man’s spirit to search out his inner thoughts, as it is written in Scripture, if that spirit were already God’s Spirit? Also, for the spirit to be the candle of the Lord, it must still be in man and not departed—if God’s Spirit left man after the fall. It is true that the Holy Spirit came upon, and departed from certain men and women under the Old Testament for power and service; and that He now indwells God’s children in Christ under the New; but that was, and is in addition to, their own spirit, and not in place of it.

Prov 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

1 Cor 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.


 

[1] Hebrew, Greek, and Latin have each a single word which carries the meaning of the three English words "breath", "wind" and "spirit." http://www.arimathea.co.uk/pneuma.htm

 

 

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