Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Mind
Genesis 2:7 ( NIV ) The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
What really makes us …us. I’ve had some extra time this week so this may be too much Philosophy for you. Beginning to think about ourselves deeply can sometimes be more than we bargain for. I have some ideas for you to consider. One of the great divides between Science and Faith is the definition of who we are. The scientist asserts that we are simply a vast array of chemical reactions and electrical impulses. The person is a product of environment and circumstances. A Faith based world view contends we are more than a bag of chemical and electrical impulses, that environment and circumstances can impact a person, but, in essence we are a living soul.
Leaning more to the Faith side of course, I contend Adam was created in God’s image. We are his offspring. We are a tribune individual, knit in our Mother’s womb with plan and purpose, fearfully and wonderfully made. Just as God is a triune being as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we too are soul, body and spirit. But what are these parts, and what part do they play in making us who we are? It is interesting to look at the Bible and read the different words that refer to us. Flesh is an interesting word to think of in this case. God opened Adam's flesh to remove the bone from which Eve was made. Micah speaks of the flesh being stripped away. In Old Testament terms the flesh is equal to the body. This is earthly house or tabernacle in which we dwell. In the New Testament it is referred to as both the body and the root of our sinful nature, as in the spirit warring against the flesh. The body is the disposable part of us. Paul said WE (the me) could be absent from the body.
The soul brings us into another realm. It is said that God breathed life into Adam and he became a living soul. The soul in the OT book Leviticus is determined to be the root of sin. It continually refers to the soul committing a trespass, or the soul being cut off from the nation. It was more significant than the body being physically removed out of the camp. It meant you were emotionally removed. In the Psalms, the soul is referred to as being redeemed. Paul used the soul as the center of who we are emotionally. The real me is not a body, not a bundle of flesh, bones and organs that comprise the house in which we dwell. That is who God has made as the real us. No matter how good or bad the body looks or feels, God looks at the soul. He sees the real us naked and helpless before Him. You can’t pick up a book with your soul. I wonder if we spend as much time on our soul as we do on the body, how much better off would we be? The soul is what makes me, me.
So where does that leave the spirit? It certainly isn’t the body, and it isn’t the soul, the root of sin. This is where it gets interesting. Is it possible we are born with a dead spirit? The body isn’t dead. The soul is alive as Adam became a living soul as soon as God breathed life into him. But in Ephesians 2 we are referred to as “dead in sin” and God makes us “alive through His Son.” Our spirit comes alive as if it was a phone that was off and then when turned on, receives a signal and we begin to communicate with someone on the other end of the line. When our spirit is made alive, we can begin to communicate with God through the work of His Spirit. He is our interpreter, our guide to lead us to the truth. The Spirit even intercedes for with words we can’t understand.
These are a few thoughts that hopefully, will help you understand your Bible better and how God relates to us.
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