What is the Spirit In man? Life after Death?
Man was made from the dust of the earth. He was given the "breath of life" to be alive and breath. At that time he received the breath of life, he became a living soul. It does not say man is or has immortal soul.
The original word "soul" here is the Hebrew word " Nephesh" or breathing being. thus meaning the "soul" was physical and could die.
(There are three times this same words was used, Nephesh. Gen 1:20 means "moving creature", Gen1:21 talks about whales, and living creatures all Nephesh. Gen. 1:24 "is the same. ) NOT spirits like angels but matter that can die.
But, there is a spirit in man. Spirit is not physical matter but man is matter. This human spirit gave the man the power of intellect. This spirit does not see, hear, taste or smell. The brain does that through the the physical senses. I believe this spirit in man is what makes each one of us uniquely us. A unique individual. This spirit which is not in animals is what gives humans the ability to have a relationship and understand God the Creator. Animals can not have a understanding of God or a relationship with Him.
The Holy bible tells us that the purpose, design and meaning of humanity. It was given to man to instruct and tell us who we are, why we were created and what is the future plan of God for us!
I have found through my studies that the word talks of different kinds of spirit. The spirit in man that I just mentioned above and the HOLY SPIRIT. Man needs this second Spirit to add to the human spirit. He is INCOMPLETE with out it.
The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.
God made us in HIS form,(two eyes,two arms etc) but physical and able to die. Cease to exist. (more on why God did this in a post later)
When and IF man accepts the calling of God his Father and his Lord Jesus Christ, and surrenders his life to God. God then imparts the Holy Spirit to the human spirit to make the person WHOLE and a begotten son of GOD! Not yet a spiritual being but a begotten child of the living God!
The human spirit enters a person upon conception. Setting every human being a potential future child of God. Life is precious and belongs to GOD. No one can take life. Only God has the right to end life. So what is the value of this physical life? This life that in its condition right now is no different then any living thing on earth. We are born and we die. When we die we return to the dust of the earth.
Life after Death:
The human spirit returns to his maker at death. The body rots in the grave and returns to dust. This spirit that is like a DNA marker of who each person is. Their likes, memories and talents. How that person looks This marker is back in God's hands at death until the resurrection. Like a mold. Not seeing or thinking but a mold of who each person is. Remember the valley of bones in the old testament? Talking about a resurrection of Man to life again in the future!
Man has not a immortal soul at birth. Just the potential to be a Spirit Being, a son of God at the resurrection. (BTW There are Three Resurrections spoken of in The bible, that too will be another post)
It is only when we have the Holy Spirit that we can KNOW and Understand God. Without it a person can not and will not understand God. Will not have a relationship with God.
I Corninthians 2:
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
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.
And I might add with out the Holy Spirit man is Against anything pertaining to God. Why? Because the spirits of darkness in this world are against the plan of God. Again, that will be covered in a new post.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?
So we know that only when the Holy Spirit enters a person and unites with the human spirit can they understand the things of the spirit!
Thus, after death we die but our spirit of who we are returns to God who created us. To await the resurrection of life. Some to become spirit beings, sons and daughters of God, when Jesus Christ returns.
I have much more to share with you on life after death. For instance, did you know that if a baby dies with out receiving the Holy Spirit it does NOT mean they are lost forever! Nor the person who never heard of God or had the chance to come to God! God is merciful and has a PLAN for all mankind. The only ones who will die forever, the ever lasting death (not burning in fire in torment forever) will be those who willingly and on purpose CHOOSE not to follow God their Creator. We shall all have a choice at some point in our lives. We can choose! God says, Choose LIFE!