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HUMAN SPIRIT
ONE CHAPTER
from the
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God, Us, and Satan
by
Virginia Franklin

WHAT IS THE HUMAN SPIRIT/SOUL?

Below is one chapter from my new book called 'GOD, US, and SATAN' which is over 200 pages long and will be officially published this year, 2020.

'GOD, US, and SATAN' is the culmination of intense study, digging into ancient and modern Hebrew, ancient and modern Greek, Aramaic, the Dead Sea Scrolls, other various discoveries, history, and translational differences/opinions between Hebrew, Greek. and English.  This book has taken a total of 7 years.

 

There is a huge amount of misinformation, confusion, and opinion, about who and what the 'human spirit' is (also known as 'spirit' or 'soul'). 

 

In my book 'GOD, US, and SATAN' and below, I use the term 'human spirit' instead of 'spirit' as do many others.  I also explain the subtle difference between the 'human spirit' and the 'soul'.

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When writing this book, I have been deliberately ignoring other's opinions, biases, and rumor.  I have had to dig deep into ancient and modern languages to establish and verify what God meant when He said it.   This book is what I unearthed.  Initially, I did this for myself in order to understand God and His book the Bible.  At a certain point of understanding and relief, I thought I would share it with you so that you could see for yourselves the truth as I found it.

Dear reader I want you to discover, along with me, God's Word in its raw form, without schools of thought, partiality or prejudice draped over His word.  One chapter 'The Human Spirit' I give you below.  The other chapters of GOD, US, and SATAN can be seen here.

 

Enjoy!

Let us first of all look at the definition of Spirit.

DEFINITIONS OF SPIRIT:

  • Google Dictionary: spirit; the nonphysical part of a person;    "we seek a  harmony between body and spirit".

  • Oxford Dictionary: spirit; The nonphysical part of a person regarded as their true self and as capable of  surviving physical death or separation

SUMMARY:  We can know from these definitions, that there is something called “spirit” which is not the body + brain because it is non-physical, and is also “capable of surviving physical death”.  Sometimes the word "soul" is used instead of the word "spirit".  I will show you below the difference between them both. See  the section DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND HUMAN SOUL' below'.

NOTE: I refer to the 'spirit'  (lower case) as the 'human spirit', as do others, because it is easier to distinquish from Spirit (capitalized) which is God's Holy Spirit 

HOW DID THE

HUMAN SPIRIT

COME ABOUT?

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

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MAKING OF THE MALE AND FEMALE SPIRITS:

Read the two verses below and we can tell that there are only two entities (beings) around at the beginning when God said "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness".

NOTE: below I have been deliberately repetitious because this part of the Bible has been interpreted in various ways.

Geneses 1:26; Then God said,“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Proverbs 8:22-23; The Lord brought me forth as the first of His works, before his deeds of old;  23 I was formed long ages ago,

at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

Geneses 1:27; So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:28; God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:29; Then God said, “I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

Genesis 1:30; And to every beast of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground, where there is life,  I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.

 COMMENTARIES

At a certain point during God's creations, God is saying “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness so that they may rule over....”  "Let us" ? Who is He talking to?  (see below)

If we look at Proverbs 8:22-23 we can see that Jesus said: "The Lord brought me forth as the first of His works,". 

Since Jesus was "the first of His works", "Let us"  must be God and Jesus.  God is talking to Jesus when He says "Let us".

God and Jesus, both of whom do not exist in a human fleshly body,  are creating a “male and female” in Their image. Since God and Jesus were both Spirits, the “male and female” creations would have to be spiritual. ("in our image").

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

God created 2 spiritual beings (not yet in human bodies)

He commands them to "fill the earth and subdue it."  "To rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

God is telling the 2 spirits He created about food when they have earthly bodies, "I have given you every seed-bearing plant" "and every tree that has fruit with a seed in it."  He says "I have given you every seed-bearing plant" and "tree that has fruit with seed in it".  He then says "they will be yours for food"

NOTE:  In the direct Hebrew/Englsih  translation you will see the word 'will' is 'shall' which is still future tense.

In Genesis 1:30 God tells them that  for all the animals /birds/creatures He has "given every green plant for food"

NOTE: Genesis was written in Hebrew.  If you want to study the direct translation, from Hebrew into English, then I recommend you go to https://www.scripture4all.org/  Since there are so many translations of the Bible, it is sometimes a good idea to study the original.

God now rests on the 7th day. 

The next day, He continues His creations on Earth by putting in streams. (Genesis 2:1-6)

Now we are up to Chapter 2, verse #7 where God creates a human body for the male spirit He has created.

NOTE: God creates a body for the female spirit later in Genesis 2:22.

Geneses 2:7; Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

It is specifically stating that "the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground".  

"breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" to make it living.

Now that God had a living body,

He had to get His "image" created in Genesis 1:27; (above) into that body.

This is what God did, and the man became not only living but became a living "being."  

 

NOTE: In this verse, the word "being" and the word "soul" are often used interchangeably depending upon the translation you are reading.   The actual translation from Hebrew is 'soul' because לְ נֶפֶ ש = 'To the soul that'.......  

BREATH OF LIFE: We can see the usage of  "breath of life" used in Noah's time later on in Genesis:

Genesis 7:21; Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.)

With the "breath of life, the man's body began living.

 

But notice it is saying "living soul".

 

The body was living.  But there is more than that.  It also became a living "soul".  That is different from all the other animals

To establish exactly what this means, let's look up the word "soul".  Because the words "soul" and "being" are often used interchangeably depending upon the translation; (see NOTE above) we will also look up the word "being".

DEFINITIONS 'SOUL':

  • Google Dictionary: The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

  • Dictionary.com: the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

  • Merriam-Webster: Soul;  the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe.

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

DEFINITIONS 'BEING':

  • Google Dictionary: 1. existence. The nature or essence of a person. "Sometimes one aspect of our being has been developed at the expense of the others"

  • Dictionary.com: the fact of existing; existence (as opposed to nonexistence). Something that exists: inanimate beings.

  • Merriam-Webster: Something that is conceivable: conscious existence: LIFE the qualities that constitute an existent thing: ESSENCE

We can see from these definitions that the words "soul" or "being" are not considered a body or a brain, or anything physical.

Also, see  'THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 'HUMAN SPIRIT' AND 'SOUL' below.

It is evident God created the physical “living” body of a man from the dust of the earth, by breathing into it the “breath of life. Now all that was left to do, was to infuse that “living” body with His spiritual “image” (which today is called human spirit/soul) created in Genesis 1:27 (above), in order to have a living "soul".  

This would make mankind different and superior to animals and creatures, because he was not only living, but had a 'soul', so he could rule.

Just using pure logic, God would have to give this brand new, untrained,  fleshly body + brain, with no genetic background (like a computer with no programs), something to make it more than an animal, who could  "rule over" the animals and everything listed in Genesis 1:26. 

 

This 'something' would be “His image” which had similar attributes as Himself, to be able to accomplish these tasks. 

Today, this is called the human spirit/souland resides in every human body. See below  Section:'Difference Between The Human Spirit and Human Soul'.

SUMMARY HOW DID THE HUMAN SPIRIT COME ABOUT? 

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

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God created a male and female spirit (in His image).  God is a spirit, therefore any image of Himself would have to be spiritual.  God then created a body from the dust along with Jesus - breathed into it the breath of life to make it living, (as He had done with all the various types of animals, birds and creatures.)  God then infused the now living body with His image  (human spirit) to make an intelligent, sentient, being who could rule over the birds and over all the animals and creatures that moved on the earth.   

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

THE 'HUMAN SPIRIT'

AND 'SOUL'

When the pure human spirit gets put into the fetus of a pregnant woman by God, it becomes impure.
 

The human spirit is bombarded by messages from the body and its brain in response to stimuli in the present.  This operating basis of the body exists to help the body survive this present environment and are genetic recordings of past events.  Babies can inexplicably cry and Confusion of identities often occurs.  See 'BODY' in the book GOD, US, and SATAN.

This is a human spirit given to each of us in the womb by God.

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This is the body with the human spirit in it. 

 

It is now called a SOUL because of its association with the body and its brain

 

This brain/body is a mega recording system and has everything recorded,  from all of its preceding genetic past all the way from Adam and Eve.

SPIRIT AND SOUL

Certain translators of the bible refer to our human spirit as a ‘soul’ and sometimes a ‘spirit’.  

The ‘spirit’ interacting with the body becomes impure with body + brain intentions and emotions and becomes known as a “soul”. 

This is further established by Derek Prince, a famous Pastor, International Bible teacher, theologian, and author of around 30 books. Youtube has some of his sermons.  I have listened to him often.  This definition show this to be true also: -->

Unfortunately, Satanic forces can have an influence too upon the soul.  Jesus and His apostles spent quite a bit of time extracting demons from humans.  Even Mary Magdeline had 7 demons.

Here is the body with both the human spirit and God's Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit by communicating to the human spirit, which helps us to overcome body genetics, numerous brain messages and Satan/demons.  The Holy Spirit is a direct connection to God through Jesus.

DENEFITIONS SOUL AND SPIRIT:
 

  • Researchgate.net:  Soul and Spirit;  While the two words are often used interchangeably,
    the primary distinction between soul and spirit in man is that the soul is the seat of the senses, desires,

 COMMENTARIES

1 Thessalonians 5:23;  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:28; Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

You see the words “spirit” and “soul” and “body” used here; “spirit” and “soul” are distinguished from the “body”. 

It can also be noted, that Apostle Paul knew the differences between the "body" “spirit” and “soul”.

It is made plain that the “soul” (human spirit interacting with the body) is different from the body+brain (flesh).  

It says “be afraid of the One” (capitalized)  meaning God,  “who can destroy both soul and body in hell”. 

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SUMMARY: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND SOUL:  We can know that "spirit" is the 'human spirit' and is given to us by God in the womb, to help us survive and rule over all the earthly animals/birds/creatures listed in Genesis 1:26.  When the 'human spirit' is first given it is untarnished by body genetics and brain messages.  The "soul" is the 'human spirit' interacting with those and collecting a lot of unnecessary emotions along the way.  (Sometimes Satanic forces are involved)

THE HUMAN SPIRIT

ACKNOWLEDGED

The 'human spirit' (also referred to as "spirit" in the verses below) has been realized, accepted, and understood throughout the Old and New Testaments. Here are a few verses:

(NOTE:  When the word "spirit" is lower case, it means the human spirit.  Whenever the word Spirit is capitalized, it is referring to God's Holy Spirit, which comes to those of us who believe and ask Jesus for it. The Holy Spirit is in addition to the human spirit.  We can each - potentially - have both.)

Also, sometimes the translators have used the words 'spirit' and 'soul' interchangeably, but you will know the difference having read 'Difference Between the Human Spirit and Soul' above.

 COMMENTARIES

Acts 7:59; They went on stoning Stephen

as he called on the Lord and said, 

“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”

Here Stephen is asking Jesus to "receive his spirit" (lower case = human spirit,).  In other words, Stephen knows he has a human spirit which is separate from his dying body and that Jesus will receive it.

(Note: It is evident that Stephen is expecting his spirit to be received right away.)

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THE HUMAN SPIRIT  ACKNOWLEDGED

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

James is letting us know that the body without "the spirit" (lower case = human spirit) would be effectively dead.

1 Corinthians 2:11;  For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?

This verse is very specific and says “their own spirit (lower case) within them”.   What else could this be, but the human spirit?

2 Corinthians 5:4; For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.

"In this tent" means 'in' our bodies.   "we groan" because the body burdens us, but we do not want "to be unclothed" (without a body).  We want this mortal body to be "swallowed up" by the life of an immortal one.

2 Corinthians 5:5; Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

God has “prepared us for this very purpose”.  Isn’t that amazing!  God knew all along that our flesh bodies would be swallowed up by a spiritual one (2 Corinthians 5:4 - above), where the fleshly brain or genetics will have no voice.  That He has given us His Holy Spirit “as a pledge”.  I think it is important  for us to remember that the reason there is sin is because of the flesh, so, it stands to reason that the flesh would have no say in the ressurrected body.  (See Galatians 5:19-21 below; Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20. idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21. envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of GodNOTE: the other sinful presence is Satan and his demons.

2 Corinthians 5:6; Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

It says “while we are at home in the body”.  What is at home in the body? It must be the human spirit/soul.

Proverbs 20:27; The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being.

Here it shows that the “spirit of man (lower case = human spirit) is the lamp of the Lord”. 


It is my opinion that only the human spirit which is God's image, would be “the lamp of the Lord” and be “searching all the innermost parts of his being”.  

Here we have the word “being” again, which further shows us that it is spiritual.

Zechariah 12:1 The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…

This is such an important verse, because it tells us that “the Lord”,
“forms the human spirit within a person”.

Job 32:8; But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

It is saying yet again that "there is a spirit in man".   That "the inspiration" of the "Almighty" God gives them (human spirits) understanding 

Job, Proverbs and Zachariah speak about our own spirit within us. This was around 500-700 years before Jesus.

THE HUMAN SPIRIT ACKNOWLEDGED

Here are 3 verses which show that God gave us our human spirit while we were in the womb.

Ecclesiastes 11:5; As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

Jeremiah 1:4; The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139:13: For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

A SHORT ESSAY ON THE BODY

The body is a sinful byproduct of this universe and thrives in it.  Taking care of the body consumes most of our life, as we struggle and maneuver the body to help it survive by making money/exchange to feed, clothe, house and protect it.  Not to mention having to put it to bed 1/3rd of its life. 

So the body/s and keeping it/them healthy and alive becomes very important to us.  But the actuality is that what is 'seen' has the least importance, because it is going away and will not be here at all – all gone forever.   The body, every day it lives is gradually decaying to its eventual ground destination, and the material universe crumbles over time.

Ecclesiastes 12:7-8;

'and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.'

8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.    “Everything is meaningless!”
 

Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon, who was considered the wisest man in all the world, but when he wrote Ecclesiastes, he was not being so wise, because he had turned away from God.

 

If we do not have faith, then immortality and paradise might not exist for us, but it will exist for those who have faith and believe.

There are those who believe that they are a brain and body and it is that which will be raised upon Judgement Day and be judged for their life choices.  Let's take a fair look at that as a possibility:

Galatians 5:19-21; Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20. idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21. envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 15:42; So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 
 

1 Corinthians 15:44; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
 

1 Corinthians 15:50; I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable
 

1 Corinthians 15:53; For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
 

Philippians 3:21; who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
 

2 Corinthians 5:4; For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.

2 Corinthians 5:5; Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

  1. If we were just a body + brain (flesh) and hypothetically let's say somehow we had the Holy Spirit helping us,  then by definition we "would not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God" (Holy Spirit), we would consider "them foolishness", and we could not "understand them".  (1 Corinthians 2:14 above).  So, even if we (as flesh) were to appear at the Judgement Day, how could we be judged fairly, because any Spiritual instruction would be considered "foolish" and we would not have understood it?   Considering the traits the body/brain (flesh) has, it is no wonder.

  2. Besides that, the Holy Spirit works through the human spirit establishing "spiritual realities"  (1 Corinthians 2:12 above)

  3. The flesh  "will not inherit the kingdom of God".  It seems that judgment has already been passed and there is no necessity for the body + brain (flesh) to be at Judgement Day.
     

  4. 1 Corinthians 15:42 is very specific in the fact that the body is clothed with the imperishable.    This further concludes that the body/brain (flesh) being clothed with the imperishable makes whatever the body/brain/flesh would have to say null and void. 

    1 Corinthians 15:50; restates that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19), which again means it is over for the body/brain/flesh/perishable.

    Philippians 3:21; that Jesus at the Resurrection, will "bring everything under His control" and will transform our "lowly bodies" so that will be like "His glorious body."
    His "glorious body" would have none of the attributes of the body/brain/flesh.  I am pretty sure He would not be interested in what the body/brain/flesh would have to say.

     

  5. 2 Corinthians 5:5; tells us God has “prepared us for this very purpose”. “that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life”.

    Isn’t that amazing! God knew all along that our flesh bodies would be swallowed up by a spiritual one, where the fleshly brain/genetics will have no voice, and also He has given us His Holy Spirit “as a pledge”.

    I think it is important for us to remember that the reason there is sin is because of the flesh, so, it stands to reason that the body/brain (flesh) would be given no opportunity to speak in the resurrected body; that it would be superseded by an immortal spiritual one.

SUMMARY: THE HUMAN SPIRIT ACKNOWLEDGED:  Each and every one of us has a human spirit, given to us by God in the womb.   The human spirit goes to heaven right away (Luke 23:42-43; Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”)

When the body/brain/flesh/perishable dies.  The body/brain/flesh/perishable cannot inherit the Kingdom of God and being clothed with the imperishable (the human spirit) the flesh has no voice or opinion. 

 

We can also - potentially - have God's Holy Spirit if we ask Jesus.  We need  to believe and have faith.  See  below and also chapter 'HOLY SPIRIT' in the book GOD, US, and SATAN.

BODY DEATH, BUT WE LIVE ETERNALLY

BODY DEATH, BUT WE  LIVE ETERNALLY

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 COMMENTARIES

John 6:47; “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. 

What does it mean "will never die".   What can never die?  What remains after death, after the body has gone into the ground?  It must be the human spirit.

We know that all spirits can never die, that is why there is the eternal lake of fire for the evil and eternal life in paradise for the good.

(NOTE: Manna is bread dropped by God to the Israelites and sustained them during their exodus. Exodus 16:4)

1 John 3:16;  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

It says we  "shall not perish, but have eternal life".  What has eternal life?  If we do not perish, what does?  The body/brain perishes.  The human spirit does not.  It can pretend it perished, by thinking it is a body/brain and hang around the grave for thousands of years.  However,  it is not possible for a spirit to perish/die.

John 11:25;  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

It is very specific “though they die” (body  + brain death)  they “will live”.  What else could live on, when the body and its brain are dead? There is only the human spirit.  

BODY DEATH, BUT WE  LIVE ETERNALLY

SUMMATION:  BODY DEATH BUT WE LIVE ETERNALLY: The human spirit lives on after the death of the body + brain.  Our God-Given human spirit can never die, it is a part of God and God cannot die. See also 'Where does the spirit/soul go when we die?' below. 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Since the death of  Jesus, we can have, in addition to the “human spirit” (AKA spirit) the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is sent by God to work with our human spirit, provided we ask Jesus for it and we believe.  So, it is possible for us who have faith to have two spirits. We can tell the difference between the two when reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit (AKA Spirit) is capitalized,  and the human spirit (AKA spirit) is not capitalized.

Romans 8:16; The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

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 COMMENTARIES

​Here is an example of the “Spirit” (Holy Spirit - capitalized) bearing witness with “our spirit” (human spirit - lower case), “that we are children of God”.

John 16:7;  But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

This is Jesus talking to His apostles just before his death "go away".  That if He does "not go away"  that "the Helper"  (Holy Spirit) will not come to them.  That it is to their "advantage" that He go.

(NOTE: Helper is capitalized which indicates that Jesus is talking about God's Holy Spirit)

Luke 11:13;  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

The Holy Spirit is a gift from God.   Those who ask God for the Holy Spirit will receive it.   It is saying that even those "who are evil, know how to give good gifts" to their children, then "how much more will the heavenly Father" be willing to "give the gift of the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

It is my opinion that God realized after seeing all that Jesus suffered while here on Earth in human form - who was sinless -  that we humans who are sinners, even though we have our God-given human spirit, needed more help in the face of our body/brain genetics, evils of man and demonic influences.  So, He gave us another part of Himself - in addition to the human spirit - to guide us.  This is called the Holy Spirit and we do need to ask Jesus for it and it has to be under the right circumstances. See  also chapter 'HOLY SPIRIT' in the book GOD, US, and SATAN

1 Corinthians 2:11; For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 

This verse is telling us who could know the thoughts "within" us, except our "own spirit" (not capitalized = human spirit). Then this verse goes on to refer to the "Spirit of God" (capitalized = Holy Spirit) who is the only one who could understand the thoughts of God. This verse is a nice demonstration of "Spirit" and "spirit". 

1 Corinthians 2:12; What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

"but the Spirit" (capitalized = Holy Spirit) "we have received" is "from God" and "not the spirit of the world" (lower case = "human wisdom").  It is God's Holy Spirit given to us, who will teach us "with Spirit-taught words" (capitalized) "spiritual realities" (lower case = human spirit) which meet our understanding. This is God's Holy Spirit working with our human spirit explaining "spiritual realities".  Aren't we fortunate, those of us who believe!

THE HOLY SPIRIT

SUMMARY: THE HOLY SPIRITSince the death of Jesus, God has sent His Holy Spirit - through Jesus - to each of us who have asked for it and believe in Him.  It is this Holy Spirit that works with our human spirit to help us make better life choices which are then judged on Judgement Day. See 'Judgement Day' below.

 

 So those of us, who believe, can have 2 spirits.

Our body + brain (flesh) has no voice and is swallowed up by the immortal body.  It cannot conceive or understand God’s plan for us.   Our body + brain (flesh) will not "inherit the Kingdom of God".

JUDGEMENT DAY / RESURRECTION

This section deals with who will be judged on Judgement Day. 

Something gets judged at Judgement Day, otherwise, there would not be one.​

​​We have to ask ourselves, what gets judged for its life choices?

  1. The body + brain (flesh)?

  2. The human spirit?

  3. The Holy Spirit?

  4. The heart?

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I write this for the benefit of the large group whom I studied with for about 9 months, who believe they are a body/brain/flesh and that is what is going to be raised up on Judgement Day. That the body/brain/flesh made all the life choices.   I really liked this group and it is full of wonderful people and I have to thank them because, without my inherent disagreement with them about the human spirit, which led me to dig into the ancient texts, this book would not exist.

There are various theories around about who or what is going to be judged on Judgement Day for its life choices.  I wanted to discover for myself, without being told, and this is what I found by looking at scripture about Judgement Day. We can see by process of elimination who or what is going to be judged:

2 Corinthians 5:10; For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Galatians 5:16;   So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 

Galatians 5:17
; For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. 

They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. 

Galatians 5:19; Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
 

Galatians 5:22; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

 

Galatians 5:24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

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John 14:27; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 

Proverbs 17:22; A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
 

 COMMENTARIES

Body + brain (flesh) to be judged?:
2 Corinthians 5:10 says that "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ "so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while 'in' the body”. 

 

Therefore, it cannot be the body + brain (flesh) which gets judged, because they are the body.  It is something other than the body, which is “in” the body that gets judged.

Galatians 5:17; covers the desires of the "flesh" and that they are "contrary to the Spirit" and the "Spirit" is "contrary to the flesh."

Galatians 5:19; goes on to describe the works of the flesh.

If we were just flesh with all of its genetically inherited sins, over thousands of years - all the way from Adam and Eve - and we had no governing human spirit or God's Holy Spirit, I do not see how we can be fairly judged, especially in light of the details described in Galatians 5:19.

JUDGEMENT DAY

Galatians 5:22; describes the qualities of the Spirit. Since the body + brain (flesh) is not of the Spirit, then it is nothing but an animal without a spirit or Spirit.

 

I thought that was the difference between humans and animals, that we were given a human spirit starting with Adam becoming a living "being" and ruling over all the animals/birds/creatures.

Galatians 5:24, says “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

 

The body + brain (flesh) is not going to crucify itself

It is the passions and desires.

Even at the Resurrection, when the body becomes clothed with immortality it is as a spiritual body:

1Cor. 15:44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 

This would mean at the Resurrection that the body/brain still has no voice.  It is the spirit who has the voice because it is raised as a "spiritual" body.

The Holy Spirit to be judged?:

God's Holy Spirit cannot be judged upon its life choices, because It did not make life choices – it only suggested them to the human spirit/soul who has the choice to accept or reject them.  God is a God of choice.

The Heart to be judged?:

JUDGEMENT DAY

This is Jesus talking to His apostles just before his death:

"Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."   In other words 'your inner self'.  The word 'heart' is used as an analogy.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine" ... In other words, a "cheerful attitude".  The word 'heart' is used as an analogy.
 

So, it cannot be the 'heart' which gets judged at Judgement Day, because its feelings, thoughts, and intentions are from the human spirit, (or soul if the body is alive), and the word 'heart' is an analogy only. See also 'THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART'  below.

2 Corinthians 5:10; For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The human spirit to be judged?:
 

It says we "appear before the judgement seat of Christ" "so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body".

I think we have established above, who that will be to "appear before the judgement seat" by the process of elimination.  It cannot be the 'body/brain/flesh' (see above).  It cannot be the 'Holy Spirit' or the 'heart' (see above).  

That only leaves the human spirit which can be judged for it's life choices, because it is only the human spirit that made them.

SUMMARY:  JUDGEMENT DAY:  By the process of elimination, we can see there is only one entity which can be judged for its life choices and that is the 'human spirit'.

THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART

DEFINITION HEART:

Definition of Heart from Oxford Languages:

  1. The heart regarded as the center of a person's thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion.  Emotions, feelings, sentiments, love, affection, passion, sympathy, pity, concern, compassion

  2. One's mood or feeling.  "They had a change of heart"

  3. Courage or enthusiasm. "They may lose heart as the work mounts up"

  4. The central or innermost part of something. "right in the heart of the city"

  5. A hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. In humans, there may be up to four chambers.
    NOTE: Definition #5 is the description of the physical heart, with which we are not concerned.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND HUMAN SOUL

 COMMENTARIES

We can see from definitions 1-4 of 'heart' that tthe heart is used as an analogy for 'emotions, feelings and sentiments, love, affection ...  These emotions are a by-product of the soul. The heart is not a 'being/entity' as of itself and cannot be judged on Judgement Day as s some believe.

Hebrews 4:12; For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

In this verse, we have the words "thoughts and intentions of the heart." This refers to thoughts, emotions, intentions, which come from the human spirit/soul because of its interaction with the body/brain/demons.  Because the heart is central to the body, then these feelings are used as an analogy for the feelings central to a personality.

John 16:33;  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Luke 16:15; He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts.

Here are a couple more verses to do with the heart. 

THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART

It is not the heart which can be judged on Judgement day, like some think.  The heart's intentions and feelings are a by-product of the life choices made by the human spirit and the thoughts and feelings which came about through the interactions with the body/brain (flesh) and demons. 

SUMMARY: THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART:

Any communication about the heart, with the exception of the physical aspects, are feelings, thoughts, and intentions.    It is the human spirit alone who is ultimately responsible for any feelings, thoughts, or intentions and the like, which he allows to exist or not, and will be judged for on Judgement Day.

WHERE DOES THE HUMAN SPIRIT (SOUL) GO

WHEN WE DIE?:

Technically at death, the definition of 'soul' no longer applies, because the human spirit is no longer interacting with the body/brain/flesh at death. However, you will see it used. See 'DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND SOUL' above.

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 COMMENTARIES

Hebrews 9:27; Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

​It says we only "die once", which is really important for those who believe in more than one lifetime, (which was me at one time).

When I found this verse, I asked myself 'Who or what is around me, or in me, who has many lifetimes, if I do not?' 

Besides the body, there can only be one answer and I will let you, the reader work it out for yourselves. For an in-depth answer to this question, go to various chapters in the book God, Us, and Satan.

Luke 23:42-43; Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Here Jesus is talking to the criminal being crucified beside Him.  He lets him know that "TODAY" he will be in paradise with Jesus. 

It doesn’t say anything about any time lag or I'll see you in several thousand years, as some believe.

Philippians 1:22-23;  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

Apostle Paul is saying that he desires to “depart and be with Christ” (at death).  If he thought he was going to wait in, or around, the ground for thousands of years, would he have written this way?

Revelation 20:4–6; Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not …

In this verse, Apostle John saw "thrones" which were located in heaven.  There were "those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image".  

That would mean that many human spirits, over thousands of years, went to heaven.

WHERE DOES THE SPIRIT/SOUL GO WHEN WE DIE?

​​​​​I have faith that I will go straight to heaven when I die, but there again, I believe what will happen to us when we die, will depend largely upon what we believe, since God is a God of choice. (See 'FAITH' chapter in God, Us, and Satan and 'Miracles are with Us Today' below.)

 

I will be glad to be judged on Judgement Day, which will happen at it’s appointed time.  Meanwhile, I will probably be working humbly for Jesus in heaven, while waiting for it to arrive. 

SUMMATION: WHERE DOES THE SPIRIT/SOUL GO WHEN WE DIE?:

The body + brain goes into the ground and the human spirit goes directly to heaven where  (I believe) it is occupied in some endeavor, until Judgement Day.  And the demons have to find someone else to bother. LOL

MIRACLES ARE WITH US TODAY

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I believe in miracles and that miracles are given to us daily by God through His Holy Spirit.  I have so many I could tell you about.  Instead, I am going to write a separate book about those which have happened to me and others.

There are some who believe that miracles died with the apostles.
 

If miracles died with the Apostles, then it would mean the rest of the Bible died then too.  We cannot take parts of the Bible and apply them to us in the present and future and reject the rest.  The whole Bible either all lives or doesn't.

 COMMENTARIES

Luke 18:27; Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

As I experience the Bible and God's miracles, making the impossible possible, and as I lean on Him more and more, my life becomes entrenched in His path for me and His Bible is the tool He uses to instruct me.  My life is glorious compared to the humdrum businesses (though prosperous) I had before.

Psalm 37:4;  “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

I am now delighting in the Lord and He is giving me the desires of my heart.  It is truly amazing!  I am only sorry I missed out on His miracles for most of my life.

Mark 9:23;  And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

"All things are possible for one who believes".  The secret for me was not to doubt, despite negatives from anywhere and everywhere.  When I do that and when I follow the direction from God's Holy Spirit, life is like a well-oiled wheel.

Ephesians 3:20;  Now to the One who can, according to His power that is operating in us, do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive,

Really!!! “superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive”  Really!!!   So, I thought I would give it a try and have absolute faith, (in the past I had absolute faith and even taught that, but just for 'human wisdom' things).  But this time I was going to try it with absolute faith in God.  Well, I have to tell you it is miraculous!

Hebrews 11:1;  Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.

Let us break down Hebrews 11:1:
* “Faith is the assured expectation” = we expect, then it will happen.
* “of what is hoped for” = what we really want.
* “the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen” = a demonstration of what will become real even though we cannot see it.

As you can see from above, we have to believe ("assured expectation") in unseen things occurring, without an actual demonstration ("evident demonstration"). See the 'Faith'  Chapter of 'God, Us, and Satan', for another 20+ verses similar to these verses. 

MIRACLES ARE WITH US TODAY

SUMMATION: MIRACLES TODAY:
I personally see miracles all day long in myself and others who believe.  They are everywhere to be seen if we allow ourselves to look. 

 

I love this verse and I thought I would leave you with it. It says that we are "God's chosen treasure":
 

1 Peter 2:9-10; (The Passion Translation) But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!

 

God calls us  "priests who are kings", He has chosen us, and we have chosen Him.  In other words, we can all be like "priests" and spread His word as we are able, and together we will be "a spiritual nation" set apart as His "devoted ones" and we will be kings in His eyes.  I ask myself 'Why wouldn't God give the gifts of miracles to His kings?'

 

Wonderful reference! God brought this message to me in unusual ways – twice! – and I know He meant for me to see it.  I feel very blessed.

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OVERALL PICTURE: 
VERSES ALONE SHORTENED:

HUMAN SPIRIT CHAPTER

The next and last part of the Chapter HUMAN SPIRIT is a summation of all the verses above, shortened, without any additional verbiage, so you can see the big picture. 

 

The verses are grouped as they are above:

OVERALL PICTURE, VERSES ALONE SHORTENED: HUMAN SPIRIT

HOW DID THE SPIRIT COME ABOUT?

  • Geneses 1:26;  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, 

  • Geneses 1:27; So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

  • John 4:24; God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

  • Geneses 2:7;  Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

THE HUMAN SPIRIT ACKNOWLEDGED

  • Acts 7:59; They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”

  • James 2:26; For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:11; For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?

  • Ecclesiastes 11:5; As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

  • Proverbs 20:27; The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being.

  • Zechariah 12:1; The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…

  • 2 Corinthians 5:4; For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:5;  Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:6; Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:7;  for we walk by faith, not by sight —

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • John 16:7;  But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

  • Luke 11:13;  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  • Romans 8:16; The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, ...

  • Corinthians 2:9; …no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:11; For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?

  • 1 Corinthians 2:4;  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,  so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:13;  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

 

JUDGEMENT DAY

  • 2 Corinthians 5:10; For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

  • Galatians 5:16-24;   So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict …

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND HUMAN SOUL

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23;  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew 10:28; Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

WHERE DOES THE SPIRIT OR SOUL GO AT DEATH?

  • Luke 16:22;  “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.2 Corinthians 5:8; we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:9;  Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

  • Hebrews 9:27; Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

  • Luke 23:42-43; Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

  • Philippians 1:22-23; I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

  • John 11:25; Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

  • Revelation 20:12; And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.


MIRACLES

  • Psalm 37:4;  “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

  • Mark 9:23; And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

  • John 11:40-42; Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”

  • 2 Corinthians 4:18;  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal

  • Ephesians 3:20;  Now to the One who can, according to His power that is operating in us, do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive,

  • Hebrews 11:1;  Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.

OVERALL PICTURE, VERSES ALONE SHORTENED: HUMAN SPIRIT

OVERALL PICTURE, VERSES ALONE SHORTENED: HUMAN SPIRIT

END OF THE CHAPTER 'HUMAN SPIRIT'

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