GOD, US, AND SATAN
A FEW EXCERPTS FROM MY
NEW book!

Hi everyone and welcome!  This is Virginia Franklin.  To find out more about me click here.
 

Below are several small excerpts from my new book called 'GOD, US, and SATAN' which is over 200 pages long and will be officially published this year, 2021.

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 in 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', 'being', or 'soul'). 

 

In my book 'GOD, US, and SATAN' and below, I use the term 'human spirit' instead of 'spirit', as do many others, because it can get confused with Spirit (capitalized - which is God's Holy Spirit).  I also explain the subtle difference between the 'human spirit', 'being', and the 'soul'.

When writing this book, I have been deliberately ignoring other's opinions, biases, and rumors.  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. 

 

Enjoy! 

 

Virginia Franklin

CREATION OF THE MALE AND FEMALE SPIRITS on the 6th day:

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

Photo credit FEE.org

HOW DID THE HUMAN SPIRIT

& BODIES COME ABOUT?

 THE BEGINNING - the background to the creation of  God's first male and female spirits on the 6th day:

  • ​The first daylight was created

  • the second day - the sky was created

  • the third day - dry land, seas, plants, and trees were created

  • the fourth day - the Sun, Moon, and stars were created

  • the fifth day - creatures that live in the sea and creatures that fly were created

  • the sixth day - animals that live on the land and finally human spirits, made in the image of God were created

  • The seventh day - God finished his work of creation and rested, making the seventh day a special holy day. Genesis 2:1-2.

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.

 Making of the male and female spirits on the 6th day: Genesis 1:26-30.

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

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.”

On day six right after God has created animals, 'God is saying “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness so that they may rule over....”  My first question for myself was "Let us"?  Whom is God talking to?  (see below)

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.

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").

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 shall be yours for food.

God creates His male and female spirits in His spiritual image and gives them instructions.

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.

 God tells His male and female spirits about the world they are about to inherit

In Genesis 1:28, God tells His newly created 2 spirits about the world He is about to give them, and for them to "increase in number; fill the earth" and to "rule over" all His newly created animals and creatures.  In Genesis 1:29, God is telling His 2 spirits, about the food He has for them when they have earthly bodies.  He says "I have given you every seed-bearing plant" and "tree that has fruit with seed in it".  He then says "they shall be yours for food".  They cannot eat yet because they are not in human bodies.

In Genesis 1:30,  God further tells these 2 spirits that He has also provided food for all the animals /birds/creatures "I have given every green plant for food".  

In other words, it is not necessary for these 2 spirits (since they are going to "rule") to be concerned about what every living creature will have for food.

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

God now rests on the 7th day. He has created everything necessary for the self-sustaining of life on earth. Plus He has created 2 spirits which will rule over the life He has created when they have human bodies.

The next day, He continues His creations on Earth and puts in the streams which "watered the whole surface of the ground."

Genesis 2:5-6; Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

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.

NOTE: Andrew Wommack (see Charis Bible College & YouTube.com)  makes the point "that if God made humans before the 6th day, they could be treading water because there would be no land."  Such a clever man on so many levels.

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com & pngtree.com & torahmeansteacher com & dailyartmagazine com & toppng.com

Geneses 2:7 says that "the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground".  "breathed into his nostrils the "breath of life" to make it live. 

Now God has a living breathing flesh body.

(see usage note 'BREATH OF LIFE' below).

Now all that was left for God to do, was to infuse that “living” flesh body with His spiritual “image” (Genesis 1:26 above), which He did simultaneous to breathing into the body the "breath of life".

This was the whole reason God created a male body was for His "image"..

NOTE: "living soul" in various translations is used interchangeably with "living being" and "living creature". The actual translation from Hebrew is 'soul' because of לְ נֶפֶ ש = 'To the soul that'.  Translation verification.

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), instructions (Genesis 1:28, 1:29, and 1:30 above), and something to make it superior to animals, birds, and creatures in order for it to "rule".

 

This 'something' would be “His image” which has similar attributes as Himself (Genesis 1:27), to be able to accomplish these tasks. 

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 Genesis1:28,1:29 and 1:30 above.

 

NOTE: Usage of the term: "BREATH OF LIFE".  Geneses 7:21-22;  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. 

We can see from this usage that 'breath of life' refers to the physical bodies of creatures, animals, and humans.  It does not address the spiritual.

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

SUMMARY HOW DID THE HUMAN SPIRIT & BODIES COME ABOUT?

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 of the earth 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 simultaneously 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.   

HOW AND WHEN DO WE GET OUR HUMAN SPIRIT?

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com & Self.com

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.”

We can see from the above how Adam got his 'Image of God' (human spirit).  Now it just leaves the question of how do we get our Image of God into each one of our bodies?  Here are 4 verses which show that God gave every one of us our human spirit while we were in the womb, and one verse which shows that God "forms the human spirit within a person".

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.

HOW DID  THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  COME ABOUT?

Galatians 1:15; But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his Grace,

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.

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

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

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

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”. 

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

Photo credit pngtree.com

Photo credit The week

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 survival recording system of all of its current and preceding genetic past.

When the pure human spirit gets put into the fetus of a pregnant woman by God, it becomes impure by association with the body and its genetic past.
 

The human spirit is bombarded by messages from the body/brain in response to stimuli in the present. We have to remember that the body has evolved all the way from Adam and Eve.  See 'BODY' in the book GOD, US, and SATAN for much more information.

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 can guide us and helps us to overcome body genetics. (See 'The Holy Spirit' below).

Photo credit slidshare.net

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.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'HUMAN SPIRIT', 'SOUL' and THE HOLY SPIRIT

Romans 8:16; The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 

The “Spirit” (Holy Spirit - capitalized) is testifying with “our spirit” (human spirit - lower case), “that we are God's children”.  We can all have God's Holy Spirit, provided we give our life to Christ and ask Him for it.  I have to tell you from experience that life is much easier with the Holy Spirit. (See the section on "HOLY SPIRIT" below).

SUMMARY: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMAN SPIRIT, SOUL and THE HOLY SPIRIT:  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 these.   There is also God's Holy Spirit which we can have also. (See section on 'HOLY SPIRIT' below).

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

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.

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com & Pixabay

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?

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.

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

THE HUMAN SPIRIT  ACKNOWLEDGED

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

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

ARE WE JUST A BRAIN + BODY

OR ARE WE MORE THAN THAT?

There are certain people and groups, whom I have studied with, who firmly believe that they are just a brain + body (no human spirit), and it is the brain + body (flesh) which will be judged for its life choices when Judgment Day comes.  (See 'JUDGMENT DAY' below).  They strongly feel that their fleshly body ("perishable") will inherit an immortal body ("imperishable").  I share with you the reader what I found when I studied the bible about this subject:

Photo credit Getty Images

Does the fleshly body inherit the kingdom of God? 

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. The flesh (body/brain) "cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 15:50). 

  2.  "nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable." (1 Corinthians 15:50). 
    If the perishable (body + brain) does not inherit the imperishable, that means the body, when and if resurrected (as these people I studied with believe), cannot put on the imperishable, which effectively leaves it as it is - decayed, spiritless, and turning into dust.

Hostile to God

THE HUMAN SPIRIT ACKNOWLEDGED

Romans 8:5-7; Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

It is very specific here.   If we believe that we are only a brain/body/flesh then we must have our "minds set on what the flesh desires".  It also says that the "mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God".   The group I studied with believe and love God, so it makes no sense that they would be hostile to God.  This verse also says that "those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God."

I sincerely that persons from that group read this.

"Deeds of the flesh". 

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.

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com & Adam Kontor,pexels.com & pngwing.com

Above, are the attributes of the body (flesh).  I think it is important for us to remember that the flesh (we have inherited from birth) is full of sin genetically. (Galatians 5:19-21 above), so God's Holy Spirit if we have chosen to have one, (especially in the light of 1 Corinthians 2:14 - below), has no option but to work through our God-given human spirit within all of us.  
 

The person without and with the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:14; The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com & Pingtree.com

It's hard to get some of your more spiritual ideas across to a person without the Holy Spirit.  I had a glorious marriage for 14 years because we were on the same page.  Death separated us, but we will always love each other.  Choose your close friends and relationships carefully so that you will have someone compatible with yourself.  I know, we like to convert people and I think that is great!   Converts are on shaky ground for a while and can revert, depending upon the person.

SUMMARY: ARE WE JUST A BRAIN + BODY OR ARE WE MORE THAN THAT?:  

There is a human spirit given to each of us in the womb.  (See HOW DID THE HUMAN SPIRIT & BODIES COME ABOUT? above) The Holy Spirit, if we ask for it from Jesus works with our human spirit.  It does not work with the brain/body/flesh. When the body/brain/flesh which is perishable dies, it cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; and it will not be clothed with the imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:50 above).  

If we were just body/brain/flesh the "Spirit" (Holy Spirit) cannot work with us because the body/brain/flesh does not understand the things of the Holy Spirit "but considers them foolishness" (1 Corinthians 2:14 above).  Then it would mean the Holy Spirit would not come to a person who does not have a human spirit.  That means that the body/brain/flesh does not have any spirits.

Yet this group I studied with specifically quotes Ecclesiastes 12:7;  "and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it".  What spirit would they be talking about?  I am not sure what they are thinking of when they quote Ecclesiastes 12:7.  I do have to thank this group because it is because of them, being a new Christian a few years ago, I started studying the Bible in-depth to answer the questions I had, and that was the forerunner to my book God, Us, and Satan.  Isn't God clever!

A short essay on the body and the material ("seen") universe.

Taking care of the body consumes most of our life, as we maneuver the body to help it survive by keeping it just the right temperature, undamaged, intact, and protected from harm.  Plus making money to drive it around, feed, clothe and house it.  And then there is differentiating its emotions and feelings from ours. Not to mention having to put it to bed 1/3rd of its life. 

So, body/s and keeping it/them healthy and alive becomes very important to us and there is a lot of attention on bodies; how they look and don't look, feel, etc.  Although bodies can be great, the reality is that which is 'seen' has the least importance, because it is going away and will not be here at all.  The body, every day it lives, is gradually decaying to its eventual ground destination, and the material universe around us that we see and place so much importance upon, crumbles the same way.

That is why it is vital to concentrate our efforts on that which is 'not seen'.

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." ... For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

BODY DEATH, BUT WE LIVE ETERNALLY

Matthew 16:24; Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

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

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.

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;

Picture credit:  FaithDirection.com

Jesus is talking about our "soul" as different from the human world which would include the body/brain/flesh.  Then it goes on to say how the "soul" will be rewarded "according to what they have done".  Which means the soul must live on after body death.

BODY DEATH, BUT WE  LIVE ETERNALLY

What does it mean "will 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 are eternal and can never die, that is one of the reasons there is the eternal lake of fire for the evil, and an 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.

It says we  "shall not perish, but have eternal life".  If we do not perish, what does?  The body/brain/flesh 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.

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.  

SUMMARYBODY DEATH BUT WE LIVE ETERNALLY: The human spirit lives on after the death of the body + brain.   All spirits cannot die. See also 'WHERE DOES THE SPIRIT/SOUL GO WHEN WE DIE?' below.  

BODY DEATH, BUT WE  LIVE ETERNALLY

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Since the death of  Jesus, we can have, in addition to the “human spirit” (Given to each one of us in the womb "spirit". See HOW DID THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND BODIES COME ABOUT? - above) the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is sent by God to guide and work with our human spirit, provided we ask Jesus for it, and we believe.  

Before the death of Jesus, there was only the Law of Moses.  Jesus specifically told his apostles (John 16:7 below), that He would send a Helper (Holy Spirit)

NOTE: We can tell the difference between the Holy Spirit and the human spirit when reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit (AKA Spirit) is capitalized,  and the human spirit ("spirit) is not capitalized.

Romans 8:16; The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 

The following verse is an example of the “Spirit” (Holy Spirit - capitalized) testifying with “our spirit” (human spirit - lower case), “that we are children of God”.

Photo credit: FaithDirection.com & ActiveFaithSports.com & Etsy.com.com

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)

The Law of Moses and the Law of Grace.

Romans 2:20; Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Under the Law of Moses "no one will be declared righteous in God's eyes", but instead conscious of their sins.  Under the Law of Moses there were so many rules and penalties, people automatically became sinners.

Today, there are many people who do not know of the fact since Jesus we are given the Law of Grace, where we are released from the restrictive and condenming Mosaic Law.

Ezekiel 36:27; And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

God will put His Spirit (Holy Spirit) within us (if we ask for it), and it is the Holy Spirit who will cause us to walk within His rules.  This is the Law of Grace which every one of us can follow if we choose.  The Laws of Moses crippled people and reminded them how sinful they were.  The law of  Grace has to do with faith.  

John 16:13; When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

To help us follow the rules ("statutes")  of God, we have His Holy Spirit indwelling us (if we choose) and speaking directly to us with messages from God Himself, which we can follow or not follow, since God is a God of choice.  

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.

"What we have received" is "from God" and "not the spirit of the world" (lower case = "human wisdom"). Who will teach us "with Spirit-taught words"  "spiritual realities" (in a way we can understand and which will be real to us). This is God's Holy Spirit working with our human spirit explaining "spiritual realities".  Aren't we fortunate, those of us who believe!

Matthew 16:19; “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” 

Dying to the law and being "crucified with Christ" means that Matthew no longer follows the old Law of Moses, that he now follows the Law of Gace where "Christ lives in me" (him)

He says that if "righteousness could be gained through the Law" then "Christ died for nothing!"  In other words righteousness had not been attained by the Law of Moses and had now been replaced by the Law of Grace.  Each and everyone of us can have the Law of Grace by asking Jesus, and we can have God's Holy Spirit living inside us to help us with life.

It is my opinion that God (through Jesus), after seeing all that Jesus suffered while here on Earth in human form, realized the genetic sinful problems inherent in bodies/brains given to us at birth were potentially overwhelming. That we needed more help especially in the face of mans evil in general, plus 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. 

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 'JUDGMENT DAY' below.

 

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

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

JUDGEMENT DAY / RESURRECTION: WHO WILL GET JUDGED?

There are various theories (see 1-4 below) about who or what is going to be judged on Judgement Day for its life choices.  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:

  1. The body + brain (flesh)?

  2. The Holy Spirit?

  3. The heart?

  4. The human spirit?

Let us look at the Bible to discover the truth.  We will take up each one of these four.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Photo credit Christian Ministery Fellowship International.org

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

Body + brain (flesh) to be judged?:
2 Corinthians 5:10 says "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 5:24, says “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

 

How could the body crucify "the flesh with its passions and desires"?  It is the "flesh" and "passions and desires". The body + brain (flesh) is not going to crucify itself.

Picture credit :FaithDirection.com

Romans 8:26; In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

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 got its messages from Gpd and suggested them to the human spirit/soul who has the choice to accept or reject them since God is a God of choice.

JUDGEMENT DAY

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 3:5; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

The Heart judged?:

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

So, it cannot be the 'heart' which gets judged at Judgement Day, because it is not involved. The heart is used as an analogy only.

(Maybe because it is a central organ which the blood flows through or maybe because it was affected by emotions)

Picture credit :FaithDirection.com

Who or what is going to be judged?  Who or what is the only entity left to be judged? Matthew tells us:

Matthew 16:26; What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Matthew is talking about our "soul" and he says that we will be rewarded "according to what they (we) have done."   In other words, it is our soul that is going to be judged, not the body/brain/flesh, or the Holy Spirit, or the heart which is going to get judged on Judgement Day.

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'.

Body/brain/flesh The body/brain/flesh cannot be "IN" itself because it is the body/brain/flesh.  (2 Corinthians 5:10 says 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."   
Also, the entity that is going to be judged has to "crucify the flesh".  This is not possible for the body to do since it IS the flesh. (Galatians 5:24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.)

 

The Holy Spirit which is a part of God cannot be judged because it does not make life choices for us, it suggests them.

 

The heart is an expression of humans and only used symbolically.

The human spirit is the only entity which is being communicated to by God on a continual basis through His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not communicate to the body/brain/flesh.

It is the human spirit which is supposed to be directing the body, and it is the human spirit which makes life choices.

JUDGEMENT DAY

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

JUDGEMENT  DAY

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE

GOING TO HEAVEN RIGHT AWAY

NOTE: over the years 'heaven' and 'paradise' have been used interchangeably.  I have called 'heaven' the waiting place for the spirits who are waiting for Judgement Day and Paradise the place they go after Judgement.  I have not taken the time (maybe later) to locate the Bible verses necessary to establish which is which.  But we can tell there is a place where 'waiting spirits' go.  Certainly this information will be in my book God, Us, and Satan.

Criminal going to  heaven/paradise that same day.:

Luke 23:39; One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 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. (soul sleep).

Death of Jesus going to heaven right away.

Picture credit :FaithDirection.com & neverthirsty.org & christianministeryfellowshipinteranational.org

Luke 23:46; Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Jesus, as God's Son, knew He would be spiritually present in the Father's "hands" at the very moment of His death, not asleep in the grave (soul sleep).

Beggar Lazarus was carried right away to Abraham in heaven by angels.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

This is Jesus talking.  When the beggar (Lazarus) died the angels carried him to heaven right away.  It doesn't mention anything about 'soul sleep' (hanging around the dead decaying body for thousands of years).   

Luke 10:38; Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” 

Notice Jesus corrected Martha's belief that her brother would only "live" in the resurrection, which could be thousands of years later. Jesus revealed that believers will live even if they die, and that they will never die in the way that our bodies do.

WHAT WILL OUR BODIES LOOK LIKE?

What will our bodies be like when we go to heaven and paradise?

WORKING ON THIS SECTION.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AND MAYBE SKIP DOWN TO THE NEXT SECTION FOR NOW.

Lewis Sperry Chafer refers to 2 Corinthians 5:1–5 when he explains "the concept of an intermediate body between death and resurrection": VERIFY

At the present time believers are in an "earthly tent" (v. 1), but they long for their "heavenly dwelling" (v. 2). References to believers after death but before resurrection all seem to suggest that they have a body, as in the case of Lazarus (Luke 16:19–25). When Moses and Elijah met with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, they were represented as having bodies (Matt. 17:1–3; Mark 9:4; Luke 9:30). In Revelation 6:9–11 [and 7:13–17] the martyred dead . . . are represented as wearing robes and being before the throne of God. Though full revelation was not given in Scripture concerning the exact characteristics of these bodies, apparently they will not be suited for eternity for they will be replaced by resurrection bodies.3

This conscious, intermediate state is a temporary body, intermediate between the time of our death and the resurrection, which will take place when Jesus returns.

Scripture not only assures us of our souls' destiny; God's Word also offers insight on the future of our earthly, physical bodies, which will be resurrected at the Rapture. Paul wrote that we "wait eagerly for . . . the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved" (Romans 8:23–24 NIV). 

 

Regarding the earthly body and its significance after death, Scripture says, "It has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is" (1 John 3:2). 

The exact details of that will remain a mystery; however, we know that we will be physically resurrected at the Rapture (John 5:29; Acts 24:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). 

We also know that our resurrected bodies will be different in some ways than our current bodies (1 Corinthians 15:45–49) and suited for eternity.

We can learn about our resurrected bodies by considering Jesus's body after His resurrection. We know that Jesus ate and drank, that the disciples could touch Him, and that He had flesh and bones yet could move at will without physical limitations. "See my hands and my feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have" (Luke 24:39).

 

If Jesus's resurrected body could do all these things, our resurrected bodies likely will too.

Fears and questions about death are natural, but the Bible offers peace. Believers can take courage in the knowledge that the rest

 

God provides for us after death is so much better than any so-called "soul sleep."

 

For Christians, death means we will finally, immediately be face-to-face with our Father.

says Charles R. Swindoll and Brian Leicht, Growing Deep in the Christian Life: Essential Truths for Becoming Strong 

______________________________________________________

2Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Revelation 6:9;When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, e were killed just as they had been.

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?

​​​​​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. 

WHERE DOES THE SPIRIT/SOUL GO WHEN WE DIE?

SUMMARY: WHAT HAPPENS 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

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

MIRACLES ARE WITH US TODAY

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.

Photo credit:  FaithDirection.com & WriteAddiction.com

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.

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

"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!

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

Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the assured expectation

 

of what is hoped for, 

the evident demonstration

of realities that are not seen.

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.

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. 

Ephesians 2:6-8; And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

This verse, as well as many other verses in the Bible talk about "the coming ages".  If the Bible was just written for the moment, then there would be no mention of any kind of future.

NOTE:  I have repeated this verse below.

If miracles died with the Apostles, then it would mean the rest of the Bible died then too.  If we believe the Bible, it is impossible to exclude some parts of it.  The whole Bible either all lives or doesn't.

MIRACLES ARE WITH US TODAY

SUMMARY: 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.

Much more on this exciting subject is in the new book God, Us, and Satan. 

You can see the chapters here.

These were a few excerpts from the new book God, Us, and Satan.

Would you like to see more?   

If so click here

OVERALL PICTURE: 
VERSES ALONE SHORTENED from above so you can see the big picture..

The next and last part of this page which I call the '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:

Photo credit: FaithDirection.com & pngtree.com

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 EXCERPTS 

in the New BOOK

GOD, US, and SATAN

If you want to see more click here.

picture credit:  FaithDirection.com

If you have any comments, we would love to hear them.  Just contact us.    Your information is safe with us.

 

NEW!  Watch for our new page on HEALING!

 B ackground credit Adrien Olichon Unsplashnnnnnn

Matthew 17:1–8; Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

To send us a message regarding

any help you need, or any comments Click here .
 

Your information is secure and safe with us!

Our help is free and there is no obligation.

​Bible Study

Life Coaching

Consulting

Counseling

General Help

Questions

Photo credit PastorUnlikely.com