(10/13/2015) Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons

Posted: October 13, 2015 in Angels, Christian Beliefs, Death, Elisha, Language, The Godhead, The Holy Spirit
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Today, points are shared on language used to speak of the soul and the spirit.  When a “living soul” dies the spirit from GOD is separated from the flesh.  Yet, an account in Scripture reports a dead man revived when he touched the bones of the Prophet Elisha (see 2nd Kings 10:  21, King James Version (KJV) ).  For this to happen, there had to be contact with the Spirit that earlier inhabited the prophet; and his bones (we say, relics) had to contain a residue of the anointing, spirit content, and power that worked through Elisha while he was living.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “barajab” (Level 3 with 1,897 points, a member since April 05, 2010) posted the following:

Whats the differents between a spirit and soul?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (Romans 8:  5-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Only Physical Being in Heaven? (06/17/2015); GOD Is A Spirit? (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); For They Shall Be Ashes (02/11/2014); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012)

“barajab”, may I share some thoughts I’ve come to after many years thinking about “the soul” and “the spirit.”   The following points on spirit beings, spirit-filled beings, and Spirit persons (the GODhead) will give you some positive ideas to eliminate error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Usually, Christian believers rely upon the holy writings to explain the meanings for “spirit” and “soul” in a fixed and focused manner, because when using these terms, multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in direction and value) are often introduced by ones intent.  Using “spirit”, existence may be understood as enduring, or having presence without measurable dimensions.  Conditions and frameworks need not be applied that describe carnal, material, physical, and social being, or mortality, space and time.

(2.)  Mankind was first fashioned as an object that was empty and void of divine spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, spark, word).  When divinity imparted aspects of the divine makeup into the lifeless form, “man became a living soul.”  It is in this sense that mankind is made in the image of GOD as well as that, through the imparted Spirit, men may perform sacred duties, share sacred knowledge, and fulfill eternal purpose.

(3.)  Divinity is made up of inseparable substances entirely spirit in their content including faith, holiness, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Faith is made up only of faith, holiness only of holiness, truth only of truth, etc.  The communication, exchanges and interactions between and among the aspects of full spirit content are manifested and revealed to finite living creatures as active presence, character, nature, person, and eternal purpose.  Divinity continues to exist having the human form used to appear in the earth as Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Many mistakenly speak of “the immortal soul,” however, only GOD is immortal.  Angels, demons, devils, the sacred beasts of heaven, and unclean spirits (we say, spirit beings) are created beings and living creatures whose makeup and substance is spirit.  While they may have been fashioned and given life long before the creation of the earth, they are neither mortal nor immortal.  Their duration is not determined by their form; rather, they continue by the dispensation of GOD (we say, grace), and divine prerogative.

(5.)  There is no “dead” soul; yet, at death ones spirit is separated from the physical body.  The spirit from a dead person does continue to exist, however, not within any frame of reference presently known in the experience of the living.  Death is spoken of as sleep, because sleep describes the suspension of awareness and self-will.  However, sleep is an action among the living.

(6.)  Living persons are said to be “dead in spirit” where they do not respond to the divine law, the imperatives of judgment and sacred truth, or the living will of GOD.  In effect, they lack the basic equipment for correct comprehension and response to utterances provided by divinity for continuous acknowledgment and contact (e.g., admonition, confession, fellowship with other believers, giving, guidance, obedience, offering, prayer, praise, promise, prophecy, sacrifice).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  The followers of Jesus Christ are to be “spirit-filled beings” as they continue living in the earth, facing the same life challenges as everyone else.  Just as they are “born again” through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) and operations by the Spirit of GOD, believers must “grow up again.”  All are to appear mature, “ripe” and ready to be harvested from the earth by Jesus Christ at his Advent (we say, Second Coming).  Their transformation to live as immortal and incorruptible will be completed at that time.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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