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What is the Human Spirit?

But there is a spirit in man: And the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8 KJV) 

The human spirit is the immaterial part of humans with nature similar to God’s nature and the life principle sustaining their psychological and physical existence. 

First, the human spirit is a part of man, and its nature corresponds to that of God. Human nature has different parts, yet we always exist and function as one. We can understand the various aspects of our nature in two ways: functionally and constitutionally. Functionally, we exist and function on earth as spirit, soul, and body living as one being with different capacities. However, constitutionally, we only have two parts: spirit and body. We see these two parts clearly during creation and at physical death. At creation, God brought Spirit and body together, and Adam became a living soul. Similarly, when we die physically, the body returns to the earth, and the spirit returns to God. At death, just one thing departs from the body—the spirit, also called the soul in this context.

Second, the human spirit is the life that is the vital force for the thoughts, emotions, and will of the heart and biological life of the body. You are aware of yourself and you can think, feel, or will because the human spirit is in you. Similarly, the reason our bodies are alive is that the spirit is in them.

Third, the human spirit corresponds to God’s own nature. In fact, you should care about the human spirit because God relates to us Spirit to spirit. God does not have a physical body as we do. However, He has thoughts, emotions, and will. For example, God can communicate by speaking His Word to us because our minds can understand what He says and respond intelligibly, emotionally, and intentionally to Him. 

I will conclude  with probably the most perplexing characteristic of the human spirit. It is not merely an impersonal vital force, but it is capable of independent conscious existence outside of the body( e.g Rev. 20:4).

Deshen Daily devotional tomorrow will examine the difference between the spirit and the soul. Stay tuned!

Read more: What is the Human Soul?

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What is the human Spirit in your own words based on what you have read above?

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