WHAT IS MAN?
December 12, 2010

 

   Psalm 8:4 David asks a question that has been ask millions of times and in many different ways. The question is often put: who am I? What am I? Am I important? Why am I here? Does anyone care about me? Etc. David asks the question to God, why do you care about little old me?

 

BODY

 

   Genesis 2:7 If we look carefully at the creation verses, we can confirm exactly what man ( and woman) really are. Look carefully, God formed us with dust, god breathed into mankind, we were made a living soul. Mankind, womankind, are a three part being; (1) physical, (2) emotional, and (eternal), or (1) Body, (2) Soul, and (3) Spirit.

   Genesis 1:27 According to the bible we have the form of Jesus Christ. We know this because He is the only one of the Godhead who has a body.

   I Corinthians 15:44 According to this scripture and many others we know that the body we have is a body that starts deteriorating as soon as we are born and continues to die even as we are living.

   I Corinthians 6:19 Paul tells us that the most important use of the body God has given to us is that we allow it to be the temple of the Holy Ghost.

   Ecclesiastes 12:7a King Solomon tells us that when we take our last breath, this body will return to the ground from where it originally came from.

   I Corinthians 15:51-54 In one of the great truths of scripture Paul gives us the hope of the rapture and the promise of a new, redeemed body that will last forever.

 

SOUL

 

   Genesis 2:7 As we learned earlier, God created us with an eternal soul.

   Deuteronomy 11:3; II Chronicles 15:12; Matthew 22:37 We are admonished throughout the bible to seek the Lord, to serve the Lord, and to love the Lord with all our soul. The soul is the most important part of the human being and God says that He reserves that part of us for Himself.

   Proverbs 11:30 The smartest man who ever lived tells us that we should not only protect our own soul, but we should be caring and winning other souls for God's glory.

   James 1:21 James tells us that it is the word of God that can save a soul from hell, not good works.

   Luke 16:19-31 The story Jesus tells us here is not a parable but a true happening. The story tells us exactly what our eternal soul consists of. (1) the mind (2) senses (emotion) (3) the will.

 

SPIRIT

 

   Job 32:8; Ephesians 2:1 There is a spirit that has been implanted into every person ever born called the spirit of man. God wants to awaken this spirit in order for us to have a living spirit not a dead spirit.

   Genesis 2:7; Romans 8:6; James 2:26 When God breathed into our nostrils the breath of life, He put within each of us a spirit that lies in wait, waiting to be resurrected to life and to serve Him.

   Proverbs 20:27 Once God has brought our spirit to life, he uses it to search our hearts in order to determine our motives for what we do.

   Matthew 26:41; Acts 7:59 These two examples show us how this awakened spirit is in each of us. Jesus asked Peter, James and John to help pray for Him in the garden. They did not have the Holy Spirit within them at this time. In Acts, we see that Stephen asked the Lord to receive his spirit, not his soul.

   Ecclesiastes 12:7 Solomon reminds us that when we die we return to dust, but the spirit “returns to God who gave it”.