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The difference between the Physical & Spiritual nature of man.
Man is not just a physical being, in reality man is a spirit being. The Bible teaches us very clearly that man has a spiritual nature which is completely separate from the body it inhabits.
Job 32:8 says;
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Zachariah 12:1 says;
THE burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
The “spirit of man within him” and “man” that we can see, are as different from each other as a house is from the person that lives in it.
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But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
1 Corinthians 2:11;
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 6:20;
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glory God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
In Genesis 2:7 we read;
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Here we see that God first made man’s body from the dust of the ground, and then breathed into it the breath of life, and by doing so caused the spirit of man to dwell in the earthly body.
1 Thessalonians 5:23;
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edge sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Here we see that man is a three-fold being, because he is created in the image of God.
And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God never intended that man should be separated from his body, therefore heaven, as we know it today, can never be man's final home. There will come a day when God will create a new heaven and a new earth, wherein will dwell the righteousness
2 Peter 3:13;
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
See also our booklet: “The New Heavens and the New Earth”.
Man, in his immortal body and reborn spirit, will not be bound anymore to space or time, and will thus move freely in the new heavens and new earth.
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 John 3:2-3;
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1 Corinthians 15:51-55;
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting ? O grave, where is thy victory
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