In my last post, we saw
that our bodies are physical, making a roundtrip from dust (Genesis 3:19).
But we have a spirit in man (Job 32:8). That sounds like the duality idea.
When we die, our spirit in man goes upward to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7, 3:21).
It’s spirit and serves as a record of us, so does that make it our immortal soul?
I hope you will live your life based on what the Bible teaches. If so, you will want to look at the example of Jesus’ death, resurrection and appearance to Mary for what it teaches about our spirit in man.
Jesus said he would give no other sign than that He would be in the grave for three days and three nights, just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish (Matthew 12:40). Nobody seems to argue that Jonah digested that long, but they think Jesus stayed for only Friday afternoon to early Sunday morning. But that’s another story—a real story that doesn’t add up!
Jesus was the God of the Old Testament Who created Adam as a living soul (Genesis 2:7). Adam did not have a soul, much less an immortal one. The Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh and is the same word used for animals and even dead animals. Ezekiel 18:4 says “the soul that sins shall die.” A most mortal soul!
Jesus was the Word who inspired “the dead know nothing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). There is no thought in the grave (Ecclesiastes 6:5)—no working or planning (Ecclesiastes 9:10). David—not just his body—was buried (Acts 2:29).
So for 72 hours Jesus was in the grave dead all over! Something to think about: Without His eternal companion who would be gone forever if not resurrected, was the Father lonely?
Not if you think Jesus wasn’t really dead. Upon His death after crucifixion, the Bible says His spirit in man went up to God. So maybe you want to believe that Jesus was alive and well—his spirit in man freed from his body, up in heaven with the Father on three-day leave, watching the grieving down below.
Some erroneously believe that during the three days and nights, Jesus went to demons in prison and preached to them. But Peter says He did this during the days when Noah was preparing the ark (1 Peter 3:19). Perhaps God was so sad at how wicked the thoughts of man had become (Genesis 6:5-6) that He realized the influence of the bad angels needed more restraint.
No, the Bible says Jesus was lifeless in the tomb. When He was resurrected, it occurred in the tomb, not up in heaven where His Spirit in Man went for three-day storage. Just like saints will be resurrected on earth and rise to meet Christ in the clouds. Before departing the tomb, Jesus took the time to fix His bed!
Now let’s see what Jesus Himself said in the Bible—because that nails it.
When He appeared to Mary, He told her He had NOT YET ascended to the Father (John 20:17). His Spirit in man was a record of Him—but NOT Him! His Spirit in man had not been Jesus living up there!
This confirms by Bible revelation that our spirit in man is not an immortal soul.
Can you extrapolate from the example of Jesus what this means regarding the reward of the saints? Who would be expert on who has gone to heaven more than Jesus our Savior! I hope you will read what He said with your own eyes in John 3:13 and believe it no matter how contrary it is to what most believe.
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