Spirit with a body
Most people think of themselves as a body, maybe a body with a spirit. But the Bible says we are created in the image of God. Since God is Spirit, that means that we are spirits too. We are spirits that have a temporary body, not bodies that have a spirit. In the latter part of John 17, Jesus talks about us being one with him and one with each other. What does that really mean?
Why is this important? Because our spirit is eternal, our body will only last a short time. Our spirit is much more important than our body, but we tend to think about bodies much more than our spirit. That is the source of much of our pain in life. Many feel that they are not good looking enough. They don’t understand that this temporary body is not as important as our spirit. Many feel bad because they are sick or tired. That won’t last long. This life is just as short as the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.
We are one
So Jesus said we are one. One way to think about our spirits being connected together is the example of knitting. Two colors of yarn can be knitted together into one scarf. The fabric of the Holy Spirit is knitted together into our spirit to make one being. Jesus said that believers are one with each other. That can only mean our spirits are connected somehow.
Recently I read that scientists find male cells in women who have had a male baby. Some of the cells from the baby move thru the umbilical cord into the mothers body and she keeps them as long as the cells stay alive. (from Scientific American) Another web site says that after having intercourse, the cells that a man leaves in the woman can stay in her body for a long time. So in a way, the baby and the mother really are one. The mother’s body contains parts of the baby’s body even after birth. Intercourse makes us one more than we may have thought. In fact, the Bible says that it does.
How big is our spirit?
So how big is our spirit? Well, I’m not sure anyone really knows. The Apostle Paul said that he was with a church in spirit,even though his body was not there. Some consider that a figure of speech, but when I combine that with some of the other things that Paul and Jesus said, I no longer believe it is just a figure of speech.
Elisha sent his spirit with his servant to watch what he did (2 Kings 5:26). A king wondered how Elisha always knew where he sent his troops and assumed a spy told him. Elisha was able to defeat the king in every battle.The advisers of the enemy king said that Elisha somehow knew what the king was saying even in his most private spot, his bedroom (2 Kings 6:12).
When you put perfume on your body, how big is the smell, how far does it go? Hard to say. A dog can smell it much farther away than a human can. Maybe our spirits are the same way, much bigger than our bodies. I doubt they are limited to the space our bodies take up.
Einstein told us that time and space are not what we think they are. Maybe our spirits are the same way. They completely transcend what we can see with our eyes and hear with our ears. They are of the spirit world, the real word. The world we can see and taste and touch is not the real world. Even Shakespeare said “The world is a stage.” By that he meant that the things we see are not real, just as the props in a stage play are not the real world, just something to set the scene.
I have never found any place in the Bible where it says our spirits sleep when our bodies sleep. So what does our spirit do while we are asleep? Leave a comment if you have any ideas. Maybe there is some reason why God designed us to spend one third of our life asleep. Maybe our spirit is somehow serving him while we sleep.
All we need is love
It really is true, all we need is love. We don’t need food or air. If we don’t get food or air, our body dies, but we don’t die. Our spirit is then liberated from the ball and chain of this earthly body and (if we are a Christian) we go to paradise immediately (2 Cor 5:8). We live eternally, bathed in the joy and glory of God’s love for us.