What does it mean to be You?

As a human being, you have a body and a soul, but did you know the Bible says you also are created with a spirit? (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

The body, being the realm of physical existence, is how we connect to the world around us, as well as being able to relate to others in a physical way.


The soul, sometimes referred to as "the real you" or "the heart", is the center of our consciousness; the will, the emotions, the intellect, the "spark of life" that animates the body. It is here that we are able to relate intellectually and emotionally with all the other souls who inhabit their bodies.


What sets humans apart however, is the spirit. The bible says the spirit is to the soul as marrow is to the bone (Hebrews 4:12). It is through the spirit that we relate to our Creator, for "God is Spirit..." (John 4:24) 

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But there’s a problem.

In our natural state we are all *spiritually* dead and unable to enjoy a relationship with our Creator. Adam and Eve rebelled against God which resulted in their death, yet they remained alive physically (Gen. 2:17). How is this possible? Because their *spirits* died, and as a result they were no longer able to relate to God - Who is Spirit - as they did before. This problem has been passed down to ALL human beings (Romans 5:12).


And we know it. 

You can feel it, something just isn't quite right. There's an "emptiness" inside, so you try to fill it up with all sorts of physical and emotional - even religious - things, but they don't work, at least, not for long.


Why?


Because your spirit is dead. You are not fully what you were meant to be.


YOU ARE INCOMPLETE.


So what can you do about it?


Nothing.


You can no more fix this problem than you can restore a dead person to life. So you try to fill the emptiness, distracting yourself from the pain, the loneliness, the fears, the hurts with anything and everything you can. We all do it! It's the only thing we know to do, "...fulfilling the desires of the flesh (body) and of the mind (soul)..." (Ephesians 2:3) because it is our nature to do so.


But it doesn't fix the root problem.


Your spirit is still dead, and left to your own devices, you are - sadly - without hope (Ephesians 2:12).

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