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 - even animals.

What sets humans apart however, is the spirit. It is through the spirit that we are able to relate to our Creator, for "God is Spirit..." (John 4:24) When trying to understand the relationship between the soul and the spirit, consider the skeleton. We tend to think of it in singular terms, but the skeleton actually has two parts: bone and marrow. The bible uses this analogy in referring to our inner being of soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12). The soul is to the spirit as the bone is to the marrow.


But there’s a problem.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, their rebellion against God resulted in their death, yet they remained alive physically (Genesis 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 from generation to generation (Romans 5:12) to ALL human beings. In our natural state we are all *spiritually* dead and unable to enjoy a relationship with our Creator.

 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.


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


So what can we do about it?


You can no more fix this problem than you can restore a dead person to life. So you try to numb the pain, distracting yourself from the emptiness, the loneliness, the fears, the hurts with anything and everything you can. We do 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 without hope (Ephesians 2:12).