Have you ever wondered about what will happen after you die?
Are you curious about the concept of “spirit” or is your understanding vague or unclear?
Then you should continue reading.

In this article I will discuss the following through explanations, charts, and video…

1. The Difference between your Body, Soul, & Spirit.
2. Eternal Life & Death
3. The Importance of Living Spiritually

We often use the words, “soul,” and, “spirit,”  interchangeably but the bible clearly distinguishes between them.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. –  1 Thessalonians 5:23

For an easy way to understand the difference, let’s take a look at the chart to the right. This chart was originally designed more than 30 years ago by our founding pastor and teacher, deep in the mountains of Korea where he grew up. He too wondered about the spirit and what happens after you die, and after many deep prayers this is the design that the Lord gave him through inspiration.

[image: 3 Divisions of Human Being]

I. The Actual Difference

A human being is made up of these 3 basic parts.

1. The Physical Body.
2. The Soul (Mind)
3. The Spirit [spiritual body]

1. The Physical Body.

In the past century we have been able to learn a lot more about the physical body through the advances in science and medicine, but we don’t need to elaborate on it here since you will spend many hours studying it in school. The key thing to keep in mind is that the body seeks only immediate satisfaction. It always avoids discomfort, loves to sleep, easily forms bad habits, and hates to be deprived of food. What we really want to discuss goes outside the scope of physical science.

2. The Soul

“Soul” is a religious term but it includes our mind, from which we derive our thoughts, our mentality, and our heart. The soul is in constant interaction with your body. For example, the physical body let’s us know when it’s hungry and craves certain tastes. These signals are sent to the brain and the mind tries to work out a solution to answer that need. A more developed mind can overcome the immediate desires of the body in favor of long-term health.

There are the parts of our mind that deal with daily life decisions, but there are also the deeper parts of our soul that deal more with our higher level subconscious self. This part of ourselves becomes fully active when our body sleeps and reaches the dream state. Though our body appears to be doing nothing except maybe breathing, our soul is extremely active having its own experiences. Have you ever fallen in a dream that felt so real it physically woke you up? Have you experienced events that don’t make any sense according to the logic of our physical reality? Have you ever had the ability to fly in your dreams? The brain cannot tell the difference between one reality or the other. What happens to your soul in the dream world feels every bit as real as what happens to your physical body in the day to day physical world.

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology, believed that the symbols we see in dreams corresponded to events in our daily life. The Bible also gives examples of how dreams and visions related to events in history (Gen 40). The inner and outer worlds are deeply connected. Our state of mind is determined by the worries and concerns we experience in our daily life and they often carry over to our dreams in the dream world. The way we see ourselves in our dreams can change quite drastically from day to day because each day our state of mind is often quite different from the previous day. How we see ourselves in our dreams, and what we see ourselves eating, wearing, or doing, gives us a good idea of how well we are doing spiritually. The world we experience in the dream state is actually the first level of the spiritual world.

 “Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become character, and character determines your fate. As you think, so you become.”

3. The Spirit

All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. – 1 Cor 15:39-40

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. – 1 Cor 15:44

Just as surely as you have a physical body that lives in the physical world, you also have a spiritual body which lives in the spiritual world. Just as there is both male and female, there is also both physical and spiritual. While you are physically alive in this world the body, soul, and the spirit are all connected.

Your spirit resembles your physical body just like your physical body resembles your parents. The spirit has an extremely heightened sense of touch, smell, taste, and hearing. Your spirit feels things very intensely at the spiritual level which is by far the deepest level. Ultimately the fate of eternity is determined by how well you develop your spirit through your daily life. If you regularly take action on the word of God, take joy in honoring God through expressions of love, and grow into a loving relationship with God, then your spirit will grow strong and healthy. But if you live only to satisfy physical desires then your spirit will suffer from malnourishment and easily succomb to selfish, hateful, or wicked influences.

Having a spirit is what separates us from the animals. It is our spirit that lives forever and desires to know about and connect with God in the spiritual world. It is our spirit within us that desires to be good and to see good done for others. It is our spirit that is righteous or wicked, and ultimately it is our spirit that goes to either Heaven or Hell.

“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Mathew 18:18

Just as you inherit the genes of your parents and learn from the behaviors of those whom you observe, your spirit inherits everything that your physical body does. You can’t take money, fame, or anything physical with you after you die but your spirit inherits the attitudes, tendencies, character, and mentality with which your body lived. In religious terms, your spirit will have either sins or righteousness depending on how you chose to live your life. How you live your physical life will determine your spiritual fate.

Many people ignore the spiritual world. Or, even if they believe in life after death, people live thinking that there is no way to know what will happen after you die. But actually we can know very well and should know what to expect because the purpose of this life is to prepare us for that life. Throughout history there have been countless accounts of people going to the spiritual world and telling first hand what they experienced. Some people are very spiritual and able to tell us what their spirits see in the spiritual world. Those who have the ability to see the spirit tell us that healthy spirits are typically taller than their physical bodies, less blemished, and that their spirit resembles their physical body in appearance much like our physical bodies resemble our parents.

Many people ignore the spiritual world, or even if they believe in life after death people live thinking that there is no way to know what will happen after you die. But actually we can know very well and should know what to expect because the purpose of this life is to prepare us for that life. Throughout history there have been countless accounts of people going to the spiritual world and telling first hand what they experienced. Some people are very spiritual and able to tell us what their spirits see in the spiritual world. [image: Emmanuel Swedenborg]

Emmanuel Swedenborg

In 1758 there was a famous scientist named Emmanuel Swedenborg who wrote several books explaining in great detail about the spiritual world and what the spirit experiences after death. He was a prolific scientist and inventor until the age of 56 when suddenly he began to experience the spiritual world. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, have conversations with angels, he even spoke to many of the ghosts or spirits of people he had known before they died.

For the remaining 28 years of his life, he wrote and published 18 books explaining in scientific detail and analysis of the experiences that we will all go through after we die. So if you thought it was impossible to know about what takes place after you die, you’ll be happy to know that actually many have already experienced it and given first hand accounts of what actually takes place after the physical part of your life comes to an end.

War of the Wills

The soul is the mediator between the body and the spirit and it constantly gets pulled in either direction. The body has its own wants and needs, and the spiritual body too has its own will and desire. The body wants to eat and sleep, but the spirit wants learn the Word of God and grow. The spirit wants to go to church, but your body wants to sleep in. I’m sure you have experienced this. This is the battle for your soul where ultimately your mind must regularly decide whether to take the physical path or the more spiritual path.

Death is Separation

[chart: Spiritual Death]

No one should expect to live much more than 100 years. Ultimately everyone will die physically (Hebrews 9:27). What should really concern us is spiritual death. When the author of this Bible study was a teenager, there was a period of time in his life when he served elderly people up until the end of their lives. There were times when people would die very gracefully with an overwhelming sense of peace, but there were also times when people passed grinding their teeth in utter fear. He was very spiritual so he could see that their physical body died the very moment their soul and/or spirit began to leave their body. In this way death is a sort of separation.

It is far more accurate to define death as the decay, corruption, or the inability of something to fulfill its purpose. Things are dying as they move into further and further states of decay or corruption. It is dead when it is finally discarded, removed, or rendered useless. Just as human beings discard objects as trash the moment the object outlives its usefulness, our spirit too is considered to be dead when we fail to fulfill the beautiful purpose for which God created us. This is the second death mentioned 5 times in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 21:8
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

The spirit does not cease to exist but goes to the domain of death in Hell where it suffers separation for eternity. It was this separation that God referred to as death in the Garden of Eden. Before Adam and Eve sinned, they were able to speak freely with God, but after they ate the fruit their spirits died and they went on to live extremely physical lives outside the heavenly domain of the garden.

Ultimately our purpose is to fulfill the Heaven of Love eternally in Heaven with our creator. But if in the course of our life we lose that connection with God, then our relationship dies. Like a marriage that ends in divorce, once we sever that communication and go our separate ways, then our spirits die.

Even if we look at the parables Jesus told in the bible like the story of the prodigal son, we’ll see that Jesus’ concept of death is consistent with the rest of the bible. When the prodigal son returned to his father in the story, his father said, “Let’s celebrate because my son was dead, but now he lives.” His son had not physically died, but what the father was referring to is their relationship.

When a young follower asked Jesus to wait for him to fulfill his family responsibility and bury his father Jesus responded, “Let the dead bury their dead” meaning let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead. It sounded harsh but Jesus knew that the family’s only chance at spiritual life was for this young man to follow him without delay. Jesus also said, “My words are life. They are spirit and they are truth.” So always Jesus was teaching about the spirit and eternal life. This is what the bible most often refers to when it says “life” or “death.”

Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Luke 15:24
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Ephesians 2:1
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world

When the bible refers to physical death it is very specific saying how the person died or by what cause. The bible is a spiritual book that gives us direction on how to live well both physically and spiritually. The reason the bible is so valuable is because it is one of the few books in this world that clearly explains to us about life from this most critical, spiritual point of view. It is absolutely critical that we learn about the spirit while we live here in the body.

II. The Spiritual Life

Lastly, let’s look at another chart our teacher created to explain how physical life relates to spiritual life. The effect of one on the other can be compared to the importance of nourishing a baby as it forms in the womb for 9 months. If taken care of properly in the course of that 9 months that baby can leave the womb and live for give or take around 90 years. This life we live in the earth is also a sort of womb for our spirit to grow. If we develop our spirits well then it can go on to live a healthy spiritual life for all of eternity. Our eternal fate all depends on how well we live this life. So even if it is short, how we choose to live this life is critical.

[chart: Parable of the Womb]

[chart: Parable of the Womb]

[chart: Parable of the Womb]

Love

Self-sacrificial love, believing that there is meaning to life, and fulfilling the will that God predestined for us are the intrinsic motivations that inspire humanity and help us to aspire to a greater good. Selfish love makes people fiendishly take advantage of one another and hatred makes us deliberately hurt others as well as ourselves. In the physical world there are the limits of time and space which allow us not to commit the sins that so easily come to mind. There are also the fears of shame and embarrasement that keep people from acting on their wicked impulses and innermost desires. But in the spiritual world there are no such limits. That’s why John wrote in 1 John 3:15, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” People who act purely out of selfishness and hate their brothers cannot go to heaven. People who do not truly love God cannot live with God. Just like people, God treasures those who fulfill the purpose in which He created them.

Temporary things like money and physical life are ultimately meaningless. They are simply a means to an end. The purpose of this life is to first establish your mental and spiritual love and go on to live an eternally meaningful life of true love in the spirit.

Live for the Spirit

The key to solving the problems of life is you have to learn about how to live properly. You have to study about it. Learn from the bible how to be more spiritual. Establishing a day to day relationship with God is absolutely necessary for you to live a happy, successful life. Jesus showed the ultimate example of love, and though he lived a short life, it was a meaningful and eternally successful life. Develop a relationship with Christ and when you die you can go to Heaven knowing true eternal love. Do not go down that terrible path of suffering but instead choose the path the the Lord has already prepared for you and live a much greater life. We’re here to shed light on that path, and help you live the physically, mentally, and spiritually satisfying life. So continue to learn, and begin the path that leads to eternity.

~End

This is the first of an entire bible study series where we explain about Heaven, Hell, Salvation, the Resurrection, and the Second Coming. Be sure to let us know if you are interested in learning the next lesson…

Life After Death Part 2: How to Develop Your Spirit

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  • Larry

    I enjoyed this page about the Spirit, Soul and Body. I understand that our TRUE identity is our Spirit, that we have a Soul, and we live in a body. As a Born Again Christian, our old spirit, or
    sinful nature is removed, then Christ takes residence and the Holy Spirit begins to guide us.
    Sin NO longer has dominion over us. Some people ask, “then why do Christians still sin?” When we begin to understand that our Soul is the mind, Will and Emotional part of our being, then we begin to understand what “renewing the mind” means in the scriptures. It is a daily process of training our soul to line up and agree with the new creation (Spirit) inside of us. Without a constant feeding and watering from the Word, our Soul will automatically attempt to revert back to the past programming that it is used to by submitting to the fleshly desires of the past that used to be so
    enjoyable and acceptable.
    Our new Spirit, if we are truly born again, will not have the same reaction that it once had when sinning. Our new Spirit, God’s Spirit now living in us, will speak to our (Soul) by the unpleasantness
    of the sin we are committing. That is what God meant by “I will write my laws on their hearts”.
    Praise God for the Grace He has freely given us to not have to beat ourselves up mentally over the errors we make in life. He loves us unconditionally and He is Faithful even when we aren’t Faithful. He is Good and continues to bless us, not because of what we do, but because God is Good.
    Thank YOU JESUS !!!

  • Stephen Sponsler

    The soul I’ve been understanding is the container of our self will which becomes rationalized (made real) by our carnal fleshly minds. The soul is the container of that which produces emotions and feelings, and as a result there are those who are emotional and carnal (of Cain) Christians having yet to produce the Fruits of of The Spirit. Rebirth then is a result of the spiritual circumcision of the dead spirit from the Fruit of the Garden with a New Life of Chris which communes with God through the Holy Spirit. It is this New Life from the spirit which is of the soul and death that is Fed the Bread Of Life and His Blood, “My Life Poured out for you” for the Forgiveness of sins, or ‘the sin of Adam’ since we are all ‘in adam’ until being made Whole in the New Life Given by The Second Adam. That which is Spirit is spirit, that which is flesh is flesh. It’s my understanding that our intuition is what remains for the most part of our old spirit while the soul is asleep to God the spirit is Dead to God. Quickening of the spirit by the Holy Spirit if it responds and wakes up the soul brings a response to the Mind to be Enabled “Abel’d” to receive the New Life…but only after Repent of the self life of the soul and turning to the Light of Man to allow the old man. We are Baptized in the Baptism of Death and rise in New Life of The Spirit from the circumcised off old man of the dead spirit nature. Adam was put to ‘sleep’ in Genesis and never woke up..for he was a living soul…Eve represented the death of the spirit, which not only died but led to deception of the soul..the fruit of deception. So our souls are deceived resulting in Not Knowing God..which leaves free will to ‘decide’ to believe or not to believe…man lost his Free Will (The Will of God) when he was thus asleep and also was dead to God which is not compatible with His Nature. (?)…all questions ..but I feel Watchman Nee has an excellent writings in The Spiritual man. If you agree that the spirit of the man born from above is not of the soul since the soul was already present and did not come from Heaven, then it can’t possibly return to it since God is Spirit and they who worship him Worship in The Spirit and in Truht (in Christ). .

  • Resto Mbilinyi

    thanks GOD i stepped my faith further.

  • Sakura Rubis

    I came here to read about the difference between Soul and Spirit, because they have confused me for so long, and the diagrams and Bible verses have really helped me understand the difference. Perhaps the Soul is the spiritual mind and the physical brain we posses it the physical mind? Because I’ve been torn apart time and again over what to do and what not to do, what I believe and what I feel. I’m getting so confused.

  • singingcowboy674

    I disagree with the very ending about who gets to go to heaven and how but the rest he’s pretty spot on. His scenario leaves grace out of the equation completely. You do good, you go to heaven. You do bad, you go to hell. Tell that to the thief on the cross beside Christ.

    • Larry

      singingcowboy674… sounds like you’re reading the same book I am. The Apostle Paul couldn’t have made Grace any plainer than he did. You’ll notice in my post, the same inference. God made a covenant with Himself to be Faithful to us, and took us completely out of the center of the equation. That’s how much He loves us. Not only that, but Jesus has forgiven our future sins too. After all, He was crucified 2000 years ago. Weren’t our sins in the future when He did that? Oh, BTW, technically, one of the thieves on the cross beside Jesus is actually an Ex-Thief, lol.

  • BelindaC

    this made me soo aware of my spirit being, as i was reading this article, i could feel my spirit soo excited saying keep reading, keep reading. you need to learn how to keep me alive… GOD bless your ministry

  • Karen Bennett

    This is amazing! Answered all my questions so I could understand easily and know I’m on the right road to salvation and into the kingdom of God. Praise God!

  • Gerald Allen

    I know someone has probably wrote this, but today, I was guided here after reading the book of 1 Thessalonians. Especially in chapter 5 when it talks about the spirit, soul and body. I really never gave the topic any thought until I read verse 23 tonight. I thought to myself, what is the difference between the spirit and soul and why don’t I know. After reading this article and another like it that clearly defined the difference, I said to myself, I’m in trouble. If my soul is acting out a role in the spiritual world, then from where I’m sitting I need to get really busy. I started reading the bible seriously a couple of years ago starting with Genesis and read to Job and I had this feeling to stop there and read the NT and go back and finish the OT. Now, I’m sure reading Psalms after I go back to the OT after reading the NT is going to be profoundly different if I had continued reading through the OT. This article was a step that brought everything into perspective that I knew but never gave it any real thought. I feel both ashamed, robbed, stressed and somewhat depressed that I did not figure this out myself long ago. I know people think they know but I don’t think they really know until you make that connection. If some of the people I know really knew they would not be the same people. I do know, going forward, I have some work to do!

  • matt

    It seems like there’s some knowledgeable people on here and I really need help. I am a Christian, but have lived my lifewith the attitude that I will always be forgiven, and even though I have been sorry, I have always given in to my flesh’s Sexual desires(hetero). I have an addiction that I need to beat but I can’t, stronger than any drug or alcohol. The problem with this which I am now learning the hard way is that what you do feeds your spirit and changes you. I will get into much more detail if someone responds that thinks they can help or explain. For right now I will just say about 8 months ago I had to go to a mental hospital for terror and fear, where I prayed and made promises and read the Bible .but when I got out I went back to the same behavior, I never did this brashly, I was always sorry. but my addiction was just so strong and overpowering. One night about 1 or 2 in the morning I woke up with a feeling around my heart that I’ve never experienced it was terrible, the feeling was if something was leaving me like my spirit or the Holy Spirit I don’t know which one. But I’m Almost 100% sure that it was one or the other. my question is which one was it and can I get it back? Someone please help this has been a terrifying experience and my fear is that God just gave up on me at that moment. Ever since then I have been more calloused and my physical health has faded… Please I am very scared

    • Sylkat

      Dear Matt:
      If you have received the Holy Spirit He will be with you always. It is written: I will never leave you or abandon you” You have to verbally reject the Holy Spirit for Him to leave. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is for our salvation. He is the gift of Christ to enable us to remain in God’s path. Salvation from strongholds is a process, it does not happen by our own efforts but by the power of God. What we must do on our part is to continually remain in prayer and hearing and mediating on the word of God. God has given us a dwelling place which is communication with Him for us to break away from our old habits. We can’t be in two places at once. Go where the Spirit dwells,(the Bible, the church, prayer) the more you spend time with him the more you mortify your old habits. Jesus said, you must eat of my flesh and drink of my blood to be saved. His flesh is the Word, His blood is the desire for holiness. Daily you must be filled through the word and prayer to be strengthened. As for a spirit having left your body, if it were your spirit, you would not be alive. It could be a demonic spirit that may have left. Remember God does not give up on us. In the book of Isaih He says, even if a mother should forget her enfant, I will not forget you.

    • Mercy and Compassion

      Matt- God Bless you, there is a way, threw Christ Jesus Our Lord we can not do it with our strength. Be strong in the Lord and lay all your struggles and worries down at the cross and trust in the Lord. You have to start drawing yourself closer to God and he will draw closer to you. Get rid of all filth that has contaminated your mind and start reading and meditating in the word of God. Matt. 17:21 Fast and Pray like never before Fast is sacrificing your body from foods or things that you nourish your body with, you ask the Lord in Prayer to forgive you and to help you with this struggle and you are willing to Fast you dedicate it for the area you are praying for. Start to renounce all your sins of sexual desire ask the Lord to destroy all powers of darkness and call them by name Perverted Spirits, spirits of lust etc. in Jesus Name! Continue daily in seeking the Lord. The enemy is coming strong at you more than ever because you desire to do good. The Lord will help you threw just don’t give up have faith in the Lord. 1 Thess. 3:10.You must continue reading his word fill your mind with his word meditate because if you don’t read Matt. 12:43-45. God Bless you and keep you in Prayer.

  • Rene

    I propose that a certain implication of the following statement you made cannot be proven from the bible:

    “Spiritual death then is when your spirit separates from God and can no longer fulfill its purpose for which it was designed. It does not cease to exist but goes to the domain of death in Hell where it suffers separation for eternity.”

    The implication is this: that our spirit has eternal life, when separated from God. I challenge you to find solid proof in the bible for this.

    Instead, it seems much more biblical that we do not have life from within ourselves. For example,
    why else would the bible say the following about Jezus: “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

    And yes, it would ultimately mean that suffering in Hell is not eternal, meaning: the spirit of
    the those who are condemned to the second death will indeed cease to exist at a certain moment. Thats why it’s called second death anyway.

    • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

      I’ve been studying some math recently and the concept of infinity turns out to be quite tricky for mathmeticians to deal with. Perhaps eternity is proving as difficult for us. My personal thoughts lead me to think that though our bodies are very finite, and as Emanuel Swedernbourg wrote our spirits are eventually drawn out and away from our souls, but that our spirits do not ever cease to exist. But I will gladly concede that these details are far beyond the scope of things I am absolutely certain about.

      • Rene

        Well I think you are right on that one. I wish more people would see this. I find it very sad that people make dogma’s based on concepts so diffucult to grasp. I imagine the number of denominations would be much less if we could dare to say: “well, actually I do not know, but maybe something like this?”

  • rob

    Some good facts except our eternal fate depends on being born again receiving and trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and not on how well we do in this life. Our works go with our faith, but our works alone are not good enough. Only trusting in the finished works of Christ for Salvation

  • Mike ZR

    God bless you and this article. The Holy Spirit brought me here and this was exactly what I needed. Thank you lord for this wonderful message, in Jesus Name.

  • Efrain

    When will you add part 2 of the study life after death? I’m very interested my email is efrain_henderson@yahoo.com thanks for your time.

    • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

      I’ve gotten a lot of requests for part 2. I have the lecture notes organized but this lecture is not usually given until much later in the bible study. I recently re-edited this article to remove some of the redundancies. What I and a couple of my teammates are working on now is a printed magazine version that will include all of the lessons listed on this site as well as a couple more. We will launch it as a kickstarter project as soon as I can finish production on the reward poster design. Please forgive me for the appearance of having ignored these many requests, but actually we’re quite busy developing the next iteration of this project ^^

  • Wendy

    I can’t thank you enough for this article….It has encouraged me beyond belief! I was saved at a young age & have loved the Lord-gone to church and grew up in christian circles…however, I’ve been living w/out this clear understanding of how my body-soul-spirit were created to work together. I understood how there will always be a battle b/t flesh and spirit. But I didn’t know that my body & spirit were similar-except our spirit is more aware of the spiritual things but the body is what houses those things. For example-so if we allow our bodies to become out of shape or harmed by cigarettes or even negative thoughts we will be killing our spirit as well. Our spirit also has to rise up and tell the soul-(mind,will,emotions) what to do-Because of a desire to know God more-we will have to make ourselves get out of bed to go to church, etc….
    Thank you~this has been life changing!!!!

  • Chris

    Ummmm,
    Firstly, thanks for all this info. I really should have look this up a long time ago. :(
    Like when I first became a Christian. Either way GREAT story and thanks, you have helped my spiritual life greatly.
    My only concern is the “heaven and hell” book that you mentioned. On Wikipedia it says that Swendenborg said that there were married angels in heaven. Apparently he also said that there were “Muslims” in heaven. At this point I stopped reading. Mbey use another book :(

    • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

      Have you read his book, or are you going to totally dismiss all of his work based on a publicly editable internet source? I wouldn’t rely on wikipedia so heavily. There’s are many good reasons why wikipedia is not considered a reliable source among almost any scholarly circles. Students in high school are hardly even allowed to use wikipedia as a source.

  • khumo Uchendu

    Thanks dear.

    Although the bible says in Eccl 12:7″The spirit will return to God who gave it.”

  • Elyse

    This page was incredible. I am already christian and only entered the page to read about the difference between soul and spirit, however this page is so inspirational and has given me a more difinitve answer on what a christian should strive for spiritually- to feed his spiritual body. Thank you and God bless your ministry I hope you are able to spread this article further so more people will be able to access it.

  • Mark Saunders

    The chart at the beginning of this article is incorrect. It defines the soul as the mind. However Mark 12:30 uses the same Greek word. (psych) for soul, and it differentiates between the soul and mind (dianoia). “And you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart…soul…mind…and strength. The soul is not the mind.

    • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

      You’re right, they’re not totally interchangeable if you want to get perfectly detailed. Just as England is part of Great Britain but Great Britain is not England. But if you are trying to simplify things into 3 taxonomies then it works quite well to put them in the same category.

      • Mark Saunders

        It is very dangerous to “Simplify” God’s word. So much error exists in our churches and in the lives of Christians because they do not know truth. Jesus said that not one word of God’s word would pass away. For some reason God used four different words. Instead of simplify and teach something that is not truth we should research and study to understand. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

      • Alicia

        I had the same confusion about the soul in this article, since in the bible mind and soul are stated as different, however, I give credit to this article because it does make very good points in trying to explain. I will continue my search for this mind and soul difference.

    • Larry

      Hi Mark, I guess that depends on which part of the mind we’re talking about. We only use 10% of our mind, so is the word mind meant as the conscious mind and the soul the other 90% of the unconscious mind we have? And my question would be, can they be separated once the body dies? If so, how? And more importantly, if so, if the soul needs a body to exist in, what body does it live in when separated from either the fleshly body or the mind?
      Lastly, does this scripture indicate the possibility that the mind ceases to exist when the body dies? These are questions we may not find the answers to until we arrive home.

  • Ganesh

    Very Great, valuable teaching, God bless!

  • Nicholas McCalla

    God bless you! I really did need this :)

  • Helen

    I thank the Lord for guiding you to write this through the power of Holy Spirit. My doubt in Spirit and Soul is cleared. I Pray Lord that this truth reaches across.

  • Judith Percinthe

    I was thrilled to have read your lessons and comments received.

    Glory be to God Almighty for the Holy Bible, and the gift of the Holy Spirit who is in His chosen few to assist us through the Holy Scriptures.

    I’ve made studying the Bible my priority; when in doubt, I ask the Holy Spirit to speak to me through the Bible. I’m sans spirit without It. I praise the Lord God for those who are relentlessly questing for the truth to empower and prepare them for the Big Day.

    May the Lord be with you and may He speak to His children via your writings! Remain blessed!

  • http://biblestudyinteractive.com Gail

    The Holy Spirit instructed me to research the Biblical meaning of spirit, soul, body. I am going to ponder on what you have expressed and ask for God to affirm it according to His holy word.

    I know I am already the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus by his blood. I also know that my life on earth is the working out of this holiness by practicing what God’s word reveals to me through His Holy Spirit. I know my brain and body die physically and that my born again holy spirit enters into the presence of the LORD. How do I know? Because Jesus Christ gave up the spirit. As for the soul, I know we sing about “Bless the Lord o my soul, o my soul, worship His holy name”. Yet I have not been clear about the soul. It is my life force of thoughts and emotions and will. It can only bless God through a born again holy spirit which has direct access to the Father through the Son by faith. His Word was left for us (Holy Bible) knowledge; yet the logos knowledge is only made rhema (wisdom) through the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you so much for your obedience to share.

    I am interested in the next study.

  • Tammie Gann-Jones

    This lesson is awesome! Would like the full study.

  • Melanie Oster

    Wow. There is so much to absorb in this article! It has cleared some of my confusions of the differences between the body, mind and soul. I am definitely interested in learning the next lesson :)

  • Zipporah

    Thank you for going ahead and for the price you paid to enlighten us on the way of life. This is such a valuable teaching for life today and for the future.
    I am interested in learning the next lesson.

    The Lord greatly bless and enrich you!

  • Johnny Jones

    The Umbilical Cord of Life, Sustaining the Darkness of this Womb!

    <3 Lord, thank U that U will NEVER let go of us! For Your Grace is sufficient to fill in Every Gap our Lack, which is MUCH MUCH More than our Capacity to Grasp, Comprehend or Deserve!
    Even our Humility to Confess, Willingness to Repent, Passion to Obey & Gratitude to Sing Your Praises, falls within the Gap Your Grace Has Justified us! Lord, this World is our Womb, Your Grace is our umbilical Cord, apart from You, we are Still-Borne, tho U have assured us that Satan No Longer has the authority to Abort us, U have given us the Choice to Clog up The Umbilical Cord of Your LOVE!
    Every time we judge others, refuse to forgive them, or attempt to withhold Love, we've bought into the Lie, that "We may have Life apart from U" & tho we reject U in reaching back to clutch the chains of our Old Warden, U Relentlessly pursue us, even when we kick, fight, scratch & throw childish fits!
    LORD, set our eyes upon U, reveal Truth, so we may confess & Lord, Pour Your Love thru us, so Your Glory may Light up this dark Womb, so our Brothers & Sisters who have yet to know U, become "Fertilized" by Your Justifying Blood, & so that those who have been Spared abortion, may be drenched by the Flow thru Your Umbilical cord, tho NOT ONE of us have passed thru The Birth Canal, We may still Know Life, thru Your Love amen

    If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:11-24 NIV)

    These enemies David hates are "The sin & defects from within his own heart! This world is our Womb, only LOVE can drive out fear! Only Truth can defeat Deception! Our Mother is Earth! Our Father is God! The day is coming when The Church, "Bride" of Christ be United with The Groom! Then & only then shall we pass thru The Birth Canal into The Perfect image of our Father! Let us Obey The Truth, The Way, The Light, as we have been delivered from The Thief, accuser, the ruler of the darkness of which we were born, snatched from Eden, but JESUS came back, planting Eden within Us, amen

    • Mandla

      Wow…awesome…my Good Lord thank you for Johnny Jones. Thank for leading him to share such a powerful prayer. Today I m richer because of the words he has just shared which I believe are straight from you Holy Spirit working through him. Thank you Jesus. Johnny my dear brother in Christ, you are a blessing. Keep the faith, and keep strong winning souls for Christ. Bless you.

  • Johnny Jones

    Living Castle Our King Reside

    When our Egos Step Aside
    To Worn out to Run & Hide
    Unworthy Rest His Arms Provide
    Truth Reveals that Fear had Lied
    Humility Redeems Our Pride
    When Faith & Logic 1st Collide
    Love Abridged this Great Divide
    Truth Confessed & Fear Denied
    Life or Death We Choose Our Side
    Faithful Steps in Love Abide
    Sufficient Grace His Blood Supplied
    Abundant Life enjoy The Ride
    Tho we Knelt Defiled Bride
    Shameful Heart & Teary Eyed
    Perfect Love has Testified
    Upon The Cross He Justified
    Our tainted blood He Purified
    Thru the day we’re by His Side
    Glory Glory
    Sanctified
    Living Castle Our King Reside!
    jj 6-27-13

  • Andy

    I am so delighted in this message, I wish I could have so many copies of it so that I can share with other people like my friends, family members and so on.

    Please how can I get more of this

  • Pastor Okere Geoffrey

    thanks, i appreciate the way and manner the answer to my question was explain, and i should be more grateful to learn more from you

    Thanks, God bless you.

  • Millie

    I am battling with my lazy body not wanting to do anything unless i have to . My mom passed away almost 3 years ago. My daughter has had dreams or vivid dreams or maybe it wasnt a dream. That my moms spirit came to visit in her room, my son said the same thing , they see her dressed in white . It happen on occasions when i would fall asleep next to my son or daughter . It would be at times when i would cry for her and talk to either of the kids about her. I’ve had dreams that i she is alive . My last dream was that someone told me … Even through the ashes she’s still alive… I woke up distraught . I started going on youtube for more info. I was watching videos on Near Death Experience and people that have died and come back.. They say there spirit was alive and saw everything …… I want my mom back. I know this sounds crazy and hopeless but i want to know that she is with me , i want her to talk to me and let me see her the way my kids see her from time to time. I want God to tell me directly… why…..did she have to go.

    • olefaithful

      I just lost my dad and he was very interested in NDE. I used to ridicule his obsession with it. I used to tell him, as I tell you now: live in the moment, rejoice with every breath that you take on this earth-your mum may not be with you physically and neither are you feeling her presence, but rejoice in the life that she lived, the memories you have of her and you will never feel that she’s gone :)

  • thomas

    great comments enjoyed the insights an clarity of the explanation of the subject

  • Terry

    This explained so much of the question i had and would love to read and learn more God Bless You For teaching this.

  • http://noweb T.Alexander

    respected sir

    I read your explanation.It is very very good.
    It is very useful to me and for my ministry.
    thank you
    GodBlessYouAll.

  • john abayateye

    Trully I enjoy the whole teaching. it has really explain a lot of things to me and for that matter I will be highly grateful if more will reach me.

    thank you for the information.

  • Wenmei

    Thanks for your lesson, it answer my pray. God bless you!

  • http://www.biblestudyinteractive.com/difference-between-soul-spirit/ Michael Malliah

    profound answers to profound questions…thanks for the enlightenment

  • zertihun

    Thank you very much and God bless you!!! you helped me a lot to know about soul, body and spirit,

  • peter

    splendid! i would like to have subsequent episodes, please. God bless you richly as you do so Amen

  • JESTONY

    it’s really confusing when we talk about the soul and spirit, but after reading this article i got an idea about the difference though not much that clear. How can be the mind be the soul?
    ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Mathew 22:36-39
    However, thank you very much for the information.
    Godbless

  • http://heavenandhellbyemmanuelswedenborg daisy edwards

    the reading of heaven and hell were a delight

  • Cary Perkins

    I enjoyed this very much and will pass it along to my Bible Study group. You say you have more?

  • http://cancolemanrn@sbcglobal.net Candace Coleman

    Love and learned so much from this teaching. I can’t wait to study the rest if the teachings.

  • Azentagah

    I am now clear with the differences between soul and spirit.But how can one go to Heaven.

  • http://mangatimose@yahoo.com mangat moses

    thank you for the teaching that you have given unto us really we have learnt a lot over this teaching ,however, according to Matthew 22:37b which says you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind.

    and yet the soul according to the teaching, is made up of the mind, will, emotions etc, why then are they looking different?

    • Judith Percinthe

      In Genesis 9: 4, it is written… But flesh with the life thereof, which is the soul thereof, shall not be eaten.
      Leviticus 17:11, for the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
      Verse 17, same chapter: For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is the soul thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, ye shall not eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is in the blood Ithereof…
      Deu. 12: 23; Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the soul and thou mayest not eat the soul with the flesh.
      Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth like water.

      Life or soul are synonymous.

      Remember the Lord institutes the Passover in Exodus 13, it’s all about the blood, and also, in Isaiah 53, it is written also about the blood. Life or soul is the blood.

      The Bible also tells us of the spirit; it is the breath that we take.
      Genesis 2: 7, 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. Ps. 3 1: 6; Matt. 27: 50; Lk. 23: 46; Jn. 19: 30; Acts 7: 59, 60 explain what the spirit is. The spirit is the breath. At birth, from the womb to the birth canal, one is just a body with no life or spirit, until one breathes. In death, the spirit or breath leaves the body and returns to God.

      I hope we share more views and Scriptures in the future. Remain blessed with the breath of our Lord!

      • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

        Wow, great scriptural references Judith, thank you!

    • http://www.Drawalot.com/ Shaun D. McMillan

      Like any kind of taxonomy, you could always divide into yet smaller parts. If you look at it as 3 categories, it would be body, soul, and spirit. But if you divide up the soul even further, then you would have the more spiritual side of the soul which is the heart, and the lower more physical aspect which is the mind. The mind is made up of thoughts and mentality which is very close to the brain which is how it connects to the body.

    • Elyse

      Soul and Spirit are used interchangeably in the bible sometimes. So we can also interpret this text to mean love the Lord your God with all your heart (soul), with all your soul (spirit), and with all your mind (physical brain). In any case the scripture is telling us to love God with every inch of our being and that’s what matters, I think.

  • http://shaundmcmillan@gmail.com Dr Catherine Galatola

    This was a very helpful explanation but if the soul is the mind then what does the verse in Matthew 22 mean when we are commanded to love the Lord God
    ( i.e. The Lord Jesus Christ) with our :
    ”all our heart, soul, and Mind”?
    In Biblical terms what is the definition of man’s heart, or his soul or his mind? Are they not the same thing?
    Your reply would be most welcome.

  • Joanna

    Thank you so much for this knowledgeable article, it helped me a lot and it opened my mind to many things that I wasn’t aware of or maybe ignoring.
    God bless!

  • Jayanta Barman

    Thank You very much for this page. I learned lot of point about Mind, Spirit & Physical body.