Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. I was inspired to revisit this topic yesterday as I reread the blog on spiritual revelation. Biblical teaching on the spirit of man is a fascinating truth, but much seems to be shrouded by mystery. In this writing, I will therefore deal with the issues of the synonyms for the human spirit in the bible, the appearance of the human spirit (what does it look like?), characteristics of the human spirit. In another topic I will cover an area which I currently call “spiritual dimensions” for want of a better term. It will include areas that are hidden to the human mind (such as what happens when we plead the blood of Jesus?).

THE HUMAN SPIRIT DEFINED

The human spirit in the bible is the invisible part of the human that makes us alive, while the body is the vehicle that carries us around. This is confirmed by James who said that “the body without the spirit is dead” (2: 26) and by biblical examples that show that the body lay dead until the spirit came back to it. One of the earliest examples is that of the son of the Shunnamite woman who lay dead until his spirit was called by to it by Prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4: 20 – 37). The daughter of the ruler of the synagogue lay dead until Jesus called her spirit back to her body (Lk 8: 51-55).

SYNONYMS FOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT

God created the outer form of man from clay, then breathed into him, so that he became a “living soul” (Gen 2: 7). The spirit can therefore be called the living part of man. SInce God breathed the “breath of life” into us (Gen 2: 7), can the human spirit be defined as the breath of life. Without the spirit we become inert and die. Job took up this truth in chapter 33: 4 when he said “the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”

WHAT DOES THE HUMAN SPIRIT LOOK LIKE?

To date, I have not found any clear pictures in the bible about what the human spirit actually look like. Since God breathed into us, do we look like God’s air? I am only speculating. To get a better understanding, it will help us when we know what a spiritual being looks like. A spirit does not have flesh and blood. Jesus taught this to the frightened disciples after His resurrection when they nearly passed out when He appeared to them. To calm them, He told them that “a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Lk 24: 39). In order to prove His point, He told them to “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see” (Lk 24: 39).

The spiritual being can look like the human form, but note that it is a spiritual being and not the flesh and blood component. How do I know this? Well, Lord appeared to Ezekiel in the “likeness of the appearance of a man” (Eze 1: 26). Some people would say that he saw a ghost, for want of a better explanation (not that the LOrd was a ghost). In Eze 8: 1- 3, the hand of the Lord came upon the prophet and the hand of the Lord took him up by a lock of his hair. He was in a vision and therefore in a spiritual realm. His spirit was experiencing the vision. The hand of the Lord was not a human hand, but rather “the form of an hand”. Now satan has capitalized on this information in the occultic world. If you look at “Scooby Doo”, for example, what do the ghosts look like? Exactly. Satan just copied from God. Since angels are spiritual beings, according to Psalm 104: 4, the enemy had no work to do when the disobedient angels fell with it. They simply went from being ministers of the Lord to ministers of satan. Get the point?

There are other examples in scripture that reveal the appearance of spiritual beings. The spirits of the angels of the Lord can appear as “flaming fire”, according to Ps 104: 4. Angel Gabriel quizzed me this morning about the burning bush that appeared to Moses (Ex 3: 2). This scripture exactly says that “the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” The scripture really means that Moses saw the Lord in the form of a flaming fire because that it how the Lord appeared to him. Angel Gabriel also quizzed me about the pillar of fire that took care of the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness as we learnt in Ex 13: 21-22 – “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” The spirit of the Lord was in the appearance of fire and cloud.

The appearance of spiritual beings in the form of a cloud is confirmed repeatedly in the book of Exodus when the Lord would descend in the form of a cloud and talk with Moses “face to face” (Ex 33: 9-11, 34: 5). Ex 33: 11 says that “the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend”. However, we know for certain that Moses spoke with the Spirit of the Lord and not flesh and blood, because the Lord denied him the privilege of actually seeing His face lest he die (Ex 33: 18-23). Scriptures still went on to say, however, that Israel had no greater prophet than Moses the Lord knew him “face to face” (Deut 34: 10). Are the scriptures trying to confuse us? No. Although Moses could not see the Lord’s real face and live, he still spoke to his spirit face to face, so no confusion is intended. It is a matter of perspective on the issue. Why does the spirit of the Lord look like a cloud? Well, if air is invisible, He had to appear in a form in which He could be visible to Moses and the children of Israel. Their experience teaches us that God desires to reveal Himself to a people in the earth with whom He can fellowship. Can HE say that we are this people?

Finally, the spiritual being can look like LIGHT. James 1: 17 says that God is the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Scriptures confirm and present the picture that “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 Jn 1: 5). Light was the very first thing that God created. Jesus is the light of the world. Mt 4: 16, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, said that when Jesus came to earth, that “the people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” Darkness must go when He appears, even as the Moses’ spirit became enlightened and the glory of the Lord shone on his face as a result of communion with the Lord. We were created in the image and likeness of God, with our spirits in a state of light, or looking like light, but sin made us black (like the devil and its demons). How do I know this? Well, 1 Jn 1: 7 exhorts us to “…walk in the light, as he is in the light”. Col 1: 13 further teaches us that this is because the Kingdom of Christ is the kingdom of light, since God “…delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Do you receive the truth?

I can truely say that the scriptures are true, since the Lord has opened my eyes to see the human spirit in the state of light. Some months ago, I saw the human spirits of two adults and they looked, not like flesh and blood, but the form of the individuals – a head part for the head, trunk, hands and feet. The appearance of the spirits was a brilliant yellow light, which indicated to me that the individuals were walking in the light. Just this weekend, I saw the spirit of a child, looking yellow in color, not as brilliant as the adults, but looking just as Jesus did at her age. He was standing next to her in the same color. This means that she is growing in grace, wisdom and stature, just like the Lord did. I have also seen demons and so have other people. The demons in the vision looked like black, frightening, shapeless, horrifying forms.

The conclusion of the matter is, are you light or darkness? Are you walking in the light? Is your spirit being cleansed out daily by the application of the blood, the word and by confession of sins as John taught in 1 Jn 1: 5 – 10. We cannot afford to walk in darkness, because this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Everything that is dark will be cast out into utter darkness. Are we light in the world? Do the forces of hell scatter when our light appears? Do we dispel the darkness? This is the whole point of this writing. Heb 12: 22-23 says that “ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect”. This scripture teaches us that our spirits can become perfect, or complete. I suspect that it means that we become completely like the Lord, since it is His aim that we should measure up to the stature of the fullness or completeness of Christ as taught in Eph 4: 13. May God bless you richly.

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