Have you ever wondered what is the difference between your soul and spirit? Well Arnie from Hawaii shared a verse with me which helps answer this question. “The Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.”(Genesis 2:7). So there you have it. Your soul is your body and spirit together. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14). When God formed man out of the dust of the ground the body he made was fully formed with organs and everything else, but it was lifeless or dead until God breathed his spirit of life into him and Adam became a living soul. The name Adam, means red, dust, and earth. So the body will perish some day and the spirit goes on to Heaven in the spirit world. If you are saved, you get a new body at the Rapture which will be like Jesus’s body which will join with your spirit and lives on forever. We are going to get a new heavenly body for our spirit to live in, in Heaven. Our new body will never get sick, or tired, or grow old. In fact you will be at a perfect age. For a man it’s in his early twenties, and a woman reaches maturity somewhere around 16 to 20 yrs, (after that it’s a down hill road in this life.) If a baby dies in this life, they go to God’s great nursery in heaven where they grow up in heaven, until they get to that perfect age and then they don’t grow any older forever. There are also no more tears in heaven. You can fly, eat,travel at the speed of thought,walk through a giant pearl gate to get into the Holy City. You will be able to do many of the same things that you can now do in this earthly body, and even more things and better. You won’t need to sleep, or want too, there will be too many exciting things going on. Some of us will probably need flying lessons for awhile because we might be flying into some walls and other structures, but you won’t get hurt or feel pain. In fact your new body will be like Jesus’s new body. “ Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3: 21).God puts the spirit into every baby at the time of conception. Here are some other good verses on this subject. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a descerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12). “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”(1 Thessalonians 4:16,17). The people that have already died and were saved at the time of death, their spirits have gone on to Heaven as the Bible tells us.To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8 ).The people in Heaven are awaiting their new bodies which they will get at the time of the Rapture, and so will all the saved who are still on earth at this time. All this will happen in the twinkling of an eye. “ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”(1 Corinthians 15:51,52). At the resurrection and the Rapture, the saved dead people’s bodies will be resurrected from the grave and immediately be changed into their new bodies, which will join with their spirit and live in Heaven together forever. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30). So keep winning souls for Jesus. That is the most important thing you can do in this life. Winning souls means you are winning people’s spirits who have a living body with an eternal spirit in them to Salvation and Heaven forever, and even though their body will someday perish their spirit will be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus at the Rapture, and they will be forever grateful to the Lord and to you for leading them to the Lord. Wow! what a joy that will be to meet those people in Heaven even if you did not personally win them to Jesus you helped make it possible by your prayers and support to the missionary that witnessed to them and the Lord will let them know. Did you know that the Angels in heaven rejoice every time there is a soul saved? (Luke 15:10). “we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (II Corinthians 5:8). Even if your body is blown into a zillion pieces, at the Rapture and Resurrection the Lord will gather every little piece together and resurrect your body in a twinkling of and eye, and change it into your new body which will join with your spirit in Heaven, where you will live with Jesus Christ forever.
If you want to go to Heaven someday, sincerely pray this simple prayer:
Jesus, I want to know you and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Savior. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.