Of What Is A Human Being Composed And What Are They?

(1 Thessalonians 5:23)

The Bible describes a human being as a tripartite (3-part) being composed of body, soul, and spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 states: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The body is the physical component of a human being in which the spirit is housed. When the spirit departs from the body, then that person is classified as dead (James 2:26).

In the Bible the words "soul" and "spirit" are sometimes used interchangeably for the same entity, that is, the spiritual component of man that will never die (Matthew 10:28). Sometimes these same two words are used interchangeably to define the "life principle".

The soul is defined in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 as the “life principle”. [NOTE: Please consult our question in the Q & A: Is There Any Proof That Animals Have Only Physical Bodies Because I Have Heard That Their Souls Are In Their Blood And We Need To Pour Out The Blood Before Cooking? for further information.]

The spirit is defined in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 as the spirit that God gives to a man (Ecclesiastes 12:7) which will continue to exist even after physical death (Psalm 16:8-11).



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