Spirit, Soul and Body (Pt1)

Understanding the principle of Spirit, Soul and Body, is the key to understanding how a believer can be 100% righteous all of the time. The Bible clearly says we have all three: 

1 Thes 5:23 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. (NKJV)

spirit soul and body

We ARE a spirit, we HAVE a soul, and we LIVE IN a body. This is very contrary to the worldly belief that we only have a body and mind (mind = soul). Let’s briefly look at each one.


The Spirit

When we are born again, our spirit becomes alive to God. Previously our spirit was in a dormant, dead state towards God, but alive to sin (we were IN sin): 

Eph 2: 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, (He) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (NKJV)

When we put our faith in Jesus, this old sinful nature is crucified (and buried) into death with Christ: 

Rom 6: 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him (NKJV)

and also: 

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (NKJV)

Now our spirit becomes alive to God: 

Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)

And here is the most amazing part: The moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ, our born-again spirit is created just as righteous as Jesus, perfectly holy and glorious, and has the very nature of Jesus Christ itself! The Father made Jesus to be sin in our place, so we could receive His righteousness as a free gift! 

2 Cor 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV)

Our reborn spirit is sometimes also called the “new man” or “inward man”:

Eph 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (NKJV, emphasis added)

This part of us can never change; it is made righteous for ever!

In Part 2 and Part 3 of this series about Spirit, Soul and Body, we will take a look at what happens to the Body and Soul at the moment of Salvation.


  1. But none of these verses say anything specifically about spirit, or soul, or body…

    1. Hi bb, the following verse mentions all three:

      1 Thes 5:23 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. (NKJV)

  2. .
    God is not a Trinity. Man is not a trinity. From Taylor’s book:

    According to the Word of God, God formed Man’s body from the dust of the ground, breathed God’s breath of life (spirit) into Man’s body, and Man came alive, became a living soul; that is, Body + Spirit = Soul. Genesis 2:7 shows that The Trinity is a false doctrine. The Trinity, or any trinity, has 3 equal parts. This equation accurately reflects Genesis 2:7, and it demonstrates that body, spirit, and soul are not 3 equal parts. This equation says that body and spirit are two parts each by itself, but the soul is not a part by itself, for the soul is dependent on the other two parts, body + spirit. Can a body exist by itself? Yes. Can a spirit exist by itself? Yes. Can a soul exist by itself? No. A soul needs both body and spirit in order to come into existence, as this verse explicitly says.

    Copyright © 2016-2017 Arthur Rain Taylor. All Rights Reserved.
    Body, Spirit, Soul – An Exposition of Genesis 2:7
    ISBN-10:0-9985753-1-3; ISBN-13:978-0-9985753-1-5
    20-pages essay, $2.99 at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, etc.

    1. Dear brother Enoch , it is so amazing to me that you base your allegations only on one scripture. Biblically speaking this equation does not make sense.
      1. if body+spirit= soul, how is it that God possesses a Soul? Matthew 12:18, Hebrews 10:38 and many more.

      2. if the soul is dependent on the two(body and spirit) how is it that a soul can still live or exist apart from the body? Acts2:27, Matthew 10:28, Revelation 6:9 Luke16:19-31

      3. a. You said the body can exist by itself and I wonder how? Since James 2:26 says that without the spirit the body is dead.
      b. And again you said the spirit can exist by itself. I wonder where? Because on the earth without a body a spirit has no business here. Mark 5:6-13 Hebrews 10:5 even Jesus needed a body to operate on earth.
      My beloved I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this word Soul in the Bible is used to mean many things, sometimes it means: life, a person or even spirit etc. So we have to pay attention on the context in which the word is used.

      The Bible demonstrate so strongly that a human being is a spirit that possesses a Soul which lives in a body.
      Hebrews 4:12 says enough proving that soul and spirit are two different things I hope you still gonna agree with me that you have a physical body if so then you have the 3 parts constituting the human being.
      There are so many scriptures that we can give to prove spirit soul and body. I hope the Spirit of God will enlighten you in Jesus Name and I let it be so
      Sincere regards.

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