Chapter 4 – Our Personal Body, Soul and Spirit

The Soul Resides in the Blood

As stated earlier in this chapter, our physical body is merely a 'container' (or vessel) that enables our inner man to move about upon the face of the Earth in the physical world and in time.

(1 Thes 4:3-6) "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: {4} That every one of you should KNOW HOW TO POSSESS HIS VESSEL [of his or her physical body] in sanctification and honour [while on the Earth]..."

The Bible states that our inner man is otherwise known as our soul. Scripture indicates that our soul resides within the blood of our bodies. This means that wherever blood is found, a particular part of our soul resides in that area also:

(Lev 17:11) "For the life of the flesh [meaning, our personal ‘soul’] is in the blood...for it is the blood [of an innocent substitute victim poured out to God] that maketh an atonement for the [sins of the human] soul.”

Referring to Jesus and the blood He poured out for our sins, the prophet Isaiah said:

(Isa 53:12)"...because He   [Jesus] hath POURED out His soul [His blood, His life] unto death..."

From this verse, it can be inferred that as Jesus “poured out His soul” when the soldier pierced His side after His death (John 19:34), everybody’s soulresides in their blood.  Therefore, as a ship resides in the sea, the illustration here can be similarly related to the soul residing wherever blood is found in the human body.

Figure 4 illustrates the basis of how the human soul is created after two parents have initiated a pregnancy.  It is believed that approximately twenty days after gestation takes place, blood is formed within the fetus, and the heart begins to pump blood.  It is at this point where God places the human spirit of the child into the tiny fetus and it is during this union of spirit with fetal material that blood is formed, and another living soul is created upon the Earth.

Fig 4 - Living Soul

Figure 4 – The Creation of the ‘Living Soul’

If we were able to see our soul, it would appear in the spirit world with the same physical features as we have in the world today, although we would appear transparent.  This is presumed on the basis that as blood flows throughout our body, the soul must take the spiritual shape and appearance of each person's physical body back into the spirit world after death.  When our body can no longer sustain life and we die, our soul (or inner man) departs our physical body and goes to either Heaven or Hell.  Here, as scripture states, the various souls will be able to recognize other souls whom they knew on the Earth, as illustrated by Jesus in the verses of scripture below..

(Luke 16:22-25) "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and [his inner man or soul] was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom [or ‘Paradise’]: the rich man also died, and [his outer man] was buried [in the grave]; {23} And in hell he [the rich man’s soul] lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. {24} And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. {25} But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."

View Extracts of Book Contents

Chapter 1 - The Bible and its Purpose for Mankind

Chapter 2 - The Generations of the Earth

Chapter·3 - The Spirit World and How it Functions

Chapter·4 - Our Personal Body, Soul and Spirit

Chapter·5 - How Does a Christian 'Walk in the Spirit'

Chapter 6 - Conclusion