The Soul in the Bible

August 8, 2023
The Soul in the Bible

1. What is Man Made up of?

A lot of unbelievers and even some believers have a belief that the soul does not exist, however, there are many teachings in the Bible that testify about the existence of the soul.  According to the Bible, a human being is made of the body which is represented as the dust, and the soul which is represented as the breath of life. Once a man dies, the soul continues to exist. Let us study about this in detail.

Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

As recorded in the Bible, man was created with the dust of the ground and the breath of life. These two represent the body and the soul. If a body exists without the soul, it cannot be referred to as a human being. Next, let us see what happens to the body and the soul at death.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 … and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

At death, the body returns to the ground where it came from. This is why corpses are buried at burial ceremonies. The Bible further explains that the Spirit returns to God who gave it, in other words, when the soul is separated from the body, it continues to exist even in the Spiritual world. Death simply means that the body and the soul are separated, not that the soul ceases to exist.

2. The Soul Exists after Death.

Our Heavenly Father taught about the existence of the soul through various examples and teachings. Let us have a look at some of his teachings in the Bible.

Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

The words ‘Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul’, imply that the soul can exist both in the body and out of the body. Even though someone dies, only their body disappears but their soul continues to exist outside the body. Let us have a look at another example from the Bible.

Job 19:25-26 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.

Job explained that his soul continues to exist apart from the body, which means, even after death, his soul still lives. Through these few examples, we can clearly see that the soul continues to exist even after death.

3. Spiritual Life and Physical Life.

Let’s think more thoroughly, about the fact that the Bible testifies to the existence of the soul even after death. It means we have two types of lives. Just as we have the physical life that we live here on earth, we have a spiritual life as well. This is the life we will live once we enter the Spiritual world.

Hebrews 12:9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

In the verse above, the Bible spoke about two types of fathers, that is our human fathers and the Father of our spirits. Our human bodies which live a short life span here on earth are given by our physical fathers and our spiritual body which we will live forever in the eternal world is given by our spiritual Father.

1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

The Bible says, if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body as well. While living in this body, we have the natural body, however, if we receive salvation and enter the eternal Kingdom of heaven, we will put on our spiritual body there. God promised us all the inheritance of the eternal world (Rev 21: 1, 4). Since all this is promised to us, let us think of which is important between the two lives that we have.

1 Kings 17:21-22 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

When the boy’s soul left him, he died, however, when it returned to him, he could live again. Through this example alone, we can see that our soul is what matters the most. Without the soul, the body is useless. Since our soul is very important, we should spend all the days of our lives doing the will of God more than indulging in the pleasures of this world.

4. Our Soul will be Judged According to our Deeds.

When we die, our souls will have to be judged based on the kinds of lives we lived on the earth. There will be souls that will be given salvation as a reward, but there will also be souls that will be judged according to the sins committed while living on the earth.

Revelation 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

The dead that the Apostle John spoke about refers to the souls of the people who died physically yet their souls continued to exist after death. This shows that our souls continue to exist even after death. These are the souls that will be judged according to our deeds.  Since our souls will receive judgment one day, what type of life ought we to live?

We already left the kingdom of Heaven because of our sins and iniquities. God gave us an opportunity to come to the earth and live a life of repentance. With this in mind, we should not live our lives for this physical world but rather live for the eternal world that is waiting for us. If we do this, God will acknowledge us in Heaven as His loving children and will grant us the blessings of the eternal world. Don’t you want to enter the eternal world of happiness? The choice is yours.