This is the fifth excerpt from Soulbook. Look for more each Saturday! Soulbook will be published by Enwrightened Publications in 2014! Stay tuned for more details.
Where does the Soul originate?
So, where did you come from? You may have heard comments like, “We are products of our environment.” Or “You are your mother/father made over.” But, is this where we get who we are? Are we just inheriting out attributes from our parents or our upbringing? Are we only as good as our experiences? Or is there something more fundamentally amazing to who we are? One of the first Biblical mentions as to our origination is found in Genesis 2: 7 “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” The words “living creature” in this passage are from the Hebrew “nephesh chayyah” which is literally translated as “soul breathers”. So God gave us a Soul. He imbued us with something special and life-giving. Therein lies a profound mystery that we will explore more deeply in Chapter 4.
So, what does your Soul look like? True, we cannot see Souls here in this life. We live in a physical realm that only allows us to sense with our physical senses. But, what would we see through spiritual lenses? Genesis 1:26-27 gives us a clue: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Indeed, we are created in God’s own image, but what does that mean? Another great mystery awaits telling and while we may never see the answer in this life, the Bible gives some extremely important and compelling clues as to the meaning of being image-bearers of God. We’ll talk more about this is Chapters 4, 11, and 12.
Our Souls are immortal, so they necessarily require an immortal, eternal, and most importantly, infinite source. God is that source and He gives us that eternal nature as a result. “God is spirit…” as highlighted in John 4:24 lends solidity to the understanding of spirit being born from spirit, soul from soul. Our Soul originates with someone who can make a Soul, and that person is God. Most importantly, as God is a Soul/Spirit, we are also Souls and not bodies. You, yourself are an everlasting being with infinite value.