Please post any thoughts that may be helpful. This is a question that I have had for a long time and is very interesting to me.
What is our spirit? I am going to offer some opening thoughts to get the discussion started.
The first result on Google is “the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul”. So we have our body and then a non-material part of us called the ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’. Some people believe the ‘soul’ and ‘spirit’ are separate things, but let’s not get too deep into the weeds on that one.
A few Biblical examples that clarify this relationship between the spirit and the body.
After Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter in Luke 8 it says:
They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
Her ‘spirit’ had apparently been somewhere else and then returned to her body. They are separate things.
Another verse that has always been interesting to me when thinking about the ‘spirit’ is from Ezekiel’s vision, where it says the following:
Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
Again - the spirit is what animates the physical object.
I hope those thoughts spark some discussion.
Joyce had asked whether we are a trinity in any sense like God. I think the answer to that is no. God is three Persons. We are one Person, though we have a physical and non-physical part. We are made in God’s image of course - but we are not triune in nature.
There are lots of rabbit trails in this question - but please focus on ‘What is our ‘spirit’’?
All thoughts, books, articles appreciated.