Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 22:20; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 3:10
Our Make-Up: We are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body!
Paul speaks of our triune-ness when he connects the body, soul and the spirit “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and again, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
This one is a little more tricky “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20). I would like to suggest the you that Paul is speaking about is the spirit YOU!
The Body (Greek, "soma")
This is the entire material or physical structure of a human being -- it is the physical part of a person.
The Soul (Greek, "psyche") Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a "living soul." The soul consists of the mind which includes the conscience, imagination, the will and the emotions. The soul and the spirit are mysteriously connected and make up what the Scriptures call the heart."
When the scriptures speak of your heart it's not references your (heart) organ, but the core or center of our existence. Proverbs speaks of the this when its says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart" Proverbs 3:5. and again "Keep the heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" Pro. 4:23. Jesus even spoke of it; Settle therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer" Luke 21:14. The heart is the center of our being, some have suggested that its location is in the abdominal area. what we call the "pit"
Now back to the "soul" Our natural (psuchikos -- soulish) man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Cor. 2:14 NASB). Warning, we must never be led by our souls!
The Spirit (Greek " Pneuma") In Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron, "…fell upon their faces and said, 'O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will you be angry with the entire congregation?'" This verse names God as the God of the spirits that are possessed by all humanity. Notice also that it mentions the flesh body) of all mankind, connecting it with the spirit.
The spirit and soul are forever connected and can only be separated by the Lord;
"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
We see in this passage that the soul and spirit can be divided -- and that it is the Word of God that pierces our heart to bring the division of soul and spirit, this is something that only God can do. As human beings, we live eternally as a spirit, we have a soul, and we dwell in a body.
The Psalmist declared,
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well" (Ps. 139:13-14 NASB).
So let's rejoice with the Psalmist!