4/3 Say Hello to the Human Spirit as found in Total Wholeness!

In our previous post, we looked at some of the common definitions when talking about being a three part being: we live in a body, we have a soul but we really are a spirit being.  In this post we want to continue on this journey to Total Wholeness by setting out just what do we mean when we talk about the Human Spirit.


So what is ‘Human Spirit’ then?  In looking at other people’s opinions and studies, the question of the human spirit and the mind seemed to be jumbled up with the body, intermixed with passions or even ignored.  For the purpose of our Total Wholeness blog, let us define our ‘spirit’.

1.  The Word ‘spirit’ can be defined

The human spirit can be defined as the fundamental, intangible life force or principle of life that animates the physical body.  It is that part of us that will live forever, Matthew 25:41, 46, Galatians 6:8.  It was given by God and will return to God upon the body’s physical death, Ecclesiastes 12:7.

The term “human spirit” does not occur in Scripture.  The English word comes from Latin spiritus (“breath”) and is used to distinguish the spiritual apparatus for worship in humanity from God the Holy Spirit.

A definition of the term “spirit” would be the immaterial, non-corporeal substance as contrasted with the material body.  It is the vital principle or animating force within living beings, whether physical, ‘soulish’ or spiritual; that which makes one alive in some respect.  The spirit of a human being usually refers to or explains a level of consciousness.

The concepts of a person’s “spirit” and “soul” often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism,and “spirit” can also have the sense of “ghost”, i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

2.  The word ‘spirit’ in Scriptures

The word “spirit” when used in the Scriptures has several meanings. Whenever the word “Spirit” appears used with a capital letter, it has but one meaning. It is the name of the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God. The word “spirit” spelled with a small letter may have one of several different meanings.

It can have direct reference to the spirit of man which is as much a part of the tripartite nature of man as the Spirit of the living God is a Person of the Holy Trinity.  Or it can indicate an evil spirit such as any agent of the Devil.

The Holy Spirit is the source of the regeneration of the human spirit – John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”

Just as one feels/experiences the wind, but has difficulty defining it, we experience the workings/effects of the human spirit, but have difficulty defining its exact nature.

The “human spirit” is designed to receive impressions of outward and material things through the soul. The spiritual faculties of the ‘human spirit’ are Faith, Hope, Reverence, Prayer and Worship.   Words we might use to describe the ‘human spirit’ would include: a sense of energy, vivacity, ardour, enthusiasm or courage.



In doing the research for this part of the Blog, I can across many different ‘opinions’ as to what our spirit is.

Our personal spirit is not some amorphous, foggy, spooky thing like we see in the movies- sort of like Casper the Ghost.  Neither is our spirit an electrically charged wisp of smoke.

It is not: “……the human spirit is the person’s values based on the reasoning of the mind. So the spirit and mind intertwine.”  (This we would define as Heart)

“Spirit and Mind are the same. Spirit and body are the same. If you can define mind, you define spirit.”

“Our spirit derived from natural instincts that we (contrary to what society has manipulated us to believe), as humans, naturally harness.”  (or we would suggest this is your Conscience.)

“All human thought and action which promotes equality, freedom from oppression, natural justice and anything that enhances the triumph of love”.  (adapted from further.com – ‘General Questions’)

“…a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body.“  (huuummm too much like occult and ‘spiritism’.)

“Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state.”  (This is the functions of the Mind.)

“One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper.”  (This could refer to the emotions.)

 “Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a spectre; a ghost.”

The spirit is eternal since it came from the Creator.  Therefore the spirit will exist forever – wherever its ‘master’ is.  Since there are only two kingdoms, which ‘master’ we choose to belong to will claim us after the physical body dies.  However, we shall cover this topic on the human spirit in our next post.

Wow!  That was a lot of heavy jargon!  Well done if you read through all that!  However, it is important to set out some definition of what the ‘human spirit’ is.  As you can see the topic can get very complicated.  We shall try and simplify this very important part of your personality in our next post on ‘Where does your Spirit come from?’ and then onto the conditions of your spirit.

So come on back,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author




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