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Jesus Taught Us About the
The concept of "spirit" became clearer in the New Testament.
Matt. 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."
In this verse, Jesus describes the same creation process as in Genesis chapter two, revealing the separation between the death of the body [the dust] and the death of the spirit.
The Greek word for soul in this verse is "pneuma," which means "spirit."
John 4:24 "God is spirit [pneuma]."
2 Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord [Jesus] is the Spirit [pneuma].
Heb. 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits [pneuma]...?
God is spirit and doesn't belong in the flesh. Jesus is spirit and doesn't belong in the flesh. Angels are also spirits who do not belong in the flesh. Thus, a man's death can be separated into two events: the death of the flesh and the death of the spirit. The devil, or another man, can kill our body, but it is only God who can destroy our spirit.
The Apostle Paul, in a letter to the Church in Corinth, wrote as follows:
1 Cor. 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit [pneuma] within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit [pneuma] of God.
Jesus taught us that the true essence of our life is not our flesh, but our spirit.