Ask a Pastor Column
October 13, 2022
Presenting biblical answers to tough questions
Q: What is a spirit? Is it different from your soul?
A: I might compare the terms “soul” and “spirit” to the terms “morals” and “ethics.” The two words can overlap in meaning and be basically synonymous (compare John 12:27, with John 13:21 for example). However, at other times they are distinct in usage and differences can be drawn between them (I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12).
Fundamentally, the word “spirit” is drawn from Hebrew and Greek words with the sense of wind or breath; something that is there but can’t...