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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 be easily understood or detect...


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