Our Spirit

QUESTION: “Where does a person’s spirit come from? When exactly does a person’s spirit leave his body, and when does he receive it? Please explain.”
ANSWER: Since the immortal (Revelation 6:9) soul (Matthew 10:28) or spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7) is a person’s most valued possession (Matthew 16:26), these questions deserve special attention. Consider briefly:
1. The spirit comes from God. The Scriptures teach that God is “the Father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9), “the God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 16:22), and that it is He who “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1).
2. The spirit is separated from the body at death. “…The body without the spirit is dead…” (James 2:26; cf. Acts 7:59; Luke 8:55).
3. The spirit is “knit” to the body at conception. Since the body without the spirit is dead, it follows then that the body with the spirit is alive. And since an infant’s body, small as it may be, is alive at conception (nine months before birth), we must conclude that God gives the soul at that time.

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