In this frequently asked questions (FAQ) in the bible, we will answer the question what does the breath of life mean?
But before we go into this religious discourse proper, let us first and foremost outline the bible verse where we derive this FAQ.
Bible verse about the breath of life.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.(Genesis 2:7)
What the breath of life means.
The breath of life is simply the image and likeness of God in human beings, which is also known as the Spirit.
The bible confirms in John 4:24 that “God is a Spirit’. And this literally means that the physical human being is not the image and likeness of God.
In Genesis 1:26, before God went down to create mankind, He said: “let Us make man in our image and likeness”
And afterwards, he began by forming man from the dust of the earth, before finally blowing the breath of life into his nostrils for man to become a living being.
With this understanding, we can establish the fact that, the dust was just taken from the ground. And it wasnt a part of God.
But the breath of life is what came directly from God into the human kind. And immediately he receive it he began to live.
The dust of the ground vs the breath of life.
Now if we make a distinction between these two things that make up man i.e. the dust of the ground and the breath of life.
We will come to understand that ‘the dust of the ground’; is a non-living thing while ‘the breath of life is a living thing.
Because, if the breath of life is detached from the dust of the ground, it can never live again.
Therefore, we can now establish that our main self – the living being is not this physical body we see; but rather, the breath of life (Made in the image and likeness of God. Genesis 1:27), who lives inside it.
From here, therefore, we can further come to the understanding that, the dust of the ground is like a building structure (which you can call a house, temple, tent, tabernacle, etc.) that occupies the breath of life i.e. man as a living being.
This fact can be seen when God revealed to the Jews that He does not dwell in the house built with human hands, but rather, he moves about in tents and tabernacles;
“For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.2 Samuel 7:6.
Though most of them did not understand that, God was referring to the dust on the ground i.e. human bodies – a house built by His own hands.
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