Soul/Spirit – Hebrew: Neshama


When Elohim breathed the ‘breath’ of life into Adam, it was His ‘breath,’ his ‘holy wind’ or the Ruach haKodesh. This ‘breath of life’ spirit/soul is called the neshama. The neshama set mankind apart from the animals nullifying the whole idea of evolution.

The neshama seeks a relationship with its Creator. The neshama is self-aware and seeks divine nourishment ‘like the deer pants for living water.’ This neshama gains wisdom from listening to the voice of God. Sadly, for Adam and Chavah, they sinned against Elohim by listening to their fleshly desires and lost the ability to ‘hear’ His voice. Consequently, we are all born without that ability.

“But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it” (Numbers 14:24).

Caleb had a different ‘spirit’ and followed God fully. This meant that his neshama was alive through the Ruach haKodesh. He heard the voice of God and obeyed.

After the fall in the Garden of Eden, the neshama of man had to be restored. This was why the Ruach haKodesh had to be poured out. To begin the full restoration of mankind, to put to death the ‘carnal,’ ‘flesh,’ ‘old man’ in order to become a ‘new creation.’

One of my Bible teachers explained saying that in the garden the neshama – the spiritual man ruled over the nefesh – the flesh man. When Adam sinned, there was a flip-flop. The nefesh began to rule over the neshama. Though we may be born again of the Ruach and water, in this life we will always be in a spiritual battle between the nefesh and the neshama. The Ruach haKodesh was poured out so that we would have the power to keep the neshama ruling.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Nun is a ‘fish’ and means ‘life’

Shin is a ‘tooth’ and means ‘change’ or Shekinah, the Divine Presence

Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘mighty’ or ‘to come from’

Hey is a ‘window’ and means ‘reveal’

Neshama means ‘reveal the mighty life change to the divine‘ (taking the ‘flesh man’ and making him a ‘spiritual man’

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self [nefesh] with its evil practices, and have put on the new self [neshama] who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him...” (Colossians 3:9-10 NASB).

“In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self [nefesh], which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit [neshama] of your mind, 24 and put on the new self…” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

“It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures [nefesh], and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now [neshama], in this age …” (Titus 2:12).

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