Spirit Soul – Hebrew: Neshama

נשמה

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

The neshama seeks a relationship with its Creator. The neshama is self-aware and desires spiritual nourishment ‘like the deer pants for living water.’ This neshama gains wisdom from listening to the Word of God. 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.

“Then Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [neshama], so that he became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

“For I will not fight them forever or always nurse my anger; otherwise their spirits [neshama] would faint before me, the creatures I myself have made” (Isaiah 57:16).

“Let everything that has breath [neshama] praise Adonai! Halleluyah!” (Psalm 150:6).

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 restoration of mankind it is necessary to put to death the carnal old man of the flesh and become a ‘new creation.’

In the garden, the neshama – the spiritual man ruled over the flesh man (nefesh). When Adam sinned, this soul/spirit relationship flip-flopped. The flesh man (nefesh) began to rule over the spiritual man (neshama).

Even though we are born again of the Ruach and water, as long as we are living in this fallen world, there will always be a spiritual battle between the nefesh and the neshama. The Ruach haKodesh was poured out to give each of us the power to keep the neshama ruling over our flesh (nefesh) desires.

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, 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).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Nun is a picture of a Fish and means ‘life’

Shin is as picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume’

Mem is a picture of Water and means ‘mighty’ or ‘to come from’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘reveal’

neshama means ‘the life consumed by the mighty revealed

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