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Spirit and soul is often used interchangeably in dialogue and believed to be one in the same. Among various religious concepts, specifically in realm of Christianity, there is a distinct difference.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The verse illustrates a three-part composition: the physical, or the body; the spirit; and then the soul.

But some consider the spirit and soul to be one entity, defined as our “essence” or being. Since these components are not part of the physical world, they are both part of a higher dimension.

The constant exchange between the words “soul” and “spirit” often have to do with the context in which they are used. We always hear phrases such as: “the spirit of the holidays,” “soulful music,” “Her spirit lives on,” or “baring your soul.”

These phrases express attitudes and feelings towards our own humanity.

But biblically, there are parallels drawn between the Holy Trinity – The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and our spiritual makeup.

All our connected, but each are of their own design, that represent and perform various roles. Each is part of a whole, as if one cannot function or live without the other.

Consider how we are able to see or dream of people that have passed on. How are we able to conceptualize and understand that realm if we are not of it?

It is said that the spirit is what we have and the soul is what we are.

Is there truly a difference? Provide your thoughts below.

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