“Then Yahweh said, ‘Let Us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So Yahweh created mankind in His own image, in the image of Yahweh He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
“I will make My dwelling among you, and My Soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people.” Leviticus 26:11-12
“May Yahweh Himself, the God of Peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Master Yahshua.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
We can see from the Scriptures that Yahweh created man in His own image, in His likeness, and that Yahweh also has a Soul.
The structure of a person is Body-Soul-Spirit. Human nature is revealed as a tripartite (consisting of three parts). Technically speaking, we are a Spirit, we have a Soul and we live in a Body. Now specifically, the soul is comprised of the Intellect-Emotion-Will. It usually describes the inner person.
The root Hebrew word is ‘nephesh’, the same word used to describe how man became a ‘living soul’. Although it is commonly rendered as ‘soul’ in English translations, the word refers to the tangible aspects of life, and human beings and animals are both described as having a nephesh. The word ‘nephesh’ occurs in Genesis 1:20, 21, 24, 30; 2:7.
We also see it mentioned that Yahweh has a Soul in Jeremiah 5:9, 5:29, 6:8, 9:9, 32:41; Zechariah 11:8; Matthew 12:18; Isaiah 42:1.
When we die, our souls and spirits return to Yahweh for judgement, for it is He Who gave us life, and only He can destroy the soul and spirit; they belong to Him:
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return to Yahweh Who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One Who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
Our human body is operated by a spirit — the spirit is the Breath of Yahweh, breathed into man to give him life; it gives life and movement to the flesh. You are a spirit, you have a soul and a body.
In death, a person’s soul and spirit leave the body and enter the spiritual world/dimension.
When Stephen, a righteous man, was being stoned to death, he prayed to Yahweh to receive his soul, which was to be taken away:
“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the Glory of Yahweh, and Yahshua standing at the right Hand of Yahweh. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right Hand of Yahweh.’ At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.” Acts 7:55-58
“While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Master Yahshua, receive my soul.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Father, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:59-60
The human spirit is an exact replica of your body. It grows… but does not age.
The spirit feeds on oxygen to live, without it the body becomes a motionless vessel — when the spirit disconnects from the body. The spirit is weightless.
The body is the house of the spirit and the soul; life is in the blood. Dead bodies lose or stop pumping blood.
“For the life of every creature is its blood; its blood is its life. Therefore, I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.'” Leviticus 17:14
The soul is energy and energy cannot be naturally created or naturally destroyed. Only Almighty Yahweh, Who created the universe and everything in it, can create and destroy the soul or any energy in the universe.
The soul weighs 21 grammes — this is the mass lost by a human body when the soul departs the body upon death.
(Animals have spirits but no souls.)
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14