What Makes A Person?

How would you define a “person”? I am not looking at male and female as much as I am looking at man as mankind, made up of male and female. And people in general are made up of individual “persons”. So how would you define a person? What makes someone a person?

The dictionary defines a person as an individual human being consisting of a body and soul. A person must be alive to be called a person according to the dictionary. And to be alive, the “person” needs the breath of life, the spirit part of man. The dictionary also continues defining a person as one, as man.

God defines us as man Genesis 2:7 KJV
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

By definition then, is God a “person”? No. Jesus explains God this way – John 4:21-26 KJV  “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
[22] Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
[23] But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
[24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
[25] The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
[26] Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”

Okay, if God is Spirit, how do you explain Jesus? Jesus said God is “a” Spirit in John 4 but look at  Isaiah 11:1-2 KJV
” And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
[2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord ;”

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV
” Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty.”

And look at Revelation where John writes what he sees in “heaven” –
Revelation 1:4-20 KJV  “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
[5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
[6] And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
[7] Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
[8] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
[9] I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
[10] I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
[11] Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
[12] And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
[13] And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
[14] His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
[15] And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
[16] And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
[17] And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
[18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
[19] Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
[20] The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”

Again, it is John who explains to us, who God is. 1 John 5:7 KJV  “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

We know from the gospel of John, the Word is defined –   John 1:1-3 KJV  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[2] The same was in the beginning with God.
[3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Notice scripture calls the Word, God, not ( a ) God like some religious organizations teach, but the Word is God. So going back to our question, what is a person?

God tells us he created man in his image, Genesis 1:26 KJV  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Notice the word “us” and in “our” image? Who is the “us” and who is the “our”? And look at the word “image”. What does the word image mean? Again, the dictionary defines image as a representation or simlitude. A copy or likeness. So if we look at what John tells us, God is Spirit, God is the Word and God is the Holy Ghost, and these three make up God as one, it is not difficult to understand how man has a spirit, a soul, and a body.

But man is a “person” and God is not, so how do we explain this? Remember in Genesis scripture tells us God formed man from the dust of the ground? Another words, God gave man a body. Not any body, but a body that would resemble him in a body, his image. Plus, this body would be able to live on the earth God just created. This body was not for living in heaven, but this body was for living on earth. It is no surprise then that once man’s earthly body dies that God has prepared a body for man to live in heaven.

And God not only formed man from the dust of the earth but he also made the animals from the dust of the earth

Genesis 2:7-20 KJV  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

[19] And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
[20] And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”

It is no surprise then to understand every time God showed himself to man, he showed himself in a body. Even the burning bush Moses saw –  was God’s power and glory  not God physically in a body. But God did show himself to Moses in  Exodus 33:21-23 KJV  “And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
[22] And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
[23] And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

God showed Moses, his back. God showing his back clearly means God was showing Moses himself in a body. This is the same body as Genesis 1:26, remember when we asked who us the “us” and who is “our”?

So going back to our question, what makes a person? If you take away a “person’s” mind, are they still a person? What if you take away a person’s body, are they still a person? If you remove someone’s spirit, are they still a person? What makes a person? Are dead people buried in graves people?

By definition, a person is a human being with a body, with a soul and with a spirit. Once a “person” dies in their earthly body, God gives them a new body. A body that can live in heaven or hell.

Colossians 3:4 KJV  “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

1 Corinthians 15:35-50 KJV  “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
[36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
[37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain :
[38] But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
[39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
[40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
[41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
[42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
[43] It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
[44] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
[45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
[46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
[47] The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
[48] As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
[49] And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Until next time.

An artist did this picture and based on Psalm he drew King David sitting near a tree. Can you see in the drawing, God watching David? Do you see the beard at the bottom arrow? Eyebrows at the second arrow and dove at the top arrow?  Just an outstanding drawing by the artist.

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