The Physical Nature of the Holy Spirit
Our lesson begins looking at the physical nature
of the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost).
Let's first see how the scriptures define a
"spirit." We begin by looking at what is
NOT a spirit.
When Jesus was risen by God from the dead, He
appeared to His disciples. At first they were
startled, thinking that they had seen a spirit or
ghost. It was important for Jesus to show them
that what they were seeing was NOT a spirit:
while they were telling these things, He Himself
(Jesus) stood in their midst. 37 But they
were startled and frightened and thought that they
were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to
them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise
in your hearts? 39 "See My hands and My
feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a
spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that
I have." 40 And when He had said this, He
showed them His hands and His feet. 41
And while they still could not believe it for joy
and were marveling, He said to them, "Have you
anything here to eat?" 42 And they gave
Him a piece of a broiled fish;
43 and He
took it and ate it before them. Luke 24:36-43 (NAS)
According to Luke 24:39, a spirit or ghost does
NOT have what?
- The ability to make any sound.
- A body of flesh and bones.