What Science Can't Discover About The Human Mind
Herbert W. Armstrong
Will any human person still be alive on this earth in
another five or ten years? The number one problem we all
face today is that of HUMAN SURVIVAL! WHY has the human
mind produced such AWESOME modern progress, yet remains
HELPLESS in the face of such appalling EVILS? The answer
to this baffling enigma lies in the HUMAN MIND. In the
following pages you will learn what psychologists and
scientists do not know about the HUMAN MIND!
Now the second half of I
Corinthians 2:11: "EVEN SO" (in like manner) no man can
know -- have knowledge of, understand or comprehend -- the things
of GOD, except by ANOTHER spirit, the Holy Spirit of GOD.
Just as no dumb animal can know the things of man's knowledge, neither could man, by brain alone, except by the spirit of man -- the human spirit -- that is in man. So also, in the same manner, even a man cannot know -- comprehend -- the things of God, unless or until he receives another spirit -- the Holy Spirit of GOD.
Stated still another way, all humans have from birth a spirit called "the spirit of man" which is IN THEM. Notice carefully that this spirit is NOT the man. It is something IN THE MAN. A man might swallow a small marble. It is then something in the man, but it is not the man or any part of him as a man. The man was made of the dust of the ground -- mortal. This human spirit is not the soul. It is something IN the soul which itself IS the physical MAN.
Notice, further, verse 14: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
So, from birth, God gives US one spirit, which for lack of a better term I call a human spirit. It gives us MIND power which is not in animal BRAIN. Yet that MIND power is limited to knowledge of the physical universe. WHY? Because knowledge enters the human mind ONLY through the five physical senses.
But notice that God had not completed the creation of MAN at the creation of Adam and Eve. The physical creation was completed. They had this "human" spirit at their creation.
But now must follow the spiritual creation. This required a second spirit in man -- the HOLY SPIRIT of God.
"And the [ETERNAL] God formed man of the dust of the ground ... and planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the [ETERNAL] God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil" (Gen. 2:7-9).
Actually and literally, Adam, as yet, was "not all there." The spirit of man was in him -- but not the Spirit of God. God offered him freely the fruit of the TREE OF LIFE -- which symbolized God's HOLY SPIRIT. Taking of the tree of LIFE would have done two things: (1) opened his MIND to comprehend spiritual knowledge, and (2) imparted within him the GIFT of God's Holy Spirit, leading to ETERNAL LIFE. But, when God explained to him the KINGDOM OF GOD, Adam disbelieved what God said and disobeyed -- SINNED. Then what?
"And the [ETERNAL] God said ... and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the [ETERNAL] God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" (Gen. 3:22-24).
Now GRASP THIS, please!
Do not forget God's great PURPOSE! Through human man, composed of material substance, God is reproducing Himself -- adding to His own holy, righteous, sinless GOD FAMILY. But God is composed of SPIRIT. How does God bridge the gap between mortal physical MAN and immortal SPIRIT-composed God?
The very first human had made the wrong choice, and by SIN rejected the GOVERNMENT OF GOD. God then drove him out of the garden of Eden and blocked all possible reentry to the tree of life. But of course God anticipated the probability of this. God's PURPOSE must STAND! But HOW?
It now required the "second Adam" -- Jesus Christ. He had offered Himself before the world was. But He was not to come, born human for the purpose of death, for about another 4,000 years.
God had marked out a 7,000-year period -- the first 6,000 for mankind, cut off from God (with a few exceptions), to go his own way -- to write the lesson in human suffering and anguish of living contrary to GOD'S WAY OF LIFE, commanded by THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD -- which Adam rejected.
This 6,000 years, with Satan still here, would be followed by a single 1,000 years, during which CHRIST would rule, having qualified to restore THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD on earth. Satan would be totally restrained during the seventh millennium.
During that seventh millennium, the KINGDOM OF GOD -- the RULING FAMILY OF GOD -- would be established on earth.
Meanwhile, during the first 6,000 years, a FEW would be offered opportunity to enter into the spiritual creation, which begins with the receiving of the SECOND SPIRIT -- that is, the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT of God. Outside of this comparative few, God adopted a "hands-off" policy toward the human race. Abel, Adam's second son, apparently followed God's way, for Christ called him "righteous Abel." Enoch "walked with God." Noah found favor with God -- but apparently that was all during the first 1,900 years or so.
After the Flood, Abraham, Isaac, Israel, and Joseph lived God's way. Then God called and formed the nation of Israel, but they were offered no spiritual salvation or eternal life -- only material and national blessings. God called and used a few prophets. Then Christ came and made spiritual salvation possible for all. Yet only the first comparatively very small spiritual harvest has been called to spiritual salvation during the nearly 2,000 years since Christ.
Human Reproduction the Type of God's Reproducing Himself
Few people realize that human
reproduction has a sacred and GOD- PLANE MEANING NOT APPLICABLE
TO ANY OTHER KIND OF LIFE.
Human reproduction pictures spiritual salvation -- which is actually God the Father reproducing Himself in the GOD FAMILY.
Now see the ASTOUNDING comparison!
MAN, remember, is composed wholly of MATTER from the ground (Gen. 2:7 and 3:19). But HOW can God bridge the gap, in reproducing Himself, of converting a wholly physical man into a wholly Spirit-composed member of the GOD FAMILY?
It starts with a spirit (a portion of spirit essence) IN the wholly physical man. Remember, this spirit is NOT the man -- only something IN the man. Remember, too, this spirit cannot see, hear, or think. The MAN sees, hears, and thinks through his physical brain and the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling. The spirit in man imparts the power of PHYSICAL INTELLECT the physical brain, thus forming human MIND.
This spirit acts, among other things, as a computer, adding to the brain the psychic and intellectual power. Knowledge received in the brain through the eye, ear, and the senses is immediately "programmed" into the spirit computer. All memory is stored in this spirit computer. This "computer" gives the brain instant recall of whatever portion of millions of bits of knowledge may be needed in the reasoning process. That is to say that MEMORY is recorded in the human spirit, whether or not it also is recorded in the "gray matter" of BRAIN.
This human spirit also adds to man a spiritual and moral faculty not possessed by animals.
God had made the needed second spirit -- the HOLY SPIRIT -- available to Adam. But on Adam's rebellion and taking the forbidden fruit, God had driven Adam out and closed all access to the tree of LIFE -- symbolic of His Holy Spirit.
Yet through Christ, a repentant humanity may yet receive God's GIFT of His Holy Spirit. To Nicodemus Christ said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Of course Nicodemus could not quite understand that. Almost nobody today understands it. Jesus explained, "That which is born of the flesh IS FLESH, and that which is born of the Spirit IS SPIRIT" (John 3:6). Man came from the ground. He IS flesh. Jesus was not talking about another physical birth or experience of conversion in this life -- but about a spiritual birth -- when man shall BE Spirit, no longer composed of matter, but composed wholly of SPIRIT! Yes, LITERALLY! Then he shall have been born of God. God is Spirit (John 4:24, RSV).
Now to become human, each of us had to be begotten by his human father. Likewise, to be born again -- of THE SPIRIT which is of GOD the Father, one must first be begotten of the SPIRITUAL FATHER -- of GOD.
This is explained in Romans 8:16-17: "The Spirit [of God] itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the [begotten] children of God: and if children, then heirs [not yet inheritors or possessors]; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ ...."
And God's Holy Spirit, now combined with our human spirit in the human MIND, does two things: (1) begets the human with divine eternal life to be later BORN into the GOD FAMILY as a Divine Being, then composed wholly of Spirit; (2) imparts to the human mind power to comprehend SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE -- to understand the things of God (I Cor. 2:11). Also God's Holy Spirit imparts divine LOVE, FAITH, and POWER to overcome Satan and sin.
This Spirit-begotten Christian now has, conditionally, the PRESENCE OF ETERNAL LIFE -- GOD LIFE -- within him (or her), but He is NOT YET an immortal SPIRIT BEING -- not yet composed wholly of SPIRIT.
He is now an heir of God as the son of a wealthy man is the heir of his father -- but NOT YET "born again," -- NOT YET an inheritor or a possessor. But IF His Holy Spirit dwells in us, God will, at Christ's coming back to earth as King of kings, "quicken" to immortality our mortal bodies BY His Spirit that dwells in us (Rom. 8:11; I Cor. 15:49-53).
Now see how the astonishing analogy continues:
Just as in human reproduction, the impregnated embryo, which later becomes the fetus, is not yet BORN, but still being nourished through the human mother; so the begotten Christian is not yet BORN into the God Family. The divine life has merely been begotten.
Satan has managed to deceive most of fundamentalist Christianity into believing they already are "born again" on accepting Christ.
But just as in human reproduction when the Human characteristics of form and shape and the human body and brain gradually begin to form during the period of gestation, so now the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY character of God begins to take form and GROW.
Actually in many, this Divine character may form so slowly it seems hardly in evidence at first, except that in some there will appear the glow of that ecstasy of spiritual "romance" -- which may radiate in that "first love" of spiritual conversion. But, so far as growing in SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE (II Pet. 3:18) and spiritual CHARACTER goes, most of that is still to be learned and developed.
When newly converted, one is now a spiritual "Emissary." Now he must be nourished and fed on Spiritual FOOD. Jesus said man must not live by bread (physical food) alone, but by EVERY WORD OF GOD. The BIBLE is the written Word of God, just as Christ is the personal Word of God. This growth is the character development that REQUIRES TIME and comes largely by EXPERIENCE. Above all, it requires continual BIBLE STUDY to show ONE'S SELF approved of God, as well as much continual and earnest PRAYER. When you study the Bible, GOD is TALKING TO YOU. When you PRAY, you are TALKING TO HIM. You get to really KNOW God in this manner, just as you become better acquainted with people by conversation.
Yet much of this spiritual character development comes through Christian fellowship with other spiritually begotten people in God's Church.
Further, just as the human physical embryo and fetus are given physical nourishment through the human mother, God's CHURCH is the spiritual MOTHER of its members. God's Church is called "Jerusalem above, which is the MOTHER of us all" (Gal. 4:26).
Notice the exact parallel. God has set called and chosen ministers in His Church to feed the flock, "for the perfecting of the saints, for THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY [proclaiming Christ's gospel of the Kingdom of God in all the world], for the edifying of the body [Church] of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:12-13).
It is the duty of Christ's true ministers (and how few today) to PROTECT the begotten but yet unborn saints from false doctrines and from false ministers!
What a wonderful picture of God's reproducing Himself is human reproduction!
And remember God intended human reproduction to be a FAMILY matter. It adds human children to the human FAMILY. The HUMAN FAMILY is the exact TYPE of the GOD FAMILY. God has bestowed MARRIAGE and FAMILY life on NO OTHER form of life except on HUMANS, whose potential it is to enter the FAMILY OF GOD! But consider further! As the physical human fetus must grow physically large enough to be born, so the begotten Christian must grow spiritually in grace and knowledge of Christ (II Pet. 3:18) -- must overcome, develop in spiritual character, during this life, to be born into the Kingdom of God!
That is well illustrated by the parables of the pounds and the talents. In the parable of the pounds (Luke 19:11-27), Jesus pictured Himself as a nobleman going to a far country (heaven) to receive a kingdom and later to return. He called his ten servants and gave each a pound. While He was gone, one of the ten traded with the money and gained ten pounds. He was commended and made ruler over ten cities in the Kingdom of God. A second gained only five pounds -- he did half as well, starting with EQUAL ability. He was given reign over five cities. A third gained NOTHING -- and had even that pound taken from him.
In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), one was given five talents, another two talents, and another one -- each according to his own ability (like handicap golf). On Christ's return, the one who had been given five talents had gained five more (representing spiritual growth and overcoming in this life). He was commended as a good and faithful servant and given responsibilities accordingly in God's Kingdom. The one who had gained another two accomplished just as much in proportion to ability. He, too, received an equal reward. But the one who had been given the one did NOTHING WITH IT. In other words, in his Christian life here and now, he did not overcome, he did not grow spiritually -- he developed no character. The pounds or talents in these two parables represent the initial measure of God's Holy Spirit given at conversion. But as the Spirit begotten person is continually led by the Holy Spirit -- following where God's Spirit opens his understanding, growing in spiritual knowledge and overcoming -- the measure of God's Spirit in him increases. But Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit -- not by measure (John 3:34). The parables show that the convert who does not GROW in Spirit and character development will lose out! He represents one who "RECEIVED CHRIST" and considered he was already "born again" but did not think he needed to overcome, grow spiritually, or develop spiritual character. He thought he was "already saved." He said he didn't believe in salvation by "works."
What he didn't realize is that while salvation is a FREE GIFT, we are REWARDED according to our works (Matt. 16:27). But by doing NOTHING, he lost not ONLY the reward, but he lost out on the free GIFT of eternal life.
Christ's answer to such, when He returns with the KINGDOM OF GOD, is, "Thou wicked and slothful servant .... Take therefore the talent from him .... And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." He failed utterly in God's real PURPOSE -- reproducing in us the holy, righteous CHARACTER that we may receive from God.
Many have been deceived into a FALSE "salvation."
To conclude the parallel: As the physical fetus gradually develops the physical features, organs and characteristics one by one, even so the begotten Christian must develop the SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES during this life, one by one, love, faith, Spiritual knowledge, patience, gentleness, kindness, and temperance. He must be a DOER of the Word of God. The fetus that fails to grow would die and never be born!
Bridging the Gap
Finally, HOW has God planned to
"bridge the gap" from physical to spiritual composition
-- to reproduce Himself out of PHYSICAL HUMANS THAT COME FROM THE
First, God put IN the physical MAN a "human" spirit. It is NOT, however, the human spirit that makes the decisions, comes to repentance, or builds the character. As I have emphasized, this spirit does not impart life, cannot see, hear, feel or think. It empowers the PHYSICAL MAN, through his BRAIN, to do these things. But this spirit RECORDS every thought -- every bit of knowledge received through the five senses and it records whatever character -- good or bad -- that is developed in human life.
The human MAN is made literally from CLAY. God is like the master potter forming and shaping a vessel out of clay. But if the clay is too hard, it will not bend into the form and shape he wants. If it is too soft and moist, it lacks firmness to "STAY PUT" where the potter bends it.
Notice in Isaiah 64:8: "But now, O [ETERNAL], thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
Yet God has given each of us a MIND OF HIS OWN. If one REFUSES to acknowledge God or God's ways -- refuses to repent of the wrong and turn to the right, God cannot take him and create Godly character in him. But the human CLAY must be pliable, must yield willingly. If the human stiffens up and resists, he is like clay that is too dry and stiff. The potter can do nothing with it. It will not give and bend. Also, if he is so lacking in will, purpose, and determination that he won't "stay put" when God molds him partly into what God wants him to be -- too wishy-washy, weak, lacking root of character, he will never endure to the end. He will lose out.
We are, in truth, the WORK OF HIS HANDS. Yet WE ourselves must do our part in this spiritual development. If we lazily neglect Bible study and prayer -- or if we let other material interests become more important and we NEGLECT such great salvation, we lose out.
But if we have the strength of character to YIELD, OF OUR OWN WILL to put ourselves in God's hands, HE will instill within us His SPIRIT and by it His righteousness -- His character -- open our minds to His spiritual knowledge. We have to WANT IT! We have to work AT IT! We have to PUT IT FIRST, above all else.
It must be GOD'S righteousness, for all of OURS is like filthy rags to Him. He continually instills His knowledge, His righteousness, His character within us -- IF we diligently seek it and want it. BUT WE HAVE OUR VERY IMPORTANT PART IN IT. Then all credit goes to GOD.
As we receive the CHARACTER OF GOD through the Holy Spirit of God, more and more God is REPRODUCING HIMSELF IN us.
Finally, in the resurrection, we shall be as God -- in a position where we cannot sin, because we ourselves have set it so and have turned FROM sin and have struggled and struggled AGAINST sin and overcome sin.
God's PURPOSE WILL be accomplished!
WHY Made From Material Substance?
Once again, STOP AND THINK!
WHY did God choose to make MAN out of physical matter instead of Spirit? He made angels out of Spirit.
Remember God's PURPOSE is to reproduce Himself! His Divine children are to be begotten of Him and then BORN into His God Family. Christ, our pioneer, was begotten by the Father in a manner no one else ever was, when conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary. He was the begotten (the ONLY begotten, in that manner) Son of God from human conception and birth. He is already the FIRSTBORN of many brethren (Rom. 8:29), born a Son of God by a resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4), as we may be later.
To show the preeminence above angels that is already Christ's and also is our potential, remember we are joint-heirs with Christ, and God says of Christ, "being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?" (Heb. 1:4-5.) In the book of Job angels are spoken of as sons of God in chapters 1, 2, and 38, but only as created "sons." Still, as in Hebrews 1, God never said to them, "You are my own begotten sons." But when we humans receive the Holy Spirit of God, we do become His begotten sons and His heirs, to receive by inheritance His NAME -- just as my begotten sons inherited my name.
When we are BORN of God, we shall BE Spirit. Then why did God form man in the first place of material substance out of the earth?
I have partially answered that question already. Angels, being spirit, are immortal. Those who sinned shall go on bearing their punishment forever. Their punishment is NOT death. Their punishment is loss of the glorious opportunity God gave them to accomplish His purpose on earth, and to live forever in the resentment, bitterness, attitude of rebellion, and utter hopelessness and frustration of mind their own sins brought upon them. Once they perverted their own minds, they can never regain balance. Happiness and joy has left them forever.
Whereas, if MAN, composed of matter, sinned and refuses to repent and turn from his sin, he will die the second death -- he shall utterly PERISH (John 3:16) -- he will be as though he had not been (Obadiah 16). This reflects God's MERCY.
The Physical Changes, the Spiritual is Changeless
But there is another
all-important reason. As the humanist philosopher Elbert Hubbard
said, "Nothing is permanent but change." Matter does
not remain as it is, unchanged, permanently. But it continues
changing permanently. Perhaps stone or iron is as unchanging as
any element. But after a few thousand years, the giant stones in
the wall around Jerusalem, for instance, have lost all their
newness and show their age. Whatever you see now on this earth in
time will CHANGE.
Spirit however, is CHANGELESS -- except as God instilled in angel beings the power of mind -- of thinking, reasoning, making decisions and exercising will to act on decisions or choices. But Spirit substance apart from the mind power of God or Spirit beings is CHANGELESS. Once Satan and his demons made the decision they did, being spirit, they cannot change!
In reproducing Himself God requires righteous CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. And that requires change. If God had made us of Spirit, once the decision was made to reject God, we could never have repented -- could not change from Satan's way to God's! Man, composed of matter, is subject to CHANGE. Man, if called by God, can be made to realize that he has sinned, and he can REPENT -- CHANGE from his sin -- turn to GOD'S WAY. And once his course is changed, with God's help he can pursue it. He can GROW in spiritual knowledge, develop character, overcome wrong habits, weaknesses, and faults.
And this is all done by the PHYSICAL MAN, through the PHYSICAL BRAIN.
The human spirit in man empowers the brain with physical intellect, and the Spirit of God united with it empowers the brain with spiritual comprehension, and these spirits RECORD the knowledge and the character and preserve them, as well as the physical shape and appearance. These spirits do not develop the righteous character, but through the Holy Spirit God does give us His faith, HIS righteousness -- as long as we ourselves earnestly desire it. But once holy and righteous character is developed in physical man, HOW does God bridge the gap, changing MAN into SPIRIT?
The Spirit MOLD
I have shown you that the
Scriptures picture man as the clay -- which he literally is --
and God as our Potter. We might call God, also, our SCULPTOR, for
with our submission and eager willingness, we are the WORK OF HIS
HANDS in spiritual and character development. As Job said,
"If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my
appointed time will I wait till my CHANGE come. Thou shalt call,
and I will answer thee [in the resurrection]: thou wilt have a
desire to the work of thine hands" (Job 14:14-15).
This brings us to the question of death of the physical MAN, and the resurrection -- Job called it the "CHANGE" -- into the Kingdom of God.
Now notice, as quoted before, in Isaiah 64:8: "But now, O [ETERNAL], thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter, and we all are the work of thy hand."
God could not form, shape, change, and develop His character in us -- once we had sinned -- as all have -- had we been made of Spirit. Notice further: "Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" (Isa. 45:9.)
Another passage of scripture so often misapplied says: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it [the faith] is the gift of God: not of works" (Eph. 2:8-9).
We do not earn salvation by good works or gain it by WORKS -- BUT when we receive it as God's GIFT, the degree of reward will be according to our "works" (Matt. 16:27) -- performance in living GOD'S WAY -- building character.
But now read the rest of this passage which is nearly always purposely omitted by those misleading people on this point: "... not of works" ... WHY? ..."lest any man should boast. For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:9-10).
I have tried to point out that we must gain contact with God and that HE is the potter -- or sculptor -- fashioning, molding, and shaping our lives and righteous character into His Character IMAGE, AS WE DESIRE AND YIELD.
All right. The godly character in us, I have stated, cannot be created by fiat. It must be developed. We must yield. We must desire it, seek it. But it comes from GOD. Thus if we keep a close daily contact with our Creator, through His Spirit and through our spirit -- for remember, His Holy Spirit "beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8:16) -- then He is fashioning and shaping our characters. Had God made us of Spirit, this could not be done once we had sinned.
Now, as Job brought out, we die. Afterlife comes through the resurrection. When we die, all consciousness ceases. The physical brain becomes unconscious and decays.
With what BODY do we come, in the resurrection? That question is answered in I Corinthians 15: "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? ... that which thou sowest [burial in the ground], thou sowest NOT that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him ..." (I Cor. 15:35-38).
The body that dies is NOT the same body that will come up in the resurrection.
Now we come to a MOST IMPORTANT part concerning the SPIRIT IN MAN -- which I have termed the "human spirit." It does not impart human life. It does not see, hear or think. The HUMAN MAN makes his decisions, and it is in the physical MAN that character must be built. It is the human CLAY that God forms into His character. The SPIRIT in man RECORDS what the brain comes to know, even the attitude, the facets of CHARACTER, not only of the human brain, but also of the whole body. It keeps the imprint even of the fingerprints.
Compare it to a sculptor's mold. The sculptor may want to produce a bronze statue of a man. The sculptor might use clay to form a clay model -- or plaster of paris. Then the sculptor makes a MOLD of the model he has formed and shaped. The mold is a hollow form, made from the finished model. Into the mold is poured molten liquid bronze which then solidifies. The mold is removed, and the bronze figure is an EXACT COPY of the original model.
The spirit that is in every human acts as a MOLD. It PRESERVES the human's MEMORY, his CHARACTER, his FORM AND SHAPE.
Now I do not conceive, naturally, that the spirit is a hollow form. But it supplies the same purpose as the sculptor's mold. If one has received the Holy Spirit, then in the resurrection, God will provide a SPIRIT BODY, formed and shaped by the Spirit mold. The resurrected being will be COMPOSED of SPIRIT, not matter as the human model was. In the resurrected SPIRIT form he will suddenly come ALIVE. It will seem like the next flash of a second from his loss of consciousness at time of death. He will have all his memory intact. He will look as he did in human life in form and shape. Even his fingerprints will be the same.
The CHARACTER which he allowed God to build within him will be there. He will be alive FOREVER! And, like God the Father, by his own will, he will have been made so that he CANNOT sin (I John 3:9).
The body that comes in the resurrection is not the same body that was flesh and blood in this human lifetime. God does not turn flesh and blood matter INTO Spirit. The flesh and blood physical body, after death, decomposes and decays, but the spirit that was IN that body, like the sculptor's mold, preserves all the form and shape, the memory, and the character INTACT. And that mold, being spirit does not change -- even though the resurrection may take place thousands of years after death.
Notice what happens AT DEATH.
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:7). After death, whether buried in the earth, cremated, or what, the physical body returns to the earth. But the spirit that was IN the man, now having recorded everything -- the body's form and shape, the facial identity, the memory and the character -- returns to God.
It will be PRESERVED UNCHANGED.
Such saints as Abraham, Moses, David and Daniel died thousands of years ago. STOP AND THINK ABOUT THAT! God had to provide some way to PRESERVE the form, shape, appearance, mind and character of saints for thousands of years. They were composed of corruptible flesh and blood. All that was THEM (man is composed wholly of matter) long since decomposed. Yet in the resurrection, it will seem to them as the next fraction of a second since loss of consciousness at death.
In the interim of death, they knew absolutely NOTHING. Says God's Word, "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead KNOW NOT ANY THING" (ECCL. 9:5).
The spirit which returns to God is the human spirit that was in them throughout life. It was not an "immortal soul," for the soul was mortal and corruptible.
Those who died with God's Holy Spirit will be in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4-5). They will come forth IMMORTAL, in a glorious body of SPIRIT composition, their faces aglow as the SUN.
All others who have not been called to eternal salvation by God during their human lifetimes will be resurrected after the thousand-year reign of the Kingdom of God under Christ, in the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-12). They will be resurrected MORTAL, once again in a flesh and blood physical body, just as before. In this great judgment they will be "called" -- their eyes opened to God's truth. Then, finally, there will be a last resurrection (Rev. 20:13-15) of those who HAD been called by God in their mortal human life, but had rejected or turned from the truth. They, with those who reject it in the Great White Throne Judgment, will be in the lake of fire (II Pet. 3:10-11), which is the second death. They then shall be ashes under the soles of the feet of the immortals in God's Kingdom (Mal. 4:3), and will be as though they had never been (Obadiah 16).
Then, ahead of the millions of immortal redeemed, shall lie the tremendous awesome HUMAN POTENTIAL -- when God the Creator shall have put THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE under our jurisdiction (Heb. 2:7-8).