How do our Spiritual Bodies work?

This is a picture of two drawings that Leonardo da Vinci made when he started asking this very question, but just for the physical body. May we, today, be encouraged to understand the reality of how our Spiritual Bodies work…


Two weeks ago after posting about Christ being our Tree of Life a set of comments took place that really began a wonderfuly revelatory idea that I would like to share with you. It is connected to our spiritual bodies.

Watchmen Nee writes about this in some length in a book called The Normal Christian Life (very good). In it he looks at the different parts of a human (spirit, soul, and body) and how they all work together. I would definitely recommend it.

But to bring it home for you and to extend the conversation, I would like to post the comments that were made. These comments only really begin a conversation that I believe has the potential to yield some great truth if worked and cultivated a bit by the members of this blog. So, any thoughts would be most appreciated.

Here was the first comment by Nic Thakwray 

What a wonderful thought to exist and be sustained by the life-giving Spirit of Christ! I reckon that God designed our bodies’ relationship to food with this in mind. We actually consist of the food we eat. If you eat some bread, the bread is broken down into tiny molecules which are absorbed into our bloodstream and used to build the tissues that make up our bodies. Even babies being formed in the womb are built together out of the molecules in their mother’s bloodstream! Amazing! This is a faint image of what it means to receive the nourishment of Christ to our spirits. As we feed on Christ, WE BECOME CHRIST! We become one with him! He gives us life!

How do we do this? In what ways can we receive Him as our spiritual nourishment?

 And the reply by Dylan Cromhout
Hey Nic
I love your analogy. It is something that I too have pondered. Does the bible not reveal that all things are merely just a picture of Christ. How amazing to think that the “institution” of eating is in fact a physical representation of a spiritual reality.

In other words, if our physical bodies go through that process to break down food and assimilate it into the body, so too our spiritual bodies must do the same. They must have the ability to “break-down” the food (whether Christ or other) that we eat and then assimilate it into our spiritual bodies.

This is the natural process of growth that the Lord has designed. Just like we do not need to make our stomach break down food, so too we do not need to worry about how our spiritual bodies break down and assimilate food. Our only responsibility is to EAT! The rest of the system has been designed to work automatically. Fascinating. What an excellent system.

This makes one think about how we should approach our Christian lives…. Should we be worrying about growing? Should we be worried about doing things right? Or should we simply be concerned with our eating?

I think that we would fair so much better if we went back to the basics and focused on that which matters most. Eating Christ 3 times a day (as much as possible) and being concerned with eating only Christ, and discarding anything that will not be good for our spiritual bodies. This is how we approach our physical lives, so surely the same principles apply to the spiritual….?

To answer your questions: my thoughts are that we do so in the same way that we would do so in the physical…. by chewing. If we take a portion of scripture that reveals Christ, how do we get the nourishment from it? Well, we need to chew it. And that we do by exercising the same organ we use to eat… our mouths. We speak the scripture, pray the scripture, share the scripture, meditate on the scripture, sing the scripture… we chew and chew and chew, and then swallow of course to let it become a part of us.

Now, this can be done individually and we all need to learn how to eat Christ so that we can move on from the first things, from being fed only like children. We need to learn how to use our cutlery and eat Christ with our own mouths. That is fundamental.

Once we understand this concept for our individual selves and can eat effectively, the next step is learning to do it as a body. To learn how to Share Christ, Chew Christ, and then Swallow Christ together. And this my friend is the glorious life and mystery of organic church life…

So how would you say do our Spiritual Bodies work?


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8 thoughts on “How do our Spiritual Bodies work?

  1. I guess the bigger question would be “How does the Spiritual World work?” This would define how the body works then, what do you think? I think what we consider esoteric here, is very tangible in the Spiritual world e.g. Sound can be seen and light can be heard. Words are visible…and their impact….

    Coupled to that Paul wrote that it was the physical man first (Adam) then the spiritual man (Christ). This makes me reason that the spiritual body works exactly like the physical one, just the environment is different. Just a thought.

    1. Hey Lynley

      I hear you and agree. As mentioned in another reply, Christ walked, talked, ate and fellowshipped with His disciples after being glorified with a new spiritual body. He could function normally in this physical realm, just in a different way. It was like he was in the world but not of it…. (hahaha). He was here, but His being was alive from a different source. He was living by the life of God and displaying it here on the Earth. It’s like He was in both worlds at the same time. Fascinating!

      May we learn use and function in our spiritual bodies more and more and live by the life of Christ right here in this physical realm.

  2. I am glad that you are still keeping this blog going, Dylan. I agree with the above post! We must certainly spend enough time in the word in order to digest it properly. We hardly ever “get it” the first, or even second time around. Thanks for spreading the word.

    1. Hey Troy

      Long time. Didn’t realise you were following this blog. Glad you enjoyed the post. Christ, the very word of God is so rich and dense, it is impossible just to eat from Him without properly chewing and digesting.

      May we learn how to do this more and more so that we can be fully nourished by His life and grow up into mature spiritual children (adults) of God.

  3. Very interesting topic. This is how i see it. Our human bodies were made by God himself the creator of heaven and earth and he made us from dust sand and dirt. As we apart from this world we will receive a new body, not of dust and sand but of something much grearter, as ” thehonestone said we need to know how the spiritual world work to understand what our spiritual bodies are an like. In the spiritual world our eyes will function differently and as our mouths and ears. Since we are in spirit and not in flesh/human.

    1. Good point

      One day we will have completely spiritual bodies and then they will function very similarly to the way our physical bodies do now. We see this after Jesus rose from the dead in a new spiritual body. He could walk around, talk, eat, etc. Everything that we can do now. But there are some things that reveal that this body was unique. 1, his disciples did not recognize him at first. So he looked different to before, although he still looked human. Also, he was not confined by space and time. He could enter the house where the disciples were sitting without using the door. And lastly, when he went to be with the Father he lifted up into the air without any problems. So he was not limited by gravity.

      I think that we can look forward to the day that we too will have our new spiritual bodies.

      But for now, we have been given a new spirit. So we already have a spiritual side to our beings, and that spiritual side needs to be fed, exercised, rested, and even clothed just like our physical bodies. Our spirits are alive with Christ, fed by the Bread of Life, exercised in the Spirit, cared for by the Shepherd and clothed by the blood (righteousness) of Christ. In other words, there is a whole other spiritual world that we now move in with our spiritual bodies and need to pay attention to it, just like we do our physical bodies.

      I trust that the Lord will still give us much revelation about how to effectively live, breath, and have our being in the Spiritual Kingdom of His Father.

  4. I think the most obvious way in which we are nourished by Christ is through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit IS Christ’s spirit – they are one and the same person, yet two distinguishable persons. 1 Cor 15:45 “Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” We must go on being filled with His Spirit, make it a discipline, make it our daily bread, and as we drink of Christ’s Spirit more and more we will become one with Him. Even truly receiving the life-changing revelation of His word cannot be done without receiving the Holy Spirit because He takes the the letter that kills and makes it life for us!

    1. Hey Nic

      I like what you are saying. When teaching his disciples how to pray in Luke 11, Jesus encourages them to ask the Father for whatever they need, and to do so with faith and confidence in the Father’s love for them. At the end of this passage, the Lord likens good gifts (in the form of food) that an earthly father would give his child, to the Holy Spirit. Our good gift from our heavenly Father is the Holy Spirit. As we ask and continue to ask for nourishment, the Father gives us His Spirit. How awesome!

      The New Adam, the Life-giving Spirit is our food from above! So may we eat and eat and eat and eat!

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