The following excerpt from What God Has To Say About Our Bodies (Crossway, June 2021) appears in the Spring 2021 issue of Eikon.
It is not a question we might have considered even just 15 years ago, but rest assured it is increasingly being asked by a younger generation today.
Here are three foundational truths the Bible shows us about identity and our bodies.
1. You don’t just have a body; you are a body.
Consider the creation of Adam:
The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Gen. 2:5-7)
This is the opposite of how many people today view themselves. God doesn’t make a soul called Adam first, and then look around for something physical to put that soul into, as though the soul is the real Adam, and his body is like Tupperware container to store it in. No. God actually starts with matter. He forms a body from the ground which is then brought to life. Your body is not…