The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27
Genesis 2:7 tells us, God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. In the breath of God breathed into Adam was not only the ability to breath air but with God’s breath came intellect, morality, divine inspiration with the knowledge of God. Adam knew who God is and with that came the knowledge of his need for God. Zechariah 12:1 tells us the Lord formed the spirit of man within him. Man was created with a spirit that related with his Creator. It is the light within every person that has ever been born and will be born. With the spirit came the freedom to make all moral decision to walk with God in His light or the decision to walk away from God into spiritual darkness and spiritual death. When Adam decided to taste of that which God instructed him not to, he had to think for himself whether to obey or not and as we all know, he decided to taste darkness and death over light and life. He didn’t die physically but now, that would come eventually, but he died spiritually. From then on, his days were filled with the struggle that comes with being a sinner and that is, the lusts of the flesh. No more was he led by the spirit of light within him because that light had dimmed to a flicker and darkness overwhelmed his soul. Man had died spiritually.
The good news is that it was not the end of man’s relationship with God. That flicker or glimmer of God’s light is still within every soul of everybody that has been or will be conceived in the womb of their mother. God was not about to throw man away for his sins; the Lord provided a way to make man’s soul new again but he still had to live within his corrupted and sinful flesh for the remainder of his days. As you read through the pages of the Bible you will find “types” of the Redeemer until He, Jesus the Messiah came to pay our personal sin debt. Though the candle of the Lord within us was small, no sin could ever put it out. God protects it within everyone for the purpose of letting them know of their Creator and to give man the hope of redemption. When man is born again, that is saved, his spirit now can fellowship with God but he still lives with the struggles of the flesh. But one day he will drop his mortality and will put on immortality when he is resurrected as His Saviour was. The Holy Spirit uses the light within us to search and reveal our thoughts and motives for all we do and because of that light, we can never hide anything from our Creator.