1 Corinthians 15:45 (KJB) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
A living being, a life-giving spirit
A living soul, a life-giving spirit
A living Soul, a quickening spirit
Above are three different wordings one can find when looking up this scripture verse found in 1 Corinthians 15:45, a scripture verse penned by the Apostle Paul. Why is such variance found with this verse? It depends on the Bible version used to look up it up. Can we just simply guess that all these phrases convey the same meaning and skip over any possible discrepancies, after all life is busy and time for study is short.
The correct answer to this kind of situation would be a resounding no!
Each of us must be careful in selecting, reading, and deciphering God’s word. Just like for every name brand shoe or designer purse there are numerous fakes readily available, often with a much lower cost. The same thing is true with God’s Word, there is one God-breathed or inspired Word of God version for English speaking people and a multitude of fakes readily available in the world’s marketplace.
For starters, one must have proper discernment when reading and studying scripture. A living being, or human being, has different comprehension than does a living soul. One is of earth while the other, a living soul, only comes from the eternal nature of God. The first, a living being, ultimately faces physical death, the other, a living regenerated soul will live forever. This makes a big difference when looking to the future in light to the return of Jesus Christ and upon physical death and in entering eternity.
Second, a life-giving spirit and a quickening spirit are not synonymous in nature. A life giving spirit enables physical creation as was mankind given physical life by the hand of God. A quickening spirit gives a soul eternal life. One is physical while the other spirit is eternal in nature.
Last, the first Adam was made a living soul by the hand of God to dwell in the garden of Eden. The second Adam, who was an illustration of Jesus Christ, was a quickened spirit alive forever. The first Adam faced certain death because of the natural presence of sin while the second Adam could live forever because He soundly defeated the presence and power of sin through His victory upon Calvary.
As you can see, this scripture verse, 1 Corinthians 15:45 is packed full of important details by God and is hard to describe in a short devotion. It is necessary to understand this verse in comprehending the dark nature of sin and in receiving eternal life. It is vital that each child of God immerse himself in the genuine Word of God rather than be confused and confounded by a multitude of false doctrine littering this spiritually dark world. Bible per-versions with verses corrected by the erring hand of man can ultimately stand in the way of sincere biblical based salvation.
The Bible version you use is undoubtedly a matter of eternal life and death.