Physical Exercise


1.  Physical exercise is work done by the human body for such purposes as strengthening, health, or sports.

2.  Although the Bible contains references to physical exercise, the purpose of the Bible is to define the Spiritual life with God – not the physical relationship to the human body.

3.  The Bible is not an exercise manual; therefore, divine guidance will be required when incorporating physical exercise into the personal life.

Contrast of Spiritual and Physical Exercise

1.  Physical exercise is of little value compared to the great benefits of exercising the Spiritual life.


1 Tim 4:7 Exercise of the Spiritual Life

But avoid worldly fables and old wives' tales, but, on the other hand, exercise yourself for the Spiritual life.

    For you see, physical exercise is profitable for a little (the physical), but the Spiritual life is profitable for all things (spiritual, soulish, physical), holding promise for the present life and the future one. (1 Tim 4:8)


2.  The Spiritual life must be the priority.

3.  However, the physical life is necessary since it is the home of the soul and spirit.

Physical Exercise

1.  Man was created with the ability to do work, and after the Fall, he was required to live by the sweat of the face (Gen 3:19).  Man's work on the farm was physical exercise.

2.  With the Divine Institution of Nationalism came the need to fight in the army to protect wife and family.  Preparation for combat required physical exercise.

3.  Those who were athletically inclined began to participate in sports contests (Eccl 9:11; 1 Cor 9:24-27; Heb 12:1).

4.  Physical exercise was not a problem in Biblical times since walking was the normal mode of transportation and there was ample work to be done in daily life.

Health Benefits of Exercise

1.  The human body requires exercise for good health.

2.  Even though physical exercise does not help the Spiritual life, it does help the body, and the body is the home of the soul and spirit.

3.  Physical exercise is an indicator of a person's self-esteem (love of self).

4.  Taking care of one's health is also an indicator of Spiritual self-esteem, since the human body is needed to live the Spiritual life.

5.  A person who loves the Lord and appreciates the body God created will take care of it.

6.  A person who loves Right Man, Right Woman, or family will take care of his health for them.

7.  Physical exercise, like everything else, should be done in the will of God and Filling of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 10:31).

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Author:  Larry Wood,   Released June 20, 2010

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