For by Him [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him (Colossians 1: 16).
In this season of ghosts and goblins it seemed fitting to re-post this article which I wrote four years ago about the spirit world. Spirits are real and God tells us about them in His Word. Come along with me and listen to what He says.
First and most important, we know that God is a Spirit. He refers to Himself as a spirit in the first verse of the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1)
Aside from God who is a spirit, there are other spirits also who exist in this world. There are angels (God’s helpers/messengers) and there are demons (Satan’s helpers). God does not tell us at what point in the creation process the angels were created, but it seems according to Job 38:6,7 that it was early on. We are told; On what were its [the world’s] footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? According to these words, the angels watched and rejoiced as God created His world.
God created all things perfect and this includes the angels. We know this because we are told; God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31). From this we know that Satan was not created evil, but perfect and holy. We are not told at what point Satan sinned. Jesus mentions the fall of Satan in Luke 10:18 when He says; I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the reality show “The Ghost Hunters”. I have watched it only a couple of times. The Ghost Hunters are hired by people who fear that spirits are living in vacated buildings, homes, old ships, prisons etc. Their job is to determine if certain sounds or phenomenon are actually spirits or just the creaking and moaning of an old building or old rusty pipes and heating systems.
I have always been leery about watching reality shows and movies about ghosts. I have never felt comfortable with playing games like the OUIJA Board. I feel that it can be an open door for Satan and it is best to stay away from these types of things.
Some years ago, a young woman asked me if I had ever seen an “Orb”. She pulled out a photograph which had been taken at night. It was a picture of people sitting around a campfire. Hovering above the group (friends of her son) at the campfire was a circular light, and in the center of that light was what looked like a man or an angel with arms outstretched over the group. She pointed to the figure and said to me; that is my son. Her son had been murdered months before over a drug deal that had gone wrong. She then pulled out several other pictures with the same phenomenon. She felt certain that her son was still present in spirit and was watching over his friends and family.
There are a lot of things we don’t know about the spirit world, but what we need to know, God tells us in His word. God, who himself is a spirit, surrounds us and watches over us daily. He is Omnipresent (present everywhere), Omniscient (having all knowledge), and Omnipotent (all powerful). Jesus promises in Matthew 28:20; and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Also in Joshua 1: 4; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you. God is comfort. He represents goodness, safety and love. He is light and life.
God sends His angels to watch over and protect His people. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us; Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14)? We are also reminded by the Psalmist; and he will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11). Each day as we go about our duties and each night as we rest and sleep, we are surrounded by God’s holy angels.
But we must not forget Satan’s angels which are referred to in Scripture as demons. God doesn’t just tell us about Satan and his demons. He WARNS us. Demons are very powerful, but their power is limited only to what God allows. Jesus warns us; Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He tells us that he [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning…a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). Satan makes us doubt God’s love for us.
He said to Eve in the garden; you will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3: 4, 5).
So, we ask the following questions… Do the spirits of people who were once alive really hover unseen in space and show up in pictures to let us know they are present? If so, are they good spirits or are they harmful? Do our loved ones come back from the dead to haunt us or talk to us? Should we fear them? Should we talk to them? Do people really need the “Ghost Hunters”?
The answer to all of these questions is an emphatic “NO”. Once a person dies, he/she is gone from this earth. That person is either in heaven with God or in Hell with the devil. Our soul is a spirit, but God does not allow the souls of anyone, believers or unbelievers to float around in space or come back to haunt people. He tells us; man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
At the moment of death our soul leaves our body and is judged. Those who believe in Jesus as their Savior by faith go directly to heaven. Those who have chosen to reject God’s free gift of salvation during this lifetime, will go directly to hell. When Jesus returns on the last day the souls and bodies of all people who have died, from the beginning of time until the present, will be reunited to live eternally in Heaven or Hell. Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done good [by faith] will rise to live and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned (John 5:28, 29).
Fear of ghosts is not new to our world. Even in Jesus day and earlier people were fearful of ghosts. Matthew tells us about the night Jesus came to them walking on the water. We are told; During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. It’s a ghost! they said, and cried out in fear. (Matthew 14: 25)
One important thing we need to remember is that Satan can take on many forms to deceive us. He can wear many “hats” so to speak. He makes himself and his demons look good in order to lead people into sin. The spirits who are supposedly brought up in a seance or show up as an Orb in a photograph are very possibly real, but are the work of Satan and his wicked angels. Stay away from them. Don’t give the devil a foothold by searching dark places looking for them or believing they are a dead family member or loved one. No matter how harmless or “good” they may seem, they are evil. God warns us; be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 8:8).
Keep in mind also that we are surrounded by God’s holy angels daily. They serve Him by protecting His people from harm. He will not send them to frighten us. He will not send them to haunt old buildings and dark deserted places. We will not see them with our eyes until we are called home to heaven. If they should at some point take on human form according to God’s purpose for us, we will more than likely not realize they are angels. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).
Stay in the word. Read it and study it daily. Love God and put Him first in your life. You will be truly blessed and you will have nothing to fear from the devil and his wicked schemes. You are protected by Jesus.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans :37-39).
Gloria Dei! Amen.