The realm of the spirit

 

 

 

In the Greek, the word for spirit is the word “pneuma.” from which we get our English word “air.” It is no wonder that Christ used this word for wind in describing the spirit in John 3:8

 

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

 


It is interesting to note that once the resurrected Christ returned to visit the disciples, He “breathed on them” and they received the Holy Ghost.

John 20:22

 

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 


 Likewise when Adam received life, it was after having received this “breath” of spirit.

Genesis 2:7:

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 


It is with every confidence that this author believes that all emotion, motivation and thought experienced by man is of spiritual origin. The idea that we are the authors of our thoughts is part of the illusion of the flesh. Rather than having their source with the mind of man, they come from without. The process of thought is a consequence of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.



In Genesis 2:16-17,  Adam was told that he might eat the fruit of any tree on the garden save one: The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Had he not eaten of it, none of us would be forced to wrestle with ethical questions. Unfortunately for him and for us, he did eat of it and mankind has been forced to make decisions and reap the consequences. Having knowledge of good and evil meant that man would think as we do to this day.



The English word think comes from Middle English “thenken” meaning, to know. This thought process we now have is merely the operation of interacting with the spirits through our thought. Once man was able to think as does God and the spirits (ye will become like God.) he was forced to deal with the consequences. This raised the issue of man being forced to choose between good (GOD) and Evil. Although man does not recognize spirits to be thought, emotion, ideas and the like, he is nonetheless aware of them and all our motivations are the result of these spirits moving us.



The spirit world is recognized by even the least discerning believer to take place in the heavenly realm. The Biblical premise is that all that occurs in this physical world is a mere reflection of what takes place in the heavenlies.


Matthew 16:19:
 

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 


This is repeated in Matthew 18:18 and yet, rather understand that this key relates to the binding of spirits in our thoughts and actions, many false prophets have instead, made arrogant proclamations, claiming with their mouths only that they are binding the devil. Despite their many words, Satan is having a field day on planet earth and mocking them while he does it. These false prophets would do much better to bind their mouths.



We are told about the spiritual battle which all believers fight. Though our battlefield is in this temporal plane (the world of the flesh), our battle is not. It occurs in the ‘heavens’.

 

As Paul noted in Ephesians 6:12:

 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 


 2nd Corinthians 10:4-5 mentions our role in this spiritual battle as working to bind these spirits to obey our Savior.

 

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 


None has done greater works against the realm of spiritual evil than did our Savior, yet he promised that those who believe upon him shall do so.

John 14:12

 

 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.


The unrecognized truth is that all thought, imagination, emotion and idea of man, is the physical manifestation of spiritual interactions. Until believers cast off the false teachings of the organized church which leads them to ignore the spirit world and begin to recognize the true nature of the spiritual realm, they can have none of the spiritual power our Savior promised us.

 

May the Spirit of God guide you into all truth.

 

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