Firm Foundations Four (37 of 55) What Does The Bible Teach About The Spiritual Realm?

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What Does The Bible Teach About The Spiritual Realm?

The Bibles teaches that the spiritual realm is an active, invisible realm where angels, demons, Satan, and God interact. There is a spiritual war going on that involves us. God has provided us with the spiritual armor needed to fight a good fight, ultimately claiming the victory we have in Jesus.

Understanding Angels, Demons, And Satan

  • God created an innumerable amount of spiritual beings called angels. They are intelligent with the freedom to make right and wrong choices. They, like everything else, were created for the glory of God and His Son Jesus.
    Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2, 5; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 12:22; Revelations 5:11
  • The Bible doesn’t specifically say when the angels were created, but it seems they were most likely created on the first day of creation. All the angels were created good because God on the sixth day looked at every thing that He had made and it was very good.
    Job 38:4–7; Genesis 1:1-2, 31
  • Angels are spirits which means they don’t have physical bodies and are invisible to humans, but at times they do take on bodily forms, and we can see them during this time. Luke 24:39; Matthew 28:5; Hebrews 13:2
  • Angels are finite. They are not infinite like God. They don’t know the future, nor are they omnipresent or omnipotent. They are limited to the realms that God has set and can only operate under His sovereignty. They should never be prayed to or worshipped like God, but they join us in the worship of our great God.
    Revelation 19:10
  • At some point between the sixth day and Satan’s appearance in the garden of Eden to tempt Eve, many of the angels sinned against God. Angels are not like humans where a sinful nature is passed on from one person to another through physical birth (because they do not procreate). Therefore, the angels who chose to sin were separated from God and those who didn’t stayed with God. There was no opportunity for redemption for those who sinned. The angels who didn’t sin (good angels) continued to serve, worship, and live according to the will of God.
    2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Matthew 22:30; Psalm 103:20; Isaiah 6:3
  • The angels who did sin (bad angels) were cast out of heaven and we refer to them as demons or devils. One-third of the total number of angels sinned that day.
    Revelation 12:4
  • Satan is the name of one of the angels who sinned against God. He is also referred to as “the devil,” “the serpent,” “Beelzebub,” “Lucifer,” etc. He is the leader of all the angels who sinned. He rebelled against God because he didn’t want to serve and glorify Him but wanted to become Him and overrule Him. Satan is an accuser, liar, and one who tempts people not to believe in God but to join in his rebellion against Him.
    Luke 10:18; Matthew 4:1; 10:25; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Isaiah 14:12-14, Revelation 12:10
  • Satan is not God’s counterpart because God has no counterpart. There is none other like Him. He may match up to some of the other angels, but he is no match for God. God alone is sovereign.
    Job 1:1–2:10

Understanding Spiritual Warfare

  • As believers, our fight is not with other people in the physical realm, but it is in the spiritual realm against Satan and his demons. The devil is like a lion who prowls around looking for who he can devour.
    Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8–9
  • The demons have their own doctrine that they teach and it is against the teachings of the Bible. They seduce and trick believers into believing these lies and try to get them to depart from the faith.
    1 Timothy 4:1–5; 1 John 4:1, 5:19
  • Satan disguises himself as an angel of light and his demons as servants of righteousness, but make no mistake, their goal is to steal, kill, and destroy all mankind, especially those who follow God. Satan rules the demons and leads them on the path of destruction.
    2 Corinthians 11:3-15; John 10:10; Matthew 12:26
  • We act like the devil and his demons when we participate in evil acts, especially bitter envying, strife in our hearts, or lying against the truth. These earthly, sensual, devilish acts lead to confusion, of which God is not the author.
    James 3:14–16; 1 Corinthians 14:33

Understanding Our Armor

  • As believers, we should be sober and vigilant so that we give no place to the devil. He can be resisted.
    James 4:7; Ephesians 4:27
  • As believers, we have the protection of the armor of God: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.
    Ephesians 6:13–20
  • As believers, we are not to participate in the kind of practices that involve works of the devil, such as idolatry, sorcery, mediums, fortune tellers, superstitions, witchcraft, fengshui, constellations, ones fortune in astrology, trying to communicate with the dead, etc.
    1 Corinthians 10:19-23
  • As believers, we have angels who watch over us and minister to us.
    Hebrews 1:14
  • As believers, we know the death and resurrection of Jesus has gloriously triumphed over the devil and his followers. At the last day they all will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. Only those in Jesus Christ take part in this victory. We will join the angels in the praise of our great God.
    Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 10:3–6

Review Questions

  • What are angels and why were they created?
  • What are the differences between good and bad angels?
  • What are the bad angels called and who is their leader?
  • What is spiritual warfare?
  • What is our spiritual armor?

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