Last week we learned so much about the nature of man and what happens when you die. So what about ghosts and spirits? Are they real?
1. Does the Bible teach that there are spirit beings?
This text does refer to spiritual beings, which are then also identified as angels.
2. Spirits being angels, how many classes are there of them?
When we think of the world and the greater scheme of things, there are two forces only – good and evil. Even angels can be one of the two. Just as they are either good or evil, we need will ultimately choose the side of good or evil.
3. Do all classes communicate with mankind?
Hebrews 1:14; Judges 13:3-21
Good – When we studied angel ministry, we discovered that angels are here to look after mankind on earth, ministering and serving them.
2 Corinthians 11:14; Matthew 25:41; 1 Peter 5:8
Evil – Evil spirits or bad angels are still angels, still spirits with the ability to confuse and tempt mankind. This is the reason its important for us to stay connected to God, to be able to recognise His voice and the guidance of His good angels.
4. What is Spiritualism?
“The belief that the spirits of the dead in various ways communicate with and manifest their presence to men, usually through the agency of a person called a medium.”
5. Can the dead return to communicate with the living?
Job 7:10; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6; Psalms 146:4
The texts above confirm what we learned last week about the state of the dead. Once a person dies, they cease to exist and no longer have a part in the plans as they unfold on earth.
6. Does the Bible recognise that there are lying spirits?
1 Kings 22:22
In the beginning when all the angels including Lucifer were in harmony with God, they all had equality in nature, power and glory. Now under Satan’s leading, they use their abilities for wrong and for evil.
7. To whom do all lying spirits belong?
With two sides of the spectrum being Jesus and Satan, all good things belong under Jesus. All deception and lies and the angels who carry out deceptions and lies belong to Satan – the father and originator of sin.
8. What powers do these lying spirits possess? What comes to those who give heed to these lying spirits?
2 Corinthians 11:14, 15; Leviticus 19:31
These lying spirits have the power to disguise themselves as anything to try and mis-guide humanity into choosing everything that is not God’s way, and to destroy the opportunities Jesus made for salvation. This will include posing as those who have died and come back to life. The Bible tells us that anyone who is led astray by these mediums will be reprimanded. God has clearly given instructions on how we should interact with people who claim these abilities. We are advised for our safety and well-being not to seek them, and any who go against the advice will face the consequences – now and after.
9. What phases of spirit work are named and how does the Lord regard all these things?
Spiritualism hasn’t changed since the time the Bible was written until now. We continue to be advised against being involved with spiritualism – ancient and modern – which involves many forms including sorcery, witchcraft and magic. The Lord does not condone any of those practices, therefore those who are involved cannot be apart of God’s family.
10. Whose children are they who use sorcery? Will any make it to the kingdom?
Acts 13:8-10; Revelation 21:8; 22:14, 15
Everyone involved in the use of sorcery will be associated with the originator of sin and the leader of deception which is Satan. For this reason, they will not fall in line with the hope and life God promises. The bible text in Revelation tells us that these people will face the same consequences as those who are idolaters and murderous – their choice to work with Satan will void their place in the heavenly kingdom.
11. Have people been saved from these deceptions?
Acts 8:9-11; 16:16-18
Yes they have. The passages above tells of the time were Paul was able to remove the connection between the evil spirit and the person who was possessed. By the fruits or these they will be known or revealed.
12. What promise may be ours?
2 Corinthians 6:17, 18
Jesus promises that if we disassociate ourselves from that which is not holy and good, we can still be accepted. Just as all sinners who murder, lie, steal and have false idols can be made right with God, so can those who turn away from evil and accept Jesus’ gift of salvation.