Everything has its origin in God and derives from the spiritual realm. If you believe in God, if you believe in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit, but you don’t believe in the spiritual realm, then it’s impossible to believe. You cannot believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the creation. Because if you believe in the creation, then you believe that God has created the world through His Word by the power of the Spirit. Everything that you perceive in the natural or physical realm has its origin in the spiritual realm. There are many believers, who inherit their religion and faith from their parents and family, and live after the rules and regulations of their religion. When you have a conversation with them and ask them about their faith, you soon find out that their faith and going to church is part of their (family) culture and is just a formality instead of a way of life, that is obtained through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many say, that they know Jesus, but their lives and their actions say something else. That’s mainly because they know Jesus after the letter and what is written about Him, instead that they know Jesus; the Word personally and have a living relationship with Him. Many claim to be born again, but live after the flesh. They move in the natural realm and act out of the natural realm. Their mind is being formed by the world and that’s why they live like the world. They apply the same methods and do the same things as the world; the unbelievers. They are being led by their natural senses, emotions, feelings, thoughts, opinions etc. They rely and trust in their own wisdom and knowledge. Instead of being led by the words of God and trust in Him. They are having a hard time, believing certain matters, that are written in the Bible. That’s because the spiritual realm is hidden from them, and that’s why many don’t believe in the spiritual realm.
Jesus spoke about the spiritual realm
But one thing is certain: the spiritual realm is real! If there is one Person in the Bible, who constantly spoke about the spiritual realm, it was Jesus. He spoke and showed the people the existence of the spiritual Kingdom of God and the spiritual realm, where He came from. He made the spiritual realm and the Kingdom of God visible to the people, by His speech and by using natural illustrations from everyday life; parables.
Jesus also made the Kingdom of God visible to them in showing His spiritual authority on earth through signs and wonders (walking on water, multiplying of food, casting out demons, heal the sick, raise the death etc.).
Everything Jesus did, He did out of the spiritual realm and from the authority of His Father.
This spiritual authority has Jesus given to His body; the church. Jesus has given His Name to His church. His Name is the highest Name and has the highest authority in heavens and on earth. Everything, that has a name, must bow to the Name of Jesus.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:9-11)
The church represents the spiritual Kingdom of God
The church is appointed as spiritual government of the spiritual Kingdom of God on this earth. The church represents the Kingdom of God and acts in the Name of Jesus, or in other words, the authority of Jesus Christ, on this earth.
The assembly of believers, who are born again in the spirit and are seated in Jesus Christ, are the church. These born again believers have been set apart from the world (the kingdom of darkness), and therefore they don’t belong to the world, but to God’s people. They live in the world, but they are not from the world.
The birth of the new man by the Word and the Spirit
But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Co 6:11)
The new man is not the result of the works of the old man, and therefore is not created in the natural realm, but the new man is born by the Word and the Spirit in the spiritual realm. Although the person looks the same in the natural realm, in the spiritual realm the person has become in Jesus Christ a new creation and is perfectly created in Him.
The person was a sinner, but is no longer a sinner. Through the baptism in water, the person has identified himself/herself with the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which means that the old man, with its sinful nature, has died and the new man is raised from the death, because the spirit in the person has been raised from the death by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The person has died to the flesh and his spirit has been raised from the death in Jesus Christ and therefore the person has become a new creation (Col 2:11-12).
The sin nature, that kept a person in bondage of the kingdom of darkness, which is present in the flesh, has died and therefore the person is no longer held in bondage of the kingdom of darkness.
The person is raised in Jesus Christ and is seated in Him in the third heaven and reigns together with Him over the kingdom of darkness. The new man lives and reigns out of Jesus Christ; the Word.
Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world (Jn 17:24)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6-7)
Through regeneration the person has entered the spiritual Kingdom of God. The spiritual kingdom of God has become visible for the person. That’s because the spirit of the person has been raised from the death is now alive.
Without regeneration you will not be able to see nor enter the Kingdom of God. If you cannot see nor enter the Kingdom of God, how will you be able to live after the will of this Kingdom and represent this Kingdom? Exactly, you can’t. Without regeneration, you still belong to the world and the kingdom of darkness. Jesus says:
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (Jn 3:3)
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (Jn 3:5)
God is Spirit and His Kingdom is a spiritual Kingdom
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:24)
When you are being born again in the spirit and walk as the new creation, you shall walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. This means, that you are not led and ruled, by what you perceive in the natural realm with your senses (what you see, hear, smell etc. ), emotions, feelings, thoughts etc. But it means, that you are led by the Word and the Holy Spirit.
The Word and the Holy Spirit shall reveal the spiritual realm to you. They shall teach you and guide you according to the things of Kingdom of God and reveal to you the truth.
God, who quickened the dead, and called those things which be not as though they were (Rom 4:17)
You shall live and operate out of the spiritual realm, when you seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated, and not upon this earth. It’s therefore important on what things you spend your time; the earthly things or the heavenly things.
Because as long as you remain the old creation; the old carnal man or if you become born again, but keep walking after the flesh, you shall still be ruled and led by what your senses, emotions, thoughts perceive. You shall live and act out of the natural realm and the spiritual realm shall remain hidden. You shall apply the principles of the Word, that you have been taught, apply in your life, but see little or no result. That’s because you apply the principles to the old man and not to the new man. Your spirit cannot be raised from the death, unless you freely lay down your flesh and die in Jesus Christ.
We have discussed the spiritual origin of the church, the spiritual origin of the new man, now let’s go back to the beginning and the origin of creation.
In the beginning God (El-Elohim) created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1)
The whole creation comes forth out of the spiritual realm. Everything has its origin in the spiritual realm. Due to the fact, that scientists have no clue about the spiritual realm, they believe in natural science and in a physical ‘cause and effect’. Because of their belief, they come with all kinds of ‘foolish’ theories and speculations about the origin of creation and the life of people. The statement that the creation is created by God out of the spiritual realm, is foolishness to them. That’s because they are unspiritual and therefore they cannot comprehend nor understand this statement. But for the born again believers, their statement and theory, for example: the evolution theory, is foolishness.
Unfortunately, it happens more and more, that believers begin to doubt the origin of creation and believe the statement of the world above the statement of the Word and believe the words of man instead of the words of God.
That’s because, many churches are unspiritual and carnal and have allowed the spirit of this world to enter, and that’s why many believers are defiled by the spirit of the world and doubt the Word of God and the origin of creation. But the Word says:
The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, Thou hast founded them (Ps 89:11)
Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein (Isa 42:5)
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded (Isa 45:12)
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else (Isa 45:18)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created (Rev 4:11)
Science acts out of the natural realm
Scientists, philosophers, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, many theologians, and so on, are unspiritual and act out of the natural realm; the physical realm. Some of them may say, that they are Christians and act out of faith, but if that would be true, then they wouldn’t carry and rely on their title and wouldn’t apply the philosophies, theories and methods of the world, but they would rely on God and apply the methods of the Word of God and the Spirit. They fact is, that they live act, and operate in and out of the natural realm.
They believe, that every natural effect, like climate change, drought, natural disasters, mental or physical problems, sickness, behavioral problems, relationship problems etc. all have a natural cause. From this perspective and science, they use natural innovative techniques, methods and tools, to restore nature and people and make them complete or whole again.
A surgeon, for example, uses natural techniques to remove or restore something in the body, that is visible affected or damaged.
A psychologist, who treats a person with mental or behavioral problems, will look for the (natural) cause of the problem(s) in the life, the past, family, or the surroundings of the person and from there the psychologist will make a treatment plan, using scientific treatments, methods and techniques.
This is the natural way of the world to heal, and to restore or remove a disturbance in the life of a person and make a person whole again.
But this way of healing and restoration is for God foolishness, and has nothing to do with His Kingdom, but everything with the wisdom and knowledge of the world, which are foolishness to Him. That’s because, His Kingdom doesn’t operate out of the natural (physical) realm and don’t use natural means, tools, techniques and methods. But His Kingdom is a spiritual Kingdom and acts out of the spiritual realm.
The Kingdom of God says, that if something is disturbed in the natural realm, then a disturbance has already been taken place in the spiritual realm.
What happens in the spiritual realm becomes visible in the natural realm
What happens in the spiritual realm will always become visible in the natural realm. Because the cause is in the spiritual realm and not in the natural realm. Therefore, the effect of the spiritual cause will become visible in the natural realm. We not only see this truth in the creation, that testifies of God’s greatness, but we also see this truth in our everyday lives.
That’s why, you perceive in the natural realm, what has been taken place or takes place in the spiritual realm. If something has to change in the natural realm, then something needs to change in the spiritual realm. You cannot solve problems in the natural realm out of the natural realm, by applying worldly methods, principles, and means, like the scientists do.
Cancer is a destroying and many times a deathly disease, that kills many lives. It almost looks like an epidemic disease. Despite the fact, that the medical science and technology constantly discover new things, the amount of cancer patients only increases. When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the person shall have an operation to remove the tumor(s) and/or chemotherapy, depending on the stage of cancer. All the visible results of the cancer will be removed from the body. You might think, that a person, who has been operated and had chemotherapy is cured of cancer. But in many cases, that’s not the case.
In the beginning it looks like the person is healed, but often times the cancer returns in the body on the same place, or in another place. How can this happen? That’s because, the cause of the illness of cancer has not been addressed. For the cause, you must be in the spiritual realm and not in the natural realm. The cause is an evil spirit of death, that operates out of the kingdom of darkness, that manifest himself in the body of a person and causes this deathly disease. Because the result of this illness, if you don’t do anything or if the natural methods don’t work, is death. But because many people don’t believe in the spiritual realm and are not born again, they don’t believe that (deathly) diseases, illnesses and epidemics derives from the spiritual realm and are manifested in the body; in the lives of people, and therefore many people die every year, due to a lack of this spiritual knowledge.
The words of man vs the words of God
Many people, including believers, have more faith in the words of doctors and science, then in the words of God. That’s why believers have more faith in the way of medical science for healing than in the way of God and His way of healing.
Although many confess Jesus as Lord and confess that by His stripes they are healed, by the way they live and by their actions they say something else. As soon as they notice something unusual in their body, or feel an ache, many don’t take the Word and apply the words of God and His truth to their situation and go into battle with their spiritual sword and keep standing on the Word, but they take an aspirin or some other kind of natural medicine, and/or make an appointment with the doctor. Because, according to them, that’s the (fastest) way of ‘healing’.
Many times it’s a spiritual warfare, because your flesh believes in medical science and wants to go the way of medical science (the way of the world), but your spirit believes in the Word and wants to go God’s way.
Now it’s all about: who do you obey? The flesh or the spirit?
This is a process and all depends on the fact, how fast you renew your mind with the Word of God, believe in His words, apply them into your life and walk according to the Word.
But that’s not all. Because when the spiritual realm will become visible to you, through the Word, then many times you won’t be happy with the things you see. When the spiritual realm, behind the natural realm, becomes visible then the things that you considered as normal, you suddenly don’t consider as normal anymore and you shall turn away from it and remove it out of your life.
Every person is responsible for the decisions (s)he makes in this life. No else is responsible for that. Every person has been given a free will and decides whether to believe in what the world and the world system says, or what the Word says. But one thing is certain, and that’s that the world and the Word cannot go together. It is either the world or the Word; the flesh or the spirit.
Coming back to the question if the spiritual realm is real or fiction, we certainly can conclude, from the facts of the Word, that the spiritual realm is real and not fiction. If believers don’t believe in the spiritual realm, in the creation, the new man, the church as the body of Christ and spiritual government of the Kingdom of God, then what do they believe?
‘Be the salt of the earth’