UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITS THAT ARE OPERATING IN THE WORLD TODAY
When studying the Holy Spirit, a word must be said also about the presence of other spirits in our world. There are three categories of spirits operating on the earth in this present day:
Demon spirits are present on the earth today. Their self-given assignment is to lead all of humanity astray (Rev 12:7-9) and to blind them to the truth of who Jesus is (2Cor 4:4; 1John 2:22; 4:1-3). The demonic realm works primarily through false religions. They use deception as their most powerful instrument, working with the devil who is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Demon spirits have strong influence over non-believers (2Cor 4:3,4). But they also attempt to target true believers in Christ, those through whom the glorious light of the Gospel is preached (Eph 6:10-12; 2Cor 10:3-5; 11:3).
The demonic realm, just like sin, has no power over Christians – unless a Christian willingly chooses to cooperate with their schemes or temptations. Satan will use human vessels (even some who claim they are Christians) to try to lead people astray (Matt 24:24; 2Cor 11:13-15; 2 Peter Chapter 2).
Demons will even speak partial truth on occasion (Matt 4:1-11; Mark 5:1-8; Acts 16:16-19), but will never do so to glorify God or advance His will. Demon spirits know that God is real and true
The Holy Spirit ministers in us and through us. “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble” (Jas 2:19). But demons are not repentant. They are working hard to deceive humanity, for they know that judgment is coming soon upon them (Rev 12:12).
2) Human spirits
Each and every human that is conceived has a spirit. Man is made up of three parts: a body, a soul and a spirit (1Thess 5:23; Heb 4:12). Our spirit, however, is dead within us until we are made spiritually alive through faith in Christ (Eph 2:1-8).
The Bible teaches that once a human has died physically, their spirit leaves their body. Those who are in Christ go to be present with the Lord (2Cor 5:6,8). Those who die without Christ are held for the day of judgment (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:11-15).
The spirits of dead humans are not allowed to wander about on the earth! Nor are they reincarnated into another human or any other form. Every person has but ONE life, then the judgment (Heb 9:27). There are many religions that worship many kinds of spirits. Some even believe that they can communicate with the spirit of an ancestor or another dead individual. But these people are not communicating with dead humans; they are in reality communicating with demon spirits that are masquerading as the spirits of dead humans. Do not be deceived by these counterfeits!
The Bible teaches that Satan and his demons can even appear as “an angel of light” and try to imitate something godly (2Cor 11:14). If they can achieve that, it is not hard for them to mimic the voice or know the history of a person who is dead. Never attempt to communicate with the dead, or take part in any rituals or ceremonies attempting to worship or pray to ancestors or other dead humans. If you do, you are inviting demonic interaction!
3) The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, and is the only Spirit worthy of being called holy (Rom 1:4). The Holy Spirit is fully God, as the Father is God and Jesus is God (Matt 28:19; 2Cor 13:14).
Divine attributes are ascribed to the Holy Spirit in Scripture:
• He is called God (John 4:24; Acts 5:3,4; 1Cor 3:16; 2Cor 3:17)
• He is eternal (Heb 9:14)
• He is omniscient [all-knowing] (John 14:26; 1Cor 2:10)
• He is omnipresent [everywhere present] (Ps 139:7)
• He is omnipotent [all-powerful] (Luke 1:35; at creation, Gen 1:2)
• He has foreknowledge (Acts 1:16; 11:27,28)
• He has love (Rom 15:30)
• He inspired Scripture (2Pet 1:21; 2Tim 3:16)
• He is the Agent in divine guidance (Mark 13:11; Rom 8:14)
• He is a Person, as Jesus and the Father are Persons (John 14:16,17,26);
He can be grieved (Eph 4:30)
A complete study of the Person of the Holy Spirit is far more extensive than this article will allow. However, both the Old and New Testaments reveal that:
The Holy Spirit is real and is God; He is co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; and He is the third Person of the Trinity. By Rev. Frank R. Parrish