- Religion and Philosophy
The Spiritual Realm
The heavenly or spiritual realm
"Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight" Ephesians 1:3-4 (NIV)
The spiritual realm is as real as the natural realm and was here long before the natural realm. In fact the spiritual realm determines what takes places in the natural realm as the spiritual realm is the parent or original realm. The spiritual realm is where God blesses us and we receive these blessings here in this natural realm, by faith.
Once we have confessed and received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, Jesus came to live in our heart. The Kingdom of God is now in our heart. We now have access to the heavenly realm through Christ Jesus (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:9&13, Ephesians 2:8, Colossians 1:12-14)
The heavenly realm is where God has His provision. To receive from the heavenly realm we need to reach out in faith (knowing what God has provided to us in the spiritual realm and we can know this from His Word) and take it, by believing and confessing and obeying.
When we reach out in faith we are not reaching out for something that does not exist, but rather we are receiving something that God has already made available in the Spiritual realm and bringing it into the natural realm.
Our salvation is a beautiful example. We received the salvation of Jesus by faith and became Children of God (John 1:12-13). Our faith reached out to take something that already existed in the spiritual realm. Jesus has already died for us. Today, He sits at the right Hand of the Father and has all things under His feet. 1 Corinthians 15:17, Luke 10:19. This is a truth.
(But except a person reaches out by faith and receives Jesus into his or her heart the salvation of Jesus -which although invisible to the natural eye but fixed in the spiritual realm-will not benefit that person.)
The spiritual realm is a real world, invisible to the natural eye but visible to the eye of faith. The eye of faith understands what the senses or human intellect cannot understand. (Satan fights hard to keep our 'eye of faith' closed and blinded.) The 'eye of faith' is not just about being able to see in the spiritual realm, but it includes being able to hear and feel the things going on in the spiritual realm. It is the senses of our spirits.
A natural man/woman that is unsaved, lives by his/her senses so they cannot understand nor comprehend the Christian and their spirituality. (John 1:1-14)
Several examples of people reaching out or seeing things in the spiritual realm exist in the Bible ..
1 Elijah and the widow 1Kings 17:7-15
Real the whole of this story. Notice that God had commanded (or made provision) for the widow to take care of Elijah. The widow was not even aware of this. Elijah had to tell her. The widow obeyed Elijah and the jar of flour was not used up nor did the oil run out. Elijah's faith was reaching out to receive God's provision in the heavenly or spiritual realm and bringing it into the natural realm.
2. Judges 6:12-15
The Angel of the Lord sees Gideon as Gideon is in the spiritual realm. The Gideon that God made him to be. Gideon does not view himself as the Angel sees him.
3. Jesus feeds 5,000 - Matthew 14:15-21 Luke 9:12-17
Jesus feeds over 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Any guesses about how these few items of food were enough to feed all the people? Remember, Jesus looked up to heaven, knowing where the provision is available.
4. Ten lepers healed - Luke 17:11-19
Jesus sent ten lepers to go and show themselves to the high priest. An act of faith. Can you imagine what would have happened if the ten lepers had turned up in the high priest office without being healed (since lepers were not allowed to be before a priest or among the public unless cleansed first).
Jesus, as ever, was aware that the lepers healing was already a done and concluded thing. As they went by faith (in obedience to what Jesus told them to do) to the high priest , they received their healing, which had already been made provision for in the spiritual realm, into their natural bodies.
We must have a clearer understanding of the spiritual realm, to be able to exercise and use our faith in this natural realm.
Faith knows and believes God. Faith acts on what God says and not on what our surroundings or senses might be telling us. Hebrews 11
We are able to be sure of what we hope for when we realize it already exists with God in the spiritual realm. The promises of God make us aware of what God has provided for us. Our study and reading of the Bible (with the expressed aid of the Holy Spirit, because even the Word of God is without proper understanding without Him) will increase our faith and cause us to have a better understanding of what God has made available for us in the spiritual realm. Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing (hearing aloud and hearing with the eyes) the Word of God. Romans 10:17
(Thanks to 'The Living Word Library')