4195 spirits

4195 spirits

Intelligent beings which exist separately from bodies. God is spirit and he has given human beings a spiritual entity. He has also created a realm of spiritual beings—some have remained good, others have become evil. Evil spirits seek to control and destroy people, but Jesus Christ has the victory over them.

God is spirit

Jn 4:24 See also Ge 1:2; Job 33:4; Rev 1:4 fn; Rev 3:1 fn; Rev 4:5 fn; Rev 5:6 fn

Other spirits

The spirit of human beings Pr 20:27 See also Job 32:8; Ecc 12:7; Lk 8:55; Lk 23:46; Jn 3:6; Ac 7:59; Jas 2:26

The spirits of the dead Isa 26:14 See also Pr 2:18; Isa 14:9; Heb 12:23

Angels Heb 1:14 See also Jdg 6:21-22; Jdg 13:20-21; Zec 6:5; Ac 23:8

Satan Job 1:6 See also Job 2:1; 2Co 11:14; Eph 6:11-12

Demons Rev 16:13-14 See also Lk 6:18; Lk 7:21; Ac 23:8; 1Pe 3:19; Rev 18:2

The role of spirits

As instruments of punishment 1Sa 16:14 See also Jdg 9:23; 1Sa 18:10; 1Sa 19:9; 1Ki 22:20-22 pp 2Ch 18:19-21

As instruments of testing to inspire faith in believers 1Pe 5:8-9 See also Job 1:8-12,22; Job 2:3-6,10; Mt 4:1 pp Mk 1:13 pp Lk 4:2; Jas 4:7-8

Evil spirits and humanity

Possession by spirits Mk 9:17-18 pp Lk 9:39 See also Mt 8:28 pp Lk 8:27; Mt 15:22 pp Mk 7:25; Mk 1:23 pp Lk 4:33

Casting out spirits Mt 8:16 pp Mk 1:34 pp Lk 4:40 See also Mt 12:28 pp Lk 11:20; Mt 17:18 pp Mk 9:25-26 pp Lk 9:42; Ac 5:16; Ac 8:7

Consultation with spirits forbidden Dt 18:10-11 See also Lev 19:31; Lev 20:6; 1Sa 28:8-9; 2Ki 21:6 pp 2Ch 33:6; Isa 8:19; Isa 19:3

Discernment and testing of spirits

1Jn 4:1 See also 1Co 12:10; 1Jn 4:2-6

Jesus Christ has supremacy over all created spirits

Col 2:10 See also Mk 1:24-27,34 pp Lk 4:41; Lk 4:33-36; Lk 10:17-19; Col 2:15

See also

1225God as Spirit
2012Christ, authority
3010God, the Holy Spirit
4110angels
4120Satan
4130demons
4165exorcism
4190spiritism
5062spirit
8228discernment, examples
8734evil
8832testing