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Spiritual Beings

Theme: 1. Spiritual Beings

Summerstrand 18:30 21 July

INTRODUCTION

We are not alone!

God created two overlapping realms, the heavens and the earth

In the beginning God created two realms, the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). This is the setting for the story of the Bible. In the garden of Eden humans squandered their chance to rule the earth on God’s behalf and lost their access to this paradise because of their foolish rebellion against God’s will (Gen 3). This is the earthly part of the story we are quite familiar with.

But there is another set of characters, the spiritual beings of the heavenly realm who also take part in this earthly story. These two realms, the heavens and the earth, overlap. With that part of the story we are not so familiar.

We are not alone!

Plus, there are deep misunderstandings of what the Bible actually teaches about these spiritual beings.

We will look in our series of seven sermons amongst others at the “host of heaven”, as Genesis 2:1 calls the sun, moon, and the stars that were created to rule over the day and the night (Gen 1:14-19). These heavenly bodies are real but also double up as symbols of real spiritual beings. The same goes for the snake in Genesis 3 who is both a real snake as well as a representative of a real spiritual being (Rev 12:9; 20:2).

Series of seven sermons

We are going to look at the following spiritual characters in the Bible:

  1. Spiritual Beings – 21 July
  2. Elohim – 4 August
  3. Divine Council – 11 August
  4. Angels and Cherubim – 18 August
  5. Angel of the Lord – 25 August
  6. The Satan and Demons – 1 September
  7. The New Humanity – 8 September

The series will focus on a lot of content out of the Bible. Maybe stuff that you have never heard of. Maybe stuff that you have forgotten of.

This content is absolutely necessary. We have to grow in knowledge before we will be able to understand, and engage, and live the life God has called us to. Before we will be able to trust God for the life He has called us to.

We have to know the what before we can get to the how.

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Vertrou die Helper – Johannes 14-16

Hoe dink jy oor die Heilige Gees?

Ek onthou hoe ek direk na my bekering ‘n boekie gelees het, iets soos die Oorvloedige Lewe. Dit het gegaan oor die vervulling met die Heilige Gees. Ek onthou goed as jong tiener die ervaring van geluk en vrede wat ek gehad het in my aanvanklike bewuswording van die Heilige Gees.

Dit is hoe baie mense die Heilige Gees ervaar. Sommige beskryf vervulling as ‘n stroom van onuitputlike liefde. Ander as ‘n tot rus kom in jouself. Ander as ‘n vrede wat jou verstand te bowe gaan.

Tog, het ek later van ander groot manne en vroue se ervaringe met die Heilige Gees gelees wat my laat wonder het, mis ek nie iets nie? Veral in die boek They Found the Secret: Twenty Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity.

Daarin is die wonderlike verhale van onder andere Hudson Taylor, Charles Finney, Dwight Moody, Andrew Murray, en Eugenia Price. Hulle verhale het my geïnspireer, maar ook laat wonder. Mis ek nie iets nie, want my ervaring was baie keer so ‘n bietjie op en af. Soms baie bewus. Soms ‘n bietjie minder.

Miskien het jy ook al gewonder?

Deur die jare het ek ook ervarings gesien wat my heeltemal teen die bors stuit. Die Toronto Blessing van mense wat in ‘n beswyming gaan, aan die hardloop gaan, weird en selfs skokkende dinge doen. Kyk maar net na die videos van mense soos Benny Hinn waar mense platgedruk word en aan die bewe gaan, soms heeltemal onbeheerbaar.

En dan wonder ‘n mens wat is die waarheid?

Wie is die Heilige Gees? Hoe werk vervulling? Wat kan jy verwag?

Begin by God se Openbaring

Dit is altyd belangrik om by die openbaring wat God vir ons gegee het, te begin. Om te begin met wat God vir ons in sy Woord openbaar het. Dan voorkom ‘n mens dat jy mislei word.

Wie is die Heilige Gees? Wat doen Hy? Wat leer ons in die Bybel?

Daar is drie aspekte van die Gees se werk wat ek wil uitlig in die OT. Daar is uiteraard meer.

Download the English Translation: Trust the Helper – John 14

HIER VOLG DIE HELE EREDIENS:

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Spiritual Beings – series of seven sermons begins Sunday 18:30

Two Realms

In the beginning God created two realms, the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). This is the setting for the story of the Bible. In the garden of Eden humans squandered their chance to rule the earth on God’s behalf and lost their access to this paradise because of their foolish rebellion against God’s will (Gen 3). This is the earthly part of the story we are quite familiar with.

Spiritual Beings

But there is another set of characters, the spiritual beings of the heavenly realm who also take part in this earthly story. Why? Because these two realms, the heavens and the earth, they overlap. With that we are not so familiar. Plus, there are deep misunderstandings of what the Bible actually teaches about these spiritual beings.

We will look in our series of seven sermons amongst others at the “host of heaven”, as Genesis 2:1 calls the sun, moon, and the stars that were created to rule over the day and the night (Gen 1:14-19). These heavenly bodies are real but also double up as symbols of real spiritual beings. The same goes for the snake in Genesis 3 who is both a real snake as well as a representative of a real spiritual being (Rev 12:9; 20:2).

We are going to look at the following spiritual characters in the Bible:

  1. Spiritual Beings – 21 July – this Sunday
  2. Elohim – 4 August (we skip a week due to Missions Sunday with the Brinks)
  3. Divine Council – 11 August
  4. Angels and Cherubim – 18 August
  5. Angel of the Lord – 25 August
  6. The Satan and Demons – 1 September
  7. The New Humanity – 8 September
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    Dean van Wyk

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    Baie dankie Rethie vir hierdie inspirerende boodskap. Ek is oorspronklik van PE en woon nou 20jaar lank in PTA.
    In my stiltetyd vanoggend het ek Fil 2:12b-13 gelees en dit kan net deur die Gees van God wees dat ek op hierdie preek afgekom het.

    God seën jou bediening en geniet die see( ek beny julle).

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Hansie. Die Here is goed vir ons.

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    Hansie

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    Dankie Chris. Lanklaas so ‘n geestelik verrykende erediens bygewoon. Ek is skoon opgewonde. Alle seen vorentoe.

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Boeta!

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    AntonvanWyk

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    Baie duidelik. Pragtige versterkende boodskap