There are many earthly things the Bible uses to illustrate heavenly or spiritual things to us. For instance water is used frequently when speaking of the Spirit of God. Jesus told the woman at the well “Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but this water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14) Jesus is contrasting earthly water with spiritual water. He’s telling us the spiritual water will not only quench our thirst it will actually enable us to quench the thirst of others. Water is sort of like electricity in that it will follow the path of least resistance so we just have to be willing to receive. The woman’s response was probably like most of ours would be; she said, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty …”
Wind is another example used to define the Spirit of God. Jesus told Nicodemus “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) And of course there is the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost found in Acts 2 where it says, “There came a noise like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” The first mention of the word Spirit in the Bible is found in the 2nd verse of Genesis it says, “…the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” This word Spirit is actually translated from a Hebrew word that means breath, exhalation or to breathe. So it only makes sense that Jesus would use wind to illustrate the Spirit and the pouring out of the Spirit would have an accompanying wind. Isn’t it great God never leaves himself without a witness? Sometimes we are blind to it or don’t take the time to notice, but there is always something around that shouts God’s presence.
We live in two different realms at the same time. One of them is the earthly, or natural realm, where matter is found such as: houses, cars, trees, stars and the animal kingdom. The other is the Spirit realm where we find God, angels, demons etc. I for one believe everything in the seen realm was created out of the unseen realm. God said, “Let there be” and there was. So it’s only sensible that we can see glimmers or traces of the Spirit realm within the earthly. “Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)
My most recent thought about how we can see the spirit realm in the natural is a whale. I don’t know very much about whales really, but I do know that even though they live their entire lives in the ocean they have to come to the surface to breath. Whales are in fact mammals and do not have gills like a fish. They have to swim to the surface every so often in order to breathe. It dawned on me that this is somewhat of a picture of the believer. We live in the world and yet our real life comes from above in another realm all together. I once heard it put like this “We are resurrected spirits living in a fallen body.” Just like the whale, we live in both realms at the same time. We live in a fallen body, in a fallen world but our real life comes from another place. The thought of a whale swimming to the surface in order to take a breath is like us praying. We, just like the whale, require air (the Spirit) from above to live.
Written by Louie