Spirits of the Age

In the New Testament, we find the terms "Holy Spirit" and "Holy Ghost." We could ask ourselves, "Why does the Bible use those terms instead of just saying something like 'the Spirit?'". The Bible uses the term "the Spirit" often, but when the Bible uses the term "Holy Ghost" or "Holy Spirit," it is trying to emphasize that the influencing force or spirit in or upon an individual is not just any spirit, but the Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Christ.

One of the great blessings of the New Testament salvation is that we can have God's Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, within us. The Bible says, "...Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27b). Again it says, "...ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance..." (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Having the Spirit of God in us allows us to be sons of God. If we have the Spirit of Christ in us, we belong to Him and not the world; the Spirit within us cries "Abba, Father," causing us to identify with God rather than the world (Romans 8:9-11, 15; Galatians 4:6).

Everyone in the world is under the influence of some spirit. Many are being influenced by materialism, atheism, communism, socialism, humanism, fear, pride, and many other spirits. As Christians, we can be directed by the Holy Ghost and have the ability to discern the other spirits that are not of God (I Corinthians 12:10). With the Holy Spirit, we are part of the Kingdom of God and can claim righteousnes, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17).

Even though we live in an age when there are many spiritual forces and the spirit of the antichrist is working, we also live in the age of the Holy Ghost, and greater is the Spirit that is in us than the spirits of this age (I John 4:4). We have the victory! (I Corinthians 15:57)