The Bible is full of examples of spirit communication and mediumship. From Jacob wrestling with an angel at the ford of Jabbok, to the materialized hand that wrote on the wall in the palace at Babylon. The Bible holds examples of many of the phenomena that began to strongly reoccur in the mid1800’s.
There are strong sayings against spirit communication in the “Books of Moses” in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, but I know of no such warnings in the New Testament. I’ve read the Bible, I’ve searched it on the Internet. I’ve studied it. I can’t find anywhere in the New Testament where it says that mediumship or spirit communication is not right. In fact, I’ve found the opposite.
1 Corinthians 12 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy. The fact is, the founder of Christianity Himself, Our Lord Jesus Christ, performed some of the most powerful acts of spirit communication in history; if he were alive today, we would consider him an extraordinarily gifted medium. By doing so, Jesus violated the Old Testament laws against mediumship, but that was nothing out of the ordinary for Jesus. Jesus often violated Old Testament laws, for example, by breaking Sabbath laws and disregarding kosher dietary laws. The examples of Jesus’ mediumship are too numerous to cover them all; I’ll discuss just a few of them. Mediumship is classified as either mental or physical. Jesus demonstrated the ability to do both. The ability to levitate is a rare form of mediumship; Jesus had this ability. From Chapter 6 in the Gospel of Mark comes this account:
Mark 6:45-5145 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.Another of the most powerful examples of mediumship is materialization. This is what happened to King Belshazzar of Babylon in the Book of Daniel when a hand appeared to him:
Daniel 5:5-65 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp stand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way. –Jesus also had the ability to produce materializations. His most famous one is called The Transfiguration, which can be found in the 17th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:
Matthew 17: 1-81 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.Jesus was such an exceptional medium that he demonstrated mental mediumship in addition to physical mediumship. Simply put, Jesus would give out information that was impossible for him to know under normal conditions. Here’s an example from the 19th Chapter in the Gospel of Luke:
Luke 19: 28-3528 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’ “32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. The way mental mediumship works is the medium has developed clairvoyance and/or clairaudience so that he can see or hear information given to him by spirits. Jesus performed this on many occasions.Finally, Jesus not only demonstrated his extraordinary abilities as a medium while he was alive, but he continued to do so after his crucifixion. Here is an example from the 20th Chapter of the Gospel of John. Jesus fully materialized in front of his disciples. Note that the door was locked on both occasions:
John 20: 18-20, 24-2919 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side…24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
These are just a few examples of Jesus engaging in spirit communication and mediumship in the Bible. His disciples continued these practices after Jesus ascended into the Spirit World forty days after his crucifixion.
Mediumship and spirit communication have been an integral part of Christianity beginning with Jesus, continuing with his apostles and the early Christians, and can still be experienced in our “Spirit-filled” church today.So, for all of the “doubting Thomas” out there, read your Bible. If it is somehow against biblical teachings to do this, then Jesus himself would have to be the first one to reply, “I’m guilty as charged.” But it wouldn’t be the first time Jesus broke the rules of the religious authorities of His day.