A note from our Pastor:
”For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”Ephesians 6:12
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In our study verse this week the Apostle continues his instruction to the community of believers regarding putting on the whole armor of God. As noted in our study last week, the whole armor of God is designed by God, for the children of God, in order to stand against the strategy and attacks of the devil. Those thoughts continue with this verse.
The Apostle first clarifies the struggle to which he is referring in this teaching. By the statement, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood” he is focusing his teaching on how the child of God handles the attacks of the devil. There is no denial of the struggle within us between flesh and spirit or at times even the struggle with external forces who would oppress the child of God. But in this context, the Apostle is focused on the attacks of the devil on the children of God.
As such, it is important to not politicize this verse. All too often, the phrase “spiritual wickedness in high places” is used to describe people in governmental roles. The Apostle though makes it clear this verse is not about flesh and blood but rather about spiritual battles which the disciples face.
The devil is often referred to as the prince of darkness and as such is the rule of darkness in this world. The evil which is done is ordered by him. The evil or wicked spirits which are commanded by him reside in high places above the children of God. Not to say they reside in heaven, but they are able to look down upon men and seek out every advantage against them. Thus the need for the child of God to have the entire armor of God.
Thankfully, while the devil and wicked spirits are all around seeking how to destroy the child of God, Jesus Christ is protecting us and also providing us with armor for the battle.
Our Prayers are with you daily,