20.06.2022

Who do we fight?

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Who do we fight?

The people of God are described in many ways in the Bible. One of those ways is as an army.

In Ephesians Paul gives us the image of a Christian as someone preparing for battle.

Ephesians 6:10-11 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

We are at war, and as combatants we have an enemy. God has provided us with appropriate armour for the battles and has also told us who we fight - the Devil!

Ephesians 6:12 expands on the nature of this war.

Ephesians 6:12 12 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.

Various translations allow us to get more of a measure of what exactly this passage means. Derek Prince has also produced what he considers to be an accurate representation of this passage based on his understanding of the original Greek and I think its worth examining.

For our wrestling match is not against flesh and blood, not against persons with bodies, but against rulers with various areas and descending orders of authority, against the world dominators of this present darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenlies.

Derek Prince

One thing that stands out for me is that our enemies are not amongst the flesh. We will not gain victory if we attack people, that's not where the power lies. Real authority that stands against God and His people lies in the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenlies. We know from the book of Daniel that the Devil has an organisation, a structure of power with him at the apex. That is where we need to focus our defence and also attack. This is a battle between two kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and Light against the Kingdom of darkness. As Christians we are inhabitants of God's Kingdom.

Colossians 1:12-14 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we must take up the full armour of God and play our part in this war whose battle still rages yet our victory is secure!

 

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Chris Hall

Christian, father, husband, metallurgist, adhesives technologist.

Shocked, but not surprised by the way the world is going.

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