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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
6:12 For our wrestling is not only, not chiefly, against flesh and blood - Weak men, or fleshly appetites. But against principalities, against powers - The mighty princes of all the infernal legions. And great is their power, and that likewise of those legions whom they command. Against the rulers of the world - Perhaps these principalities and powers remain mostly in the citadel of their kingdom of darkness. But there are other evil spirits who range abroad, to whom the provinces of the world are committed. Of the darkness - This is chiefly spiritual darkness. Of this age - Which prevails during the present state of things. Against wicked spirits - Who continually oppose faith, love, holiness, either by force or fraud; and labour to infuse unbelief, pride, idolatry malice, envy, anger, hatred. In heavenly places - Which were once their abode, and which they still aspire to, as far as they are permitted.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle. Fights then were a hand to hand grapple. Not against flesh and blood. While flesh and blood may seem to assail us, the real enemies are evil spiritual powers. Against principalities, against powers. These terms designate different rank of evil spirits. These were fallen angels (see Ro 8:38). The same terms are applied to the different ranks of holy angels in Eph 1:21. Against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Satan is described as the ruler of this world (Joh 12:31 14:30 16:11) and the god of this world (2Co 4:4). He uses for his dominion not only evil spirits, but wicked men, and his sway is darkness rather than light. Against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. "Spiritual [hosts] of wickedness" (Revised Version). It is likely that the meaning is the same as in Eph 2:2 The high places, the air, is a dwelling place and medium of these evil influences.
Caldyn's comment on 2013-09-10 20:45:29:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...Instead of looking at the person that just insulted you or pissed you off, look at the demon behind the person. For The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He(the enemy)wants you to start a fight so one of you could end up killing the other. Thus one of you end up killed and the other one end up destroyed. (Two birds with one stone.)It happens everyday like this and the only one who benefits is the ruler of this dark world/your enemy.
ET - Phoning Home's comment on 2013-06-01 04:59:09:
The Holy Spirit reminding us, through Paul, who our real enemy is: NOT people, those living in darkness around us, (once we were no different to them Eph:2). Remember, WE ARE ONLY SAVED BY GRACE - Jesus Blood washed us and is the only cure for our addiction to sin - He can do the same for ALL who turn to Him no matter their plight. The battle is the Lord's - but He asks us to 'wrestle' in prayer for them. ARE WE CHURCH?
Moises Rodriguez's comment on 2013-04-12 20:21:05:
if Satan depends on god's permition to do things
then he is a foe.is he is a god like he claim,a
real god do not need permition from someone else
to do the things he want to.
Anonymous's comment on 2013-03-18 07:07:22:
Text that teaches us to forgive our enemies, despise fighting flesh but hands on in prayer.
Julin Mc Vane's comment on 2013-01-28 02:41:34:
When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from Him and back to sin. This battle is against all who are on the Lordís side.
Tia's comment on 2012-12-26 00:29:52:
The scripture is talking about powers and dark forces that we cannot see. There is a spiritual fight going on between God and his angels, and Satan and his demons. This is why there is a scripture that says put on the whole armour of God. We have to be equipped with the word and ready to stand.
Grim Wriggler's comment on 2012-12-14 12:42:34:
Paul is explaining perfectly the New World Order, which makes me wonder if Romans 13 is a mistranslation -deliberate? And in fact there has been no authority as are not in accordance with Gods' laws.
Peter's comment on 2012-11-29 01:20:15:
High places refers to persons, devices, vehicles, etcetera, who, through pride, vanity and fear, would replace the commandments, the sacrifice of the mass for whoredoms as in drugs, prostitution, porn and adulteries. All the best and in all humility. Peter
CDFrom's comment on 2012-10-07 16:10:09:
I have an older copy of the new testament in which the cover and a few pages from the front are missing. This passage reads: We wrestle not ONLY with flesh and blood... The ONLY is a striking contrast to all other versions I have seen, and one word with huge implications, like 7 billion now living, not to mention those the memories of flesh and blood since past, that shape our beliefs. I often wonder about the translation, its origin, and which is true. End story remains the same GOD is GOD, I am not and Christ alone has paid the penalty for sin.
Ken's comment on 2012-02-11 08:44:45:
"....against the spirits of evil in the heavens."
There are no evil spirits in Heaven or Heavens (Sky). Thats not to say there no evil spirits transversing thru the sky looking for evil men and minds.....So, in that respect, there are evil spirits in the "Heavens". One view.
"....against spirituall wickednes in high places"
Another view. A more reasonable view when taken with the theme of the entire chapter.
This "High Places" are political offices of Man. Men who work evil in secret. Rulers who spread deceit....
"against the rulers of the darknes of this world, against spiritual wickednes in high places."
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