The Scripture says this:
Ephesians 6:12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Our Struggle is not against Humans.
Before Paul tells us the titles of the foe we wrestle against, he first reminds us who are struggle is NOT against. He says we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Obviously, this is a reference to other humans like ourselves. Throughout Scripture the term flesh and blood is used as a way of referring to other members of the human race (Gal 1:16; Heb 2:14).
Though at times we may fight against other people in the family room, or in the break room at work, or in the court room with our lawyers, or in the political arena with various issues, or even in deadly combat against other nations, these are all insignificant battles when compared to the struggle against spiritual forces.
This is because our struggle, our wrestling is against a much more fearsome and sinister foe. And the outcome of this battle has much more dire consequences than any of those others. Though families and work policies and governments and even history may change with the physical battles, this spiritual battle is a battle for eternal souls.
Our Struggle is Against…
Instead, this struggle is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
To learn more about these spiritual forces of wickedness, see the sermon on Ephesians 6:12.
Scriptural Books on the Armor of God
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