Wrestling Against Principalities, I
Posted by wordforit on October 4, 2007
It would be frightening to consider unseen enemies and spirits flying through the air looking for ways to harm me, but I am a child of God, a believer, sanctified, set apart, and a stranger in this world. I do not fear the principalities, powers or rulers of darkness; nor do I fear how high up in the wicked domain any of them are! What I do fear is not making an effort to warn nonbelievers of their deception!
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Ephesians 6:11-12~ “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 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.” Footnote: 11.wiles= craftiness 12. the believer’s enemies are the demonic hosts of Satan, assembled for mortal combat. Ryrie Study Bible, KJV
Word(s) for It: : Principles: an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct. Principal: first, or highest in rank, importance, value, etc. Principality: a state ruled by a prince. Principalities: an order of angels. Webster’s Universal College Dictionary
What does it mean to wrestle against “principalities”? Theologically, it is wrestling against the angels Satan took with him when he tried to usurp God (aka fallen angels). In using another definition from dictionary.com (purposely did not use a biblical dictionary), it is “an order of angels; supramundane powers often in conflict with God”. Supramundane regards “being or situated above the world or above our system; celestial beings”.
Satan is an angel, and is called prince of the demons in Matthew 12:24, indicating that demons are fallen angels. Principalities in Ephesians 6:12 refer to the ranks of these angels as in a prince having jurisdiction over a territory. In other words, like the angels we so often see, Cherubim and Seraphim, the demonic angels have an order of powers.
By reading Ephesians 6:11 we know that the use of principalities in the verse from Ephesians 6:12 refers to spiritual demonic activity, yet many do not see them as a real and tangible threat. The popularity of sorcery and magic is evidence of the lack of respect for the seriousness in calling up spirits. Bookstores are filled with sources on how to perform and practice occult rituals, not to mention what is available at our fingertips on the ‘net.
1Samuel 28:3-25 is the story of Saul consulting with a medium/necromancer (one who communicates with the dead), although all practices of such had been decreed illegal by Saul himself because they were against the law as noted in Exodus 22:18 and Deuteronomy 18:10-11.
Saul wanted to know the outcome of a battle he was facing but God was displeased with him, and rather than correct that issue, he took it upon himself to seek answers elsewhere. Sound familiar? The medium was shocked when the actual spirit of Samuel is allowed to come through (by God’s intervention, of course) rather than an impersonation via demonic spirits. You can, and I urge you to read the story, but it always strikes me as humorous that Samuel “wakes up grouchy“. I know some folk who act like they are being awakened from the dead when they awaken…!
Saul and his sons died as a result of the battle, as Samuel’s spirit told him would happen. Some believe that it was a punishment from God, but I believe that God does not punish; we suffer consequences for disobedience in either realm. It is bad enough to be inundated with evil from outside of oneself, why would we engage demons?