Perhaps one of the most common Bible study themes in print and in use today. Spiritual warfare needs to be understood and confronted daily, it is one of the essential understanding for the Christian of all times, over the past 2000 plus years the Christian has been subjected to the battles or skirmishes with evil not knowing or understanding what is going on. As Christians believe that Jesus Christ won the war that freed all sinners from the bonds of sin, we fail to see the validity of constant warfare.
Now as far as the nonbeliever, who mocks the Bible and the Christian Faith, you may as well delete the link, and start your own in opposition and mockery. My prayer for you is that God forgive you for you know not what you do. The purpose of this series is not to debate over faith, nonetheless, if you manage to get past the opposition and stick to it, perhaps, you may realize the truth, seek God’s forgiveness, and find peace in your troubled soul. (We all have to go through a time of reckoning).
It is my prayer that this series may awaken even one sweet soul from the slumber of luke-warm Christianity to revival and vibrant involvement in restoring the Christian faith in the world. Jesus actually does not need our help; He could do it with just a purposeful thought. Nonetheless, we are called to defend, and be warriors of the faith; and it is my contention that we are the body of Christ, which means we become His physical body in this world.
This study will apply scripture to what is going on in this world, and has been since Adam and Eve. To be even more dated it began when Lucifer decided to be greater than God, and elevate himself above the Throne of God. Good and evil, then existed, even the most avid Atheist will concede to this understanding. Bad and good have faced off since that time, Atheist must dig deep to find reason not to believe this first little truth that separates.
Next, we must understand that while some would like to rile against the suggestion that there is a physical or material realm and a ‘supernatural’ realm and generally go into such a fit of repudiation that they accuse us of believing in myths and fairytales, to which I reply ‘what – ever.’
Here it is in a nutshell, the natural world consists of thing we can see, touch, smell, understand and manipulate, (Jim Norman ‘ETERNITY, God… Natural vs. Supernatural WordPress) in the natural, things are limited to things and conditions, (natural laws), which are in nature present or produced by nature with natural laws and elements.
The supernatural therefore indicate things and conditions, (laws) that contain all things outside the natural realm or order. Now, it stands the test of human reasoning, that the supernatural realm contains spiritual characteristics, Dr. Norman also wrote, and I agree, “it is not likely we can learn much about spiritual truth by studying and evaluating natural activity.”
“If eternity exists it rises above all we can see and swallows the known universe like a huge whale gulping a single plankton. If eternity is a reality and has spiritual characteristics, how presumptuous am I to demand that it be understood and interpreted in natural terms alone? That is like studying the behavior of fleas to learn more about the nature of elephants. How presumptuous is the notion that the natural and supernatural cannot touch each other?” “That is like saying we cannot be touched by a bullet we do not see.”
There truly is a “supernatural realm” it is the unseen, and untouched. The natural being the lessor of the two realms, furthermore, the natural realm cannot intrude into the supernatural, however, the supernatural has the power to intrude into the natural. Knowing then, that the supernatural realm is the dwelling place of supernatural beings or spirits, (good and evil) can intrude on our natural world and influence – even control the lessor natural laws.
In the situation of the Garden of Eden, we find the fall of man and the death of the spirit of man, and simply because the spirit is dead man cannot communicate with God. However, God can communicate with man. It is this supernatural natural intrusion that God communicated, or spoke to His prophets of old.
However, man could temporarily atone for sin through sacrifice. We now live in the second and final covenant, the covenant of grace through faith in the imputed sacrifice of Jesus Christ find permanent atonement, and the “Ye must be born again” experience resurrects the dead spirit within, that we have renewed a loving relationship with God.
Now this I will say at the cost of being criticized, ‘if you are lost your prayer, or communication with God is in vain. The only prayer God hears from the lost, has to be from the heart, and it is the prayer of repentance.’ If a person is lost, Satan has the right and authority to come and go, in and out and control your life.
If you are lost there is no such thing as spiritual warfare. It is little wonder the Christian and the Bible are so hated in this world, simply because Satan does not like to give up authority and ownership to God. Spiritual warfare is against the Christian and the Christian witness. It is through that witness that the Holy Spirit works to convict of sin and bring a lost soul to repentance and faith in Jesus. It is at that point that the human spirit is resurrected and Satan relinquishes his ownership.
Likewise, it is the point where spiritual warfare begins. You may be one who says “God is love” and live with that, God is love, he is also a holy and just God, who by necessity, is God of wrath and judgement. For example, we may look no further than the nation of Israel, set to wonder in search for God’s promise of a land flowing with milk and honey, being led by God through a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of smoke by day. Why would God not just take them straight there, after all, he judged their rebellion at the prolonged wait for Moses who went up the mountain to receive the Law, and the earth swallowed up many?
God’s judgement and wrath at work, nevertheless, he brought them to the shore of the river Jordan, and again they rebelled at the exaggerated report of the spies, save but two. Judgement of His nation brought the wrath of God to the point that He relented from destroying them, but put them to wander for 40 more years, until all whom above the age of 20 would parish in the wilderness, it took a completely new generation to claim the Promised Land.
God continuously culls his children, from the nation of Israel and the old covenant to the children of today in the new covenant in Jesus Christ. Separates the chaff from the wheat, although today, it is through persecution and spiritual warfare.
The war in which we are engaged, must be understood as primarily a spiritual war. Good and evil, the primary cause is unseen in part, because it is spiritual and therefore it spills over into the natural world we live in. In the book of Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 – 13 … “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of devil. … For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
This is where the spiritual war spills over and intrudes the natural realm, this globe, and the humans, which inhabit it. First, we notice that the Apostle wakes up the audience and brings them together. God through Paul is saying “WAKE UP” because now this war is in your laps. Of course, there are good people who are aware that wrong is wrong, if they believe or not, but have bought into the lies, from the pits of hell, and are in a slumber while for the past half century evil has slowly crept into our little piece of the world.
Speaking to the Christians God is saying “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We as Christians have access to the supernatural power of God through Christ Jesus. We are to put on the armor of God, so we can stand against the methodeias Gr. (methods) of the devil. Primarily we do not battle against the other humans, because they are in the natural order and the weaker than the supernatural. We do battle against the principalities, the rulers of the darkness of this age. The world leaders who are under the control of Satan, through their human nature. The enemy is by far the stronger; the supernatural strength is superior to any natural strength we encounter. World history tells what has been going on from the time of Eden, I doubt if one can find a span of time when war has not been over greed, lust, and envy just to name three of the deadliest evil motivations for war (religion is the most deadly and still is).
Against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places does not mean a geographical or physical place, it means the supernatural realm it eludes to the spiritual experience of God’s people. In the spirit we are at heaven’s gate, where our hearts are filled with heavenly thoughts and feelings; the statement before us is simply this, even in such a place with our fullest experiences, or humble service to God, we are not immune to the attacks of the spirits of evil.
I contend that the United States is a Christian nation, it has always been so, and it is a Christian nation with nearly every world religion represented among our citizenry. Over the past several decades that topic has been a cause for division and has been a weapon used to help persecute the Christian church.
Persecution of the Christian church comes in many forms. It has been somewhat victorious in removing our moral values from our nation. Some of the values evolved from ideologies and not biblical doctrine. In fact, our society proved some to be more harmful to a free society therefor paving the way for enemy to use sound doctrinal values as weapons against us.
The spiritual war has been going on since before the ink was barely dry on the Constitution. It in most part has been fought by covert warriors on both sides of the line, needless to say, the battle became more obvious at the end of the second world war, and a new weapon was laid in the hands of the enemy; the drive for global peace. The role of the United States became that of the peacekeeper, and that has not stopped us from being involved in war.
Where the spiritual warfare becomes the bloody warfare is the leaders of the world doing what they want to do. Of late, leaders are either displaying more of their evil hearts, or Satan is creating a major push in his offensive strategies because he understands more about his time coming to an end than we do.
Some of the “evangelical” Christians (myself included), are sensing a major event, and we are seeing the start of the separation of the sheep and the goats, or the sifting of the wheat and the chaff. Could be a major revival or awakening among the Christians. I have no idea, except I do not know the mind of God and therefore would only be adding to the flame of speculation.
I feel led to offer this series, so that perhaps one soul can see the urgency of the knocking at the door, and let Jesus in to dine and sup with him. Maybe just maybe, if we understand just how real it is, and the real problem is mostly out of sight, but actually 90 percent of the cause, we can deal with how, as an individual, can do the most positive work …
Thanks R.S. Helms