There is so much that has been said regarding this verse of scripture, and so much that can still be said. That's because God's word is alive and not stagnant. His Spirit breathes life into it time and again.
In this day, in this nation, there are so many attacks happening simultaneously on different fronts, with the Commander In Chief, Trump, being the main instigator and protagonist. Instigator, not originator. The originator is the artist formerly known as Lucifer, Satan.
A few days ago, many honored a young lady who was beheaded in 1943 by the German government at the age of 21, Sophie Scholl and her older brother Hans. Their crime was writing and distributing pamphlets against Hitler and his atrocities.
Jews were not the only victims in the Holocaust, but also those who he perceived as a threat to his ideologies. If one were to side with the Jews you were arrested, probably tortured and killed. Even if someone didn't necessarily side with the Jews but stood against Hitlers tactics, politics, hatred, etc., voicing discontent was a death sentence no matter who you were.
So while on one hand, it may appear to be about antisemitism, racism, politics, etc., It's really about the obtaining and/or maintaining of power and wealth. It's about sin. The desire and obtaining of status, power and wealth does not develop in a vacuum nor in isolation. There's a whole lot of other people and sin involved, that gets exposed! Sin that has been nurtured and developed in communities and in people's hearts. Christ says in His word, the love of money is the root of all types of evil. The Spirit expounds and lets us know that it is the desire to obtain wealth and power causes us to fall into habitual sinful lifestyles. It points to a heart that's not right with God, no matter how much they say "Jesus" or attend church.
Right now, there appears to be a civil war brewing in this nation. Whites outwardly against any person of Black or Brown hue . A war, where Whites, no matter how great or small (economically, politically, physically) have seemingly been (or at the very least, feel) empowered to say what they will about blacks and browns to our faces. Always filled with anger and lies, ready to parrot, mimic and regurgitate the talking points of the Racist in Chief and his mouth pieces. They feel empowered to involve local authorities, who, many times, seem to cruelly hand out street justice when it suites them with very little, if any, consequences or abatement.
But why do they always look dumb founded when called out on it as if somehow they are being victimized? As if they are being harassed for doing their duty?
However, if you are other than Black and Brown and feel the need to stand up in the face of this adverse and perverse culture, you will also feel the wrath of the powers that be, because you have become a threat to the establishment.
In Ephesians 6:12, the verse is contrasting the physical with the spiritual. It is contrasting our walk in Christ Jesus with the work of Satan.
The word "principalities" in the context of this verse means the Chief evil from the beginning. "Powers" is the spiritual delegated influences.
"The rulers of the darkness of this world" are those who have been physically placed in charge by Satan; Those who are knowingly working with Satan and demonic entities to achieve his end game as we read in the latter chapters in Daniel, Matthew 24-25 and the book of Revelation. They are supernaturally charged, and have satanic, supernatural influence.
"Against spiritual wickedness in high places". This is not a "the top doesn't know what is going on at the lower levels". No. This is from the top down. The highest echelons of this nation and world powers! The higher up a person wants to go, the more they will know and be required to give. Spiritually, morally and ethically corrupt from Christ and His remnants standards, but morally acceptable and right by Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophets and those who are lost. They are dedicated to the anti-Christ, and it is out of this dedication and lack of faith in Christ that allows them to justify taking the mark of the beast.
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