Many see this word as a form of cosmic battles and activity. But before I talk about this let me say that the cross disarmed such authorities.
The cross destroyed the effectiveness and powers of the law. It also destroyed what held us. It destroyed the rulers’ authority over us.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh THE LAW with its COMMANDS AND REGULATIONS. (Ephesians 2:14-15)
What was the purpose of this;
His purpose was to create in himself one NEW HUMANITY out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2:16)
The purpose is to make HUMANITY a new Creation. It was the cross were we are all new Creations. It is not your faith that made you a new Creation. It is the Cross of JESUS CHRIST.
Notice, Paul attributes the law to being a demolishing of powers and principalities.
having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:14-15)
Through the Cross, all humanity was reconciled to God. Whether in heaven or on earth. Destroying any form of powers and principalities.
What I want to draw your attention to is the term ” powers and principalities”.
Many times we equate this terms to mean or been some “demonic attacks/influrence”. But these words does not mean that at all.
Colossian 2:14-15 gives a clear use or meaning of the words. It means authorities. The Jewish authorities during the time of Jesus and the apostles.
Another use of this terms “principalities and powers” is in Ephesians and Romans.
Let take a look at it.
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that G2443 now G3568 unto the principalities G746 and G2532 powers G1849 in G1722 heavenly G2032 places might be known G1107 by G1223 the church G1577 the manifold G4182 wisdom G4678 of God, G2316
Ephesians 6:12 For G3754 we G2254 wrestle G3823 not G3756 against G2076 * G4314 flesh G4561 and G2532 blood, G129 but G235 against G4314 principalities, G746 against G4314 powers, G1849 against G4314 the rulers G2888 of the darkness G4655 of this G5127 world, G165 against G4314 spiritual G4152 wickedness G4189 in G1722 high G2032 places
Both terms uses the have the same root words in both verse. What is their meaning.
Definition: From G1832 (in the sense of ability);
privilege that is (subjectively) force capacity 6
competency freedom or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate superhuman 6
potentate token of control) delegated influence: – authority jurisdiction liberty power right strength.
Definition: From G756; (properly abstract) a commencement or (concrete) chief (in various applications of order time place or rank): – beginning corner (at the the) first (estate) magistrate power principality principle rule.
It was the same term used in Romans 8:38. It has nothing to do with demonic activity.
If it was about demonic activity, why did Paul tell Titus to obey or tell the saints to obey them.
Titus 3:1 Put G5279 them G846 in mind G5279 to be subject G5293 to principalities G746 and G2532 powers, G1849 to obey magistrates G3980, to be G1511 ready G2092 to G4314 every G3956 good G18 work, G2041.
Would that not be against God’s will. For us to obey “demonic or devilish activity”.
Let take another look at this verse also;
So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery UNDER THE elemental spiritual forces of the world. (Galatians 4:3)
We quote this verse leaving the rest. What forces where the Jewish nation under? It was the law.
Let see the next verse.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born UNDER THE LAW, to redeem those UNDER THE LAW, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4-5)
They were in slavery to the law/The old covenant. That is what Paul calls it “spiritual forces”. And Jesus came to redeem those under the spiritual forces/the law.
Truly, this has got nothing to do with some so called spiritual attacks or activities we need to battle in prayers. It is totally needless to pray such prayers against what is actually not in existence.
We are no longer under such “powers and principalities”. We are no longer under the law and as such not even under principalities and powers. We are under his Grace and Mercies.
These “powers and principalities” was completely taken away when the temple fell in A.D. 7O. All traits of the law was destroyed.
It is my desire for you to rest and be free from the “mindset” of unnecessary battles in prayer. Free your mind with truth. Be at peace my brothers.
May 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm
In the first sentence of this article, do you mean “comic” or “cosmic” … big difference.
May 21, 2016 at 8:46 pm
May 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm
I think this approach is too much in the anti-spiritual slant, ignoring the Hebrew concept of powers and principalities and the divine council. I encourage you to study the historic Hebrew concept of the divine council and THEM being the powers and principalities being taken out in the spiritual battle. http://www.bereanbiblechurch.org/studies/divinecouncil.php
May 21, 2016 at 10:56 pm
I think my post is clear.
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May 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm
Yes, but it is clearly confused in what they were saying. You would really do well to study the issue a bit further, and the few messages in the link would be a great start.
May 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm
In defining this term “principalities and powers” the Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period says it refers to:
A class of heavenly beings possessing unspecified power. The word pair occurs in early Jewish literature only in 1 Enoch 61:10. Perhaps they are the angels whom YHWH has put in charge of the nations. (Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period, p. 502)
The term used in the NT is drawn from the book of Enoch, so that is where the proper understanding can be deduced. It was not understood to be human leaders.
May 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm
Sorry the bible does not say so. and it is not about some so called spiritual powers somewhere.
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May 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm
Actually it does. The Bible, when understood and read in its proper context – the context of the beliefs of the writers at the time and the massive amount of 2nd Temple literature that they were steeped in that sets the backdrop for the NT – is very clear on these spiritual powers. It is when someone approaches things with a “Bible Only” mentality that things get confused like we see here. Your view is NOT in line with what the Hebrews believed or what the Bible says when understood in the context of the times it was written. This is truly something you will NEVER understand until you study further into their beliefs and theology at the time they wrote, something you cannot grasp just from the 66 books. I encourage you to look deeper, and the link I sent has a few articles to help you do just that.
May 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm
I have done much more studies. But the bible avoid godless myth and genealogies.
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May 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm
Well here is the delimma you are creating with this anti-spiritual interpretation – the spiritual heavenly powers (angelic leaders of the nations) are clearly established in the OT. Then throughout the OT we see the spiritual battles taking down these heavenly rulers. And when we get to these last days during the NT time, when the final battles in the spiritual realm are taking place, you seek to remove them. You cause a large disconnect within the whole of the biblical storyline. The story is coming to a climax, when the Lord is taking out the spiritual powers to become all in all, to take back the nations that had been allotted to the spiritual powers during the OT, yet your view destroys the story and makes the climax disappear. You seek to dissect the verse on the word level, yet you ignore the use and understanding of the Hebrew concept being put forth in this phrase. That is to take this out of context and remove it from what it meant to them. As previously mentioned, this phrase originates outside of Scripture, and they are using it here in the same way it is understood in the 2nd temple literature prevalent in their day. Unless you can make your case stand by going to the root of this phrase as it is used in places like Enoch, which was quoted and referenced often in the NT, then you have simply created a new view foreign to the biblical context wherein it was written. Again I encourage you to study further, and believe the sermons I linked will be very helpful. Do not be afraid to examine a new view. Be open to examining a challenge to your understanding, you may learn something you have not considered.
May 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm
What makes you think I have not read the book of Enoch before? And what makes you think there is still all spiritual fighting going on?
Well, I am very open to learning. And I have made my case, maybe you are forcing things that are not there to be there. As Paul will called it unspiritual (Colossians 2:18-19).
the final battle of the OT took placed in A.D. 7O, I don’t know what last days you mean in the NT you mean?
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May 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm
To limit this to the 1st century is to miss the point being conveyed by using those 1st century Jewish ruling authorities………this is 1 step away from Israel Only Preterism.
May 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Sorry I don’t care about the “sections” in preterism. Or do I write to agree with a particular type of preterism. I do my studies, I don’t write to agree with aņy group in preterism.
Can we stop all this kinds of divisions preterism
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September 10, 2018 at 10:00 am
Well said Jonathan, I think it’s very clear on what you communicated.
March 29, 2019 at 8:22 am
Spiritual powers :This doesn’t mean there are cosmic beings somewhere in heaven :Man has the mind and conscience, the function of the mind is what is referred to us spirituality, the mind is the spirit and the spirit is the mind and this is the battlefield of all humanity which is also can be called heaven being the state of mind.devil /satan are symbols and a veil that hinders men from God’s knowledge of oneness with humanity .Devil /satan mind of the accuser or opposer within a man. The personified character of Judah is called devil. Get behind me Satan (Peter) you mind things that not be of God but the things that be of men “this was the mind Satan that opposed God’s plan, this ain’t a cosmic being that entered Peter but the mind within Peter himself, man is spiritual being that functions in the body. All manner of evil or wickedness is man’s doing which emanates within the heart of man from his conscience.Jesus put it clear within the heart of man comes out evil thoughts, murder, idolatry in a nutshell all manner of wickedness :this is not an immortal being entering men and causing them to do all manner of evil. Furthermore the spirit and flesh war against each other that you may not do what you want, the spirit wants the things of the spirit and flesh wants the things of the flesh. This two war against each other. Man the battle ground. I end here but the article is very clear.
March 29, 2019 at 8:59 am
Yes there is no cosmic being somewhere. It is all in our minds.
May 15, 2020 at 5:25 am
Hi, forgive the late response….very interesting reading…so are you saying there is no enemy for us to battle spiritually.
May 15, 2020 at 7:30 am
Yes. The is none.
June 11, 2020 at 10:09 am
So people are getting thrown around and scratch on the back of their own minds??! Oh, come on people, wake up..
April 24, 2021 at 1:56 am
but what about demons? What about Ephesians 6:12?
May 5, 2021 at 12:54 am
There are no demons. I have already explained it in my article Titled, Powers and principalities.
June 11, 2020 at 10:03 am
Well, you are right in many ways, but you miss the fact, that before Jesus people was governed by sacrifises to avoid elemental spirits judging them by the law of Carma. Jesus sat us free of that no doubt. Problem is, when vacancy pops up, tresspassers move in to abuse the energy. I respect you analyzis, but I was born into the ongoing spiritual battle, seeing all sorts of things before I could even speak, so contemplate on my humble words, when I tell you, that you have missed out on reality. When evil entities hunt for you, because you share your Light, it realy doesn’t matter, which exact words are in the Bible or not, it all comes down to calling on Jesus again and again, just to survive. You should never dismiss things, just because you haven’t seen them first hand. May God bless you with enlightenment.
September 2, 2020 at 9:15 am
Most of you have no idea what you say. But it alright. Your beliefs are dear to you.
Whatever you think you create.
August 18, 2020 at 7:52 am
If you are saying there’s no enemy for us to battle with spiritually, how would you interprete “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but… against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. Ephesians 6:12
September 2, 2020 at 9:14 am
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November 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Brother you believe in your mind, come to Africa honestly you will be lost in the Jungle , seating under a tree and heavy rain falling only on you but not in the rest of the forest, meanwhile you where sleeping in your bed before all this happened. The elders of the village will send the village scout empowered by demon spirit, who will walk right where u are seating in the pool of mosquitos. They will take you by your right hand and just as they approach the village, they will ask u to walk in front of them while they follow you behind, but in a split of a second, turning your head back to see if they where still there, sorry they are gone, so you walk into the village and the elders of the village take you the village Shrine only to find the two Scouts explaining what the saw in the jungle.
At this point that your Brain Theory would have been taken care of. Buckle up young man the world is deeper than you think. A few books you have read may be misleading you.
There is battle out there. Only Jesus and not your Brain can beat it to submission.
December 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm
You are funny. Am a pure african living in Africa. You don’t know me. And you don’t know am a northern man who has ancestors. Better stop joking.
There is nothing you can show me, that I don’t know.
November 17, 2020 at 4:02 pm
And here lies the conflict mind against mind truth against truth
Spirit against flesh man against man
Opinion against opinion the principalities around us within us however we defined them they come real to each of us.
Enjoyed the discussion
December 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm
This is so INACCURATE.
The Son of A’dam shall send forth his angels, and את eth they shall gather out of his Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do TRANSGRESS THE TORAH; And shall CAST THEM into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
MATTITHYAHU 13:41-42 את CEPHER
There are SOO many more scriptures that contradict what this article says. Paul speaks of 7 different TORAH and if you are NOT well versed in the Tanhk then you CANNOT understand the Brit Hadasha….smh