War is not a new thing to Christians. I mean, we are always in war, aren’t we? From dawn to dusk, we fight against everything that threatens our devotion to Christ.
When we read Ephesians 6, we find the detail description of the enemy we are up against just because we are in Christ.
Listen: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
I don’t know about you, but for me personally, I get terrified when I read this verse.
I mean, I look at my spiritual life and I feel so incompetent and unfit to fight against all the forces of evil. I just want to raise my white flag and surrender.
We can’t lead our Christian life with a verse or a chapter of the Bible but by the whole message of the Bible. Even if Ephesians 6:12 says that about the enemy of our soul, other verses of the Bible have something to say:
God “raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:20)
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10)
“Then the end will come, when he (Jesus) hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:24)
Well, well, well!
After all, we are not the ones who are fighting against all the evil forces but Christ Jesus Himself. He actually destroyed them all. We’re just in Him and enjoying all the victories that are coming to us through Him. Do you see that?
That is why Paul writes this way: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
That means, we put on all the armors of God (Ephesians 6:13-17) and go to war with joy and peace in our hearts knowing that, after everything is said and done, victory belongs to us through Him who loves us with an everlasting love. Don’t you love that? I do! ///