War in the Heavenlies

A History of Kingdoms –

 

 

          We’re going to begin with a little history lesson and we’re going to go back in history a little further than you’ve probably gone before, particularly when we talk about kingdoms. And this is the issue. The issue is kingdoms, plural. The issue is there is something going on in creation that has to do with kingdoms. Most of the time when we hear the gospel of the kingdom taught or preached, most of the texts go back to Israel, looking for God’s pattern for Israel. And it is there. It is a very good pattern. But the issue of kingdoms precedes Israel. And, so we will be looking at that. We’re going to be talking about kingdoms. I want you to hear the history and to at least start understanding the context in which Jesus comes preaching the gospel of the kingdom. And so, we are going to look at the issue of kingdoms and go back to where the conflict begins.

            My objective, of course, is for you to have this context but it is also to help you to see that whether you choose to be or not, you are already in the battle that is of galactic proportions. And my objective is for you to see how crucial and vital and key you and I are in bringing this to a conclusion, and seeing the awareness of God’s way. His ways are just not man’s ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. He is doing something that is just awesome. It boggles the imagination. It is as extreme as in The Lord of the Rings, this little Hobbit child is discovering that the entire future rests on him. J.R.R. Tolkien was a Christian, and although he did not intend for it to be a Christian novel, it certainly has some interesting parallels. But, if you think that’s extreme, wait till you see what is in store for you. Just keep reading.

 

War in the Heavenlies –

 

            So, we are going to begin in Ephesians 6 with the war in the heavenlies. In Ephesians 6 we come to the text concerning the armor of God in verse 10.

 

   Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Verse 12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

            Wow! You could read, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, presidents, parliaments, kings in this world,” but you quickly recognize that’s not at all what it is talking about. We must have in our paradigm; we must have in the context of all of our thinking, that there is a battle going on. We, just by being in Christ, have been drawn into a battle and you have no choice. If you are not standing in this battle, you will be a casualty because He has a very clear intent for you and I in this battle and it is not to be casual observers; it is not to be totally distracted with other things. And so we must grasp that. There is a battle going on. And our struggle is against rulers, against powers, against world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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3 Responses to “War in the Heavenlies”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    Yes, the enemy is very active. He is a master at pin-pointing our weakness’, failures, and faults. He can render us utterly useless in the battle if we allow his attacks to penetrate our armor and defenses.

    We must be a people who continue to arm one another with Christ and replenish one another with Him.
    And when we are struck down by the enemy, we must carry one another to the Great Medic for Life support.

    He is our only hope in this fight.
    I am learning this more and more all the time.
    He is much quicker to reveal to me, these days, how utterly hopeless I am in myself, but thank God that He wants us to put our hope in Him and not ourselves!!

    He is faithful, and He lives in and through us!

  2. jeraldd Says:

    What a great analogy, Johnny – “carry one another to the Great Medic for Life support.” That’s a little different than the idea of ‘shooting our wounded.’ But our EMTs must be grounded themselves or they could catch the illness too.
    And we must not fail to be in communication with the Great Medic so we’ll know how to deal with each accident case.
    Boy, I love this analogy. It really fits.
    Thanks Johnny. Very perceptive.
    Keep reading. There’s lots more coming.

  3. timbob Says:

    Good evening. How imperative it is to understand that we are in an intense fight against the powers of darkness and that we are more than conquerors in Christ. II Timothy 2:4 says it perfectly. I’m looking forward to the future installments here.

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

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