TDNT has the following note on poneria... A. But, like the patients in the mental hospital, until we realize where the source of that evil is, we will make no real contribution. -- William Gurnall, In heaven we shall appear, not in armor, but in robes of glory. I instinctively grabbed it and pushed it away from my face. 4:7). The cross his Banner and his motto, “he who suffers conquers. The situation is where the opposition or the enemy now controls the movements, the actions, or the reactions of the person who has been captured.Many Christians are POWs, prisoners of spiritual warfare. He could not stop trembling. That hurts you and you want to go after them. (Genesis 3:15). - Ken Hutcherson, Christians who take Satan lightly are ignoring Biblical instructions. —Baring-Gould. Just as the Nazis were actually defeated on D-Day, but continued killing and causing trouble until V-Day, satan, a defeated enemy (Col 2:15) is not yet fully routed. The devil is powerful because he is a deceptive schemer. The heart of the matter, of course, is the spiritual conflict that we must engage in because we worship the true and living God. In Colossians Paul describes the before/after picture of a believer writing that God the Father... has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (believers live in the kingdom of light with Christ as their kind King) for He delivered (rhuomai - aorist tense = past completed action) us from the domain (exousia) of darkness (unbelievers live in the kingdom of darkness where Satan is their malevolent master), and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. We are not to shut our eyes to it, or try to patch up a compromise with it. 28:17). In this verse exousia is a metonym that stands for those invested with the "right and the might". He was rushed to the hospital with a badly fractured leg. Keep in mind different deliverance ministries have slightly different theories and understandings of how exactly things should be labeled and organized. They lie in wait, looking for a chance to pounce..... We do not struggle against flesh and blood. Skia it can assume the meaning of skotos and indicate the sphere of darkness) is literally that sphere in which light is absent. John Owen, Watch and pray. After a brief struggle, he yanked the gun from my hand and the two men ran off into the night, leaving me with a wound from the gun-sight that required four stitches to repair. J. R. R. Tolkien, The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. This enemy is Satan and everything within his kingdom. As soldiers of Christ, we must rid ourselves of anything that hinders us in the conflict with our spiritual enemy. The enemy against which we are called to wrestle can never be fought in the natural plain or in the physical sphere, for we do not wrestle against a flesh and blood enemy. Gideon was afraid, so God sent him into the enemy camp at night. What does this verse really mean? Ephesians 6 is like a reminder to the saints in Ephesus who should have been very familiar with the reality of warfare against invisible demonic forces. We are in a greater arena than the one we can see. In military strategy, it is fatal to underestimate the strength of the enemy. Some soldiers receive a rifle and some are given pistols or ride in a tank armed with a cannon and machine guns. Amplified: For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Yes, the devil is real and is organized against us. —Monsell We ought to pray like that, especially because our unseen and wicked enemies are vehemently trying to hinder us. And let's assume that this time you stand firm and win this battle (enabled by the omnipotent Spirit Who empowers you to abstain from those fiery missiles of fleshly lusts which wage war against your soul -- see Eph 6:16, 1Pe 2:11-note). As Christ's followers we're not battling armies, but we are at war. The demons are real and they aren’t on your side. Is this hopeless? To see less evil in the world means that we must conquer the evil that is pouring forth from our own heart. For a time, satan has a measure of authority to cause harm. It needs to be emphasized again and again that the flesh, our unredeemed humanity, is beyond reclamation and needs to be put to death. A Bulwark never failing; (See notes Ephesians 2:1; 2:2; 2:3), (Our new position - in Christ) But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. If so, go forth to conquer with the shield of faith and quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Ep 6:16-notes). Vol. We do not have the luxury of neutrality. This negative statement clarifies the atmosphere immediately regarding the nature of our foe. Arche is the authority granting the power, and exousia is the one who executes the power which pictures a divine order or an invisible rank. And yet this is why we should rouse ourselves even more and be alert. You're in the middle of a war! They did not know their enemy, and they did not have the right weapons. That is what Paul said, "Flesh and blood are not our enemy." war (strateuo = literally serve in the army and figuratively engage in spiritual conflict) according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare (strateia = military engagement, a military campaign) are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful (dunatos = means they are capable and competent, in context because they are God's not ours) for the destruction (causing destruction by tearing down) of fortresses. We are in Christ and He is in us and we are to fight this enemy with the spiritual weapons that He has provided - through the Word of God and all-prayer. The terms used in verse 12 cannot be arranged in any definite rank or order, but they do seem to indicate an organized spiritual hierarchy of some sort. Salem Media Group. "I hope I am wrong," writes Michael Green, "but I do not see the modern church, in the West at any rate, as a body which is alive to spiritual warfare. It is the great aper of God. In a parallel passage in the NT Paul elaborated on the inherent danger of idol worship writing to saints in Corinth a city well known for rampant idol worship, a practice out of which many in the church had been delivered by grace through faith... (Paul asks) What do I mean then? I just can’t see the unseen enemy. Mel Gibson, Jesus invited us not to a picnic but to a pilgrimage; not to a frolic but to a fight. God's Word of Truth renews our mind (Ep 4:23-note), and determines how we think and believe and therefore how we act and behave. Wayne Barber explains who our real enemy is writing that... Our enemy is not flesh and blood. 20 Then he said, "Do you understand why I came to you? Such views make Satan’s work easy for him! By using the word "wrestle" from the Greek word pale, Paul was telling every reader (and us) that spiritual warfare can be a bitter struggle and an intense conflict. It is not a struggle between human beings. Christ gained complete victory over sin, death and Satan through His death, burial and resurrection. Finally, you have to keep on doing it. From ponein, to toil. Pale describes the struggle between individual combatants which distinguishes it from strateia (4752) which refers more to the entire military expedition or campaign, to military service or to warfare. 2)(Ephesians 6:16, 17) February 9, 2014. They are opposed to all that is good and holy and right. NKJV For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Doth seek to work us woe; Because like the other combat sports, pankration was extremely violent. Romans 1:29 (note) being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips.