The Unseen Conflict
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the [fallen angelic] rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
Fallen Lucifer and his fallen angelic hoard have corrupted both the heavens (Job. 15:15) and the earth, both needing to be “reconciled” unto the Lord.
We as individual Bible believing Christians shares the truth the gospel of the Bible for today that Paul calls, “the gospel of the grace of God.” In doing so we are engaged in an immense yet unseen conflict. The ‘words’ that we share with others should be God’s words for the lost and dying soul’s that we encounter in our daily life.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (KJV)
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth [Gk. zao, makes alive]; the words that I [Jesus] speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 (KJV)
Today, The Lord speaks His words through us as His “ambassadors,” bringing the truth, that men may be “reconciled to God.”
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV)
Remember the words of God that we convey are very powerful, touching the heart the hearers one way or another. These words are living and sharp, having the power to expose “the thoughts and intents of the heart” of the hearer… so some may recoil in anger and yet some may be deeply touched, for these words are “spirit and life.”
12 For the word of God is quick [Gk. zao, living], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
The excerpt below, from Ricky Kurth, may add to your understanding of the conflict wherein we wrestle against the unseen foe for the souls of lost men and to add understanding to the minds of confused Christians.
An Excerpt from: ‘Two Minutes with the Bible’ – The Berean Bible Society
How Do You Wrestle a Spirit? – by Pastor Ricky Kurth
“But did you ever wonder how you are supposed to wrestle a spirit? And what is this wrestling match all about, anyway? Paul doesn’t say, but we believe he was thinking of Daniel 10. Here an angel (Gabriel) was sent to Daniel to deliver a message from God, but a fallen angel “withstood” him for 21 days (vv. 11-14).
Since Paul says of our wrestling match that we must “withstand” (Eph. 6:13), we feel he had this passage in mind, especially when we consider what was happening in Daniel 10. The (fallen angelic) “Prince of Persia,” one of “the rulers of the darkness of this world,” was fighting to keep a message from God from getting through to a man of God. It is our firm conviction that “the rulers of the darkness of this world” are still fighting to keep a message from God from getting through to men and women of God—the grace (gospel) message. Today, however, God is not using angels to deliver His message to His people, He is using grace believers. Because of this, the members of Satan’s host are no longer withstanding angels, they are withstanding us.
And so, if you’ve been wondering how you are supposed to wrestle against the devil’s principalities and powers, wonder no more. Every time you share the grace message with someone, you walk out onto the wrestling mat. Every time you try to “make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery [God’s secret plan]” (Eph. 3:9), you engage your wicked opponent. And every dollar you invest in grace ministries helps defeat the adversary’s attempts to keep men and women of God from obtaining the message that unlocks the Scriptures, the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery [the secret]. Why not reach someone with the grace message today, and know the thrill of pinning a Satanic combatant to the mat, and liberating a bewildered believer from the dark shackles of religious tradition that envelope every saint who has not yet learned to “rightly divide the Word of truth.”