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“THE COMBAT IN THE SPIRIT IS MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH”, THE AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST'S GUIDE TO SATANIC COMBAT, PART 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Ephesians 6:11-12 , “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the Heavenlies.”

This is a real conflict! Real Combat! Combat fought in the spirit realm and manifested in the physical. The Ambassador for Christ is battling a real supernatural power, a real personal devil, Satan, who is accused of the crime of deceiving the whole world. Revelation 12:9 . Concerning Satan, the Apostle Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices.2 Cor. 2:11 .

Paul wrote “Satan hindered me.1 Thessalonians 2:18 . Note this remarkable statement concerning Satan, “And no marvel; for Satan Himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor. 11:14 .

When we read of the power and audacity of Satan in his three propositions to the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 4:1-13 , we are not surprised that the Lord Jesus Christ acknowledged Satan to be “the prince of this world.” Check out Luke 4:5-8 , and John 14:30 .

You and I should agree that the prince of this world has the world pretty much under his control. There is no exaggeration in the statement of 1 John 5:19 , “And we know that we are of God, and the WHOLE world lieth in the evil one.

Then note 2 Cor. 4:3-4 and Ephesians 2:2 . Here they are, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this age hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”, and then “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”

Note the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 13:38-39 and Matthew 13:4 , and here they are, “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are, the angels.”, and then, “Some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls devoured them up.”

The fowls were under the control of the devil. The devil sowed the tares. Do not forget that he is transformed into an angel of light.

It is true, as the Lord Jesus declared in John 8:44 , Satan was a murderer from the beginning and a liar, and the father of it; but God warns us not to be ignorant of the devices of this supernatural creature who transforms himself into an angel of light. Thus in his camouflage, Satan is the most RELIGIOUS creature in the universe of God. Note how his servants propagate his religious messages as servants of Christ, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.2 Cor. 11:13-15 . Note how Satan himself quoted the Scriptures when tempting the Lord Jesus. Luke 4:1-13 .

Satan, as the god of this WORLD, blinds the minds of unbelievers so that they will not believe the gospel and be saved. But in Ephesians members of the Body of Christ are seated in the Heavenlies. Then take note in Ephesians 3:10 why members of the Body of Christ are to obey Ephesians 3:9 , “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.Ephesians 3:10 . And then, “And to make all men see what is the Dispensation of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.Ephesians 3:9 .

So we learn that the members of the Body of Christ are not wrestling against flesh and blood when they seek to know and propagate the wonderful message concerning the Body of Christ, “the Dispensation of the Mystery”. It seems that they are fighting humanity for they are opposed on every hand by religious Christians who themselves make no effort to obey Ephesians 3:9 , but rather oppose, and sometimes with ungracious and foul tactics, those obedient servants of the Lord who try faithfully to make others see what is “the Dispensation of the Mystery”, “to the intent that now unto principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.Ephesians 3:10 .

BUT the conflict is against the ruler of world darkness and spiritual wickedness in the Heavenlies. Although the devil lost the high place he had in the Heavenlies he still has much to do with principalities and powers in the Heavenlies. Surely we know that the clever devil is in control of most of the religious movements on this earth, as well as the political rulers of this earth.

HOWEVER, in this message I want to emphasize the particular sphere of Satan’s activities with respect to the position and possessions of members of the Body of Christ in the Heavenlies.

The devil, in the Apostle Paul’s day, was determined that the Mystery should not be proclaimed and explained. He used his RELIGIOUS servants to get Paul locked up in jail. Note Paul’s testimony in 2 Timothy 2:8-9 , “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound.”

The Word of God is not bound”. But note in connection with the spiritual panoply (New Word of the Day for LLMr’s: A panoply is a complete suit of armor. The word represents the ancient Greek πανοπλια. The word παν means "all", and όπλον, "arms". Thus "panoply" refers to the full armor of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the shield, breastplate, helmet, greaves, and shoes, together with the sword) required to withstand the adversary, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication of all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:18-20 .

Again, the devil is just as determined today that there shall be no obedience to Ephesians 3:9-11 , “And to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He is more than successful, so far, as most of the members of Christ’s Body are concerned. But let every member, every Ambassador, join with the Apostle Paul in the prayer of Ephesians 6:19-20 ; Colossians 4:3-4 ; Ephesians 1:16-18 ; Ephesians 3:15-18 .

This wisdom of God was ordained to our glory before the world began. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 .

Now carefully note the spiritual armor, the whole armor of God, required to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-20 . And again note carefully in Ephesians 6:19-20 , the Divine method, the believer’s prayer for getting out the “mystery of the gospel”. Satan used his RELIGIOUS servants to get the Apostle Paul in jail for that message.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the LORD, and in the power of his might. Put on the WHOLE armour of God, that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the WHOLE armour of God, that ye may be able to withSTAND in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND. STAND therefore, having your loins girt about with Truth (The Belt), and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace; Above all, taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known The Mystery of the Gospel, For which I am an Ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:10-20

COMBAT IN THE SPIRIT IS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH: IN THE HEAVENLIES PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS

Now let’s take a look at Ephesians 1:19-23 , “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Hint from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the Heavenlies, Far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church, Which is His Body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2:6 , “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 3:9-10 , “And to make all men see what is the fellowship (Dispensation) of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God.

Ephesians 4:10He that descended is the Same also that ascended up far above all heavens that He might fill all things.”

Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the Heavenlies.

So, what about these principalities and powers in the Heavenlies? Note Colossians 1:16 , andColossians 2:13-15 , and here they are, “For BY Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created BY Him and FOR Him.”, and then, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath HE quickened together WITH Him, having forgiven you all trespasses. And having SPOILED principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Now note why God wants all members of the Body of Christ to see the Dispensation ofThe Mystery, here it is, God’s reason, “To the intent that now unto principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the CHURCH (of this Dispensation, The BODY of CHRIST), the manifold wisdom of God.” Ephesians 3:10 .

Now learn and understand that the devil does not want members of the Body of Christ to see. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in the Heavenlies.” Ephesians 6:12 .

Is God having His way with most of the members of the Body of Christ? Or is Satan? And how many of such members are praying the prayers of Ephesians 6:19-20 ; Colossians 4:3-4 ; Ephesians 1:16-17 ; Ephesians 3:16-19 ? IF YOU have not been, why not begin this very moment? Then you will look back on this moment as one that brought more joy into your soul than any moment except the moment when you received Christ and knew you were saved from the wrath to come.

But because you have escaped the wrath of God do not think that when you STAND and Proclaim the Gospel of Grace, you shall escape the wrath of men. The Apostle Paul did not. Of course you may not have to go to jail, as our Bill of Rights, still, gives us protection from religious persecutors. Paul did not have this under the Roman government. However, if you faithfully obey Ephesians 3:9-10 , you will also know what it is to be a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel, in accordance with 2 Timothy 1:7-8 . And you may be sure that Satan will give you his very special attention because he HATES “The Mystery” message with a vicious hatred.

But how blessed to know the truth of Colossians 2:10 , “And ye are complete in Him, Which is the Head of ALL principality and power.” And Romans 8:31 , “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us; who can be against us?” Then note in Romans 8:38 that principalities and powers cannot separate us from our Savior’s love.

SINCE SATAN KNOWS…AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST NEED TO KNOW

Make NO mistake about it; Satan understands the meaning of Ephesians 3:10 . He does not want the members of the Body of Christ to do anything about it, or even understand it. Every member of the Body of Christ should know the truth of Romans 8:38-39 , and Colossians 2:13-15 . The Lord Jesus has spoiled these principalities and powers and they can never separate the believer from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

But look again at why God wants all believers to see “The Dispensation of the Mystery”, “To the intent that now UNTO the principalities and powers in the Heavenlies might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God.Ephesians 3:10 .

We NEED to humbly confess that we have been negligent or disobedient, perhaps ignorant, concerning the LORD’s will in this matter; but by His grace we are going to see what God wants us to see and THEN help others to see it.

We NEED to be faithful in praying for open doors and open mouths that this glorious message may be sounded forth. Let us resolve that Satan shall no longer keep us from seeing “The Dispensation of the Mystery,” from making known “The Mystery of the Gospel”, that members of the Body of Christ in every place shall know the Hope of His Calling and what the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the Saints, and shall also walk worthy of the vocation wherewith members of Christ’s Body are called.

AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST’S SEAT AND CITIZENSHIP IS IN THE HEAVENLIES

The Holy Spirit wrote to the Hebrews, “knowing in yourselves that ye have in Heaven a better and an enduring substance”. Ambassador for Christ! look carefully at Colossians 1:5 ; Philippians 3:20 ; Ephesians 2:6 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; Philippians 3:20-21 , and Colossians 3:1-4 , and here they are:

“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the Word of Truth of the gospelColossians 1:5 .

“For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 .

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:6 .

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 1:3 .

And then Philippians 3:20-21 , “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it might be fashioned like unto His glorious Body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”

ON THINGS ABOVE. “IF YE THEN BE RISEN WITH CHRIST, SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST SITTETH ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. SET YOUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON EARTH. FOR YE ARE DEAD, AND YOUR LIFE, IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD. WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR. THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.” Colossians 3:1-4

Surely our calling is a Holy Calling, "Who hath saved us, and called us with an Holy Calling, NOT according to our works, but according to HIS own purpose and Grace, which was GIVEN us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began" 2 Timothy 1:9 .

Our blessed Savior is far above principalities and powers. Members of the Body of Christ are seated in the Heavenlies in Him. We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies. We are to seek those things which are above, where Christ sits, for our hope, position, citizenship and blessings are in the Heavenlies.

PUT OFF…PUT ON

In Ephesians 4:21-32 and in Colossians 3:7-25 the believer is instructed to “PUT OFF” the many carnal practices representative of the “Old Man” and to “PUT ON” the Spiritual New Man. The believer has “put on’, “and is to continue to “put on” the New man who is created in righteousness and true holiness, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” Ephesians 4:24 , and Colossians 3:10 .

We learn in Ephesians 2:8-10 that the believer is not saved by good works but is saved UNTO good works. Note carefully Ephesians 2:10 , and these other verses in Ephesians as well. READ THEM!

Ephesians 2:10 , “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO good works, which God has BEFORE ordained that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 4:1 , “I therefore, (the prisoner of the LORD), beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”

Ephesians 4:17 , “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.”

Ephesians 5:2 , “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”

Ephesians 5:8 , “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT!”

Ephesians 5:15 , “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”

Surely believers, members of the Body of Christ, Ambassadors for Christ, who are seated in the Heavenlies, should walk as becometh saints whose citizenship is in heaven. So, STRAIGHTEN OUT!

Here are some other verses as to the believer’s walk. Read Romans 6:4 , and Romans 8:4 ; Galatians 5:16-25 ; Colossians 1:10 , Colossians 2:6 , and Colossians 4:5 ; 1 Thessalonians2:12, 1 Thessalonians 4:1 , and 4:12; and 2 Cor. 5:7 .

I leave with you Colossians 1:10 , “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

You KNOW What You Need To Do. Now, DO IT!

So There You Have It! For now….

 

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# SonShine 2009-11-11 18:05
This is the best article in the series so far! It is both encouraging, and challenging. Thank you for bringing out that Satan is religious. That explains why there are so many religions out there! Keep up the excellent work of not only informing us, but giving us spiritual food to nourish us. Blessings! 8) ;-) :lol:
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