2Wherein 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: (Eph 2:)
PRINCIPALITIES (G746) "Magistrates, powers, rule"
POWER (G1849) "Authority. Liberty"
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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 high places. (Eph 6:)
It's hard to get around the idea if the devil being mixed in to the principalities and powers. Yet the words themselves, as we see in the definition, are quite benign, and can be applied to anything under the sun, and beyond the sun for that matter.
10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Eph 3:)
Here we have principalities and powers in heavenly places. I don't think the heavenly places mentioned here is the air where the clouds live, nor in the Heavens where God resides (as interpreted by the churches and the world). I suspect the heavenlies Paul is talking about is that of the Church, where the Holy Spirit resides through us, the members of the Church, the body of Christ. The context here seems to imply that Paul is saying that the mystery of the Church, the "one new man" he refers to elsewhere, is now to be made manifest to the powers of the Church, through the teachings of the Apostles, and through the lives of the Christians. Keep in mind that at the time Paul was talking to the churches the "powers that be" was the Sanhedrin and the Pharisees (at least as far as we can tell the Temple hadn't been destroyed as yet). Today the powers that be, the "princes" as we might call them, as seen toward the end of this study, are the rulers of the churches. In the second and the third chapters of Revelation we can readily see that all the churches were not seeing the Word as it is intended to be understood, and because of this, they were being led astray. It's no different today. Many churches are missing the mark. And because the "principalities and the powers in heavenly places" are missing the mark, so are those Christians who are following the lead of their leaders.
12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For 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: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Col 1:)
Have you been anxious to get to Heaven so you can see God sitting on His throne? Many people are you know. We see paintings of God with a long white beard judging the world. But as we see here, God is "invisible." God is a Spirit. When we see Jesus we see a manifestation of what God would be if He had a body. And when people see us, they should again see the manifestation of God, because God is supposed to be in us and leading us as He did Jesus.
We have been delivered from the "powers of darkness." Jesus said He is the light, and we're to be a light to the world. If we're in darkness, there is no light in us. We're to be delivered from the world of darkness, not participating in it. If we're in darkness, in the world, then the principalities and the powers over us are powers of darkness and of the world, which is the same thing. The prince of this world, the ruler of this world, is Satan and his angels. But if we're delivered from this world, and live in the Heavenlies, then the rulers, the princes and the powers of Heaven, of the Church, are the principalities and the powers we are to look to. Does this sound about right to you?
8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Col 2:)
We see here that Jesus is the head of principalities and powers. Yet we read elsewhere that Satan is the head of principalities and powers. Which is it? Is Jesus ruler over the forces of darkness? We see where Jesus has put the forces of darkness under His feet. But I don't see where He is ruling over them now. In the end He will do away with these forces, but not rule over them as such. What then are the principalities and powers that Jesus is the Head of? Isn't He the Head of the Church? Then wouldn't this mean that He's ruler, that is, the Head of "principalities and powers in heavenly places"?
I find another interesting thing mentioned in this passage. People teach that "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" is evidence that Jesus was part of "the Godhead," proving that there is a Trinity. Not wishing to debate the subject here, this passage does no imply such a thing. The word translated "Godhead" in actuality means "Divinity," that is, "God." And Bodily simply means that God was in flesh. The first part of John describes this when he says the "The Word was made flesh." People take this to mean Jesus, from a pre-incarnate condition became flesh. Again, not wishing to get into a debate, I read in this that God, being the Word, became manifest to the world in the flesh, which is Jesus. And that we are to also be God manifest in the flesh, since we too are "Born of the Spirit of God."
Oh well. I couldn't help myself, I had to get my two cents worth in, even though it has nothing to do with this study.
13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Col 2:)
In contrast to principalities and powers in the heavenlies, we again have rulers of darkness being triumphed over. Does this mean rulers of the underworld? Or is Paul talking about rulers of this world, which in my mind is the same thing? I don't suppose it matters, except to distinguish the fact (apparently) that there is a difference between principalities of heaven, and those of another place.
My purpose in this study is to find out if principalities always means darkness, as it seems to in sermons.
1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (Titus 3:)
I don't think Paul is telling us to obey demons from hell, or Satan when he tries to tempt us. I suspect he is again referring to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. Although Peter elsewhere, as does Paul, says we're to obey those who have the rule over us. And it's quite clear in the Epistles that they mean obey those of the world as well. Jesus and the Apostles obeyed the rulers of the world, right up to the point that which the world told them to do conflicted with what God told them to do. If the Christian disobeys the world rulers, it undermines the governments God put in place, and it is an indication that we are disobeying God Himself. Those who disobeyed, and who murmured against Moses were destroyed. But that can be understood because Moses was obedient to God, and acted in God's stead. But God also said He would destroy anyone who didn't obey Nebuchadnezzar, who certainly was not obedient to God, even though God called him His "servant."
God wants obedience, in spite of the logic of what we're told to do.
20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far 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: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Eph 1:)
In this case the principalities and powers could be either in the heavenly places, or the rulers of darkness. My guess that both are included, but particularly those in heavenly places since rulers of darkness will not likely be in the world to come.
36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:)
Here the principalities and powers are very likely to mean those in the world. But because of the inclusion of angels, and "all things," Paul might well be including those rulers of the Church as well. Remember, it was the rulers of the Church that killed Jesus and the Apostles, and who killed the Martyrs throughout history. And I fully expect it will be the church of the day that will kill the Martyrs in the Tribulation.
18Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory. 19The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive. (Jer 13:)
Jeremiah is referring to the rulers of the nation here, not to demons. In another study we learned that demons and devils and Satan were rarely mentioned in the Old Testament, since the world then was a physical one, based on the foundation of Adam. The New Testament is a Spiritual world, and Jesus is waging a Spiritual war. For this reason we see spirits of all kinds mentioned. I think this understanding has been lost in most of the teaching on the Bible. But I think this awareness is vital if we're to understand what we're facing as members of the body of Christ.
11And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. (Luke 12:)
The word magistrates is the same word interpreted principalities we've been looking at. This word has also been translated as:
5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jude 1:)
"First estate" is again the same word as principalities, magistrates, rule. Thus Jude could be talking about those rulers of the churches rather than fallen angels. Remember, angel means "massager, pastor." Those in the churches that preach false doctrine are angels, that is, messengers of Satan. See 2Cor 11:13-14 for more on this subject.
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2Peter 3:)
Almost every time the word "beginning" is used in the New Testament, which is a considerable number, this word translated principalities in our study is used. The Greek is not a definite language and can often be interpreted in several ways. It's much more definitive than the Hebrew, but not without its ambiguities.
20And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. (Luke 20:)
We hear that the Bible was written so the least of us can understand it. I disagree. And one of the reasons for my disagreement is this verse. We've seen that principalities can be translated as rulers, even beginning. It can also be translated as "powers," whereas power, the word we're looking at cannot be translated (or at least it hasn't been) translated principalities or any of the other words that word has been translated into. Here we have a strange exception. The word we've been seeing translated power, is seen as, not power, but as "authorities." And the word we're used to seeing translated principalities, is called "power" in this verse.
Are you confused? Not as much as I am. I had to check and recheck this many times in order to make sure I was seeing it right. So if you have any doubt about my analysis of the verse, check it out for yourself. I could easily be mistaken since my eyes have crossed in my examination of the verse.
22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (1Cor 15:)
Here we have principalities translated "rule," and power translated "authority." Compare this with the last verse and see if your head doesn't swim.
The last "power" is a different word entirely than the ones were examining here. I try to stick just to the words at hand, not how they've been translated. This, I believe, allows for a more factual account of what God is telling us. Far too many preachers and "authorities" like to question those words that disagree with their doctrine, twisting the meaning to fit their assumptions, while latching hold of the words that translate the way that pleases them, and forcing them to the forefront. I think of a magician who "forces" a card on the observer while holding the right card up his sleeve. (I used to dabble in the art of magic. I was never good at it, but I did learn some of their tricks.)
1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister ["attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): - deacon, minister, servant."] of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. (Rom 13:)
Oddly enough the word "ministers", and the word "minister" are two very different words. I've given the definition of minister next to the word itself. Ministers is defined as: " a public servant, that is, a functionary in the Temple or Gospel, or (generally) a worshipper (of God) or benefactor (of man): - minister (-ed). The words are nearly the same in meaning, except it appears to me that this word is more attached to God and to the Church than is the first word used.
In any case, it's clear that we're to obey those who are given the rule over us. As previously stated, and as demonstrated by Jesus and the Apostles, we're only to obey until what we're told to do crosses the line of acceptability according the Word. At that time, we're to surrender ourselves to the punishment afforded those who disobey, not fight it or argue about it. It's all in God's hands.
I for one have had the opportunity to see God dealing with the authorities in a way contrary to their nature. It was as if when they finished saying the unbelievable thing they said, a vail was lifted from their understanding, and they were saying to themselves: "Why did I say that!" God does not have blind spots. Whatever happens, is totally in His will. Nothing slides by Him unnoticed. We may (and very likely will) fail to understand what God is doing, and question His logic, as did Moses, Jeremiah, and so many others of God's spokesmen. But He has it all in hand. It's not ours to question, just to obey.
There are far too many words we're studying in this passage to analyze them one-by-one. But I don't suppose anything new would surface in such an analysis anyway.
7Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (Luke 7:)
16But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:)
26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (John 5:)
9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. (1Cor 8:)
We saw in the definition at the beginning of this study that power can also be translated liberty. Here is an example of that very thing.
POWER (G1411) "Mighty, wonderful work, ability"
In a verse above I said there was a word power that was different than the ones we're looking at. Here we will give that word a close examination.
27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:)
From the definition given above we see that this verse could just as well say that Jesus will be coming with ability, or with "wonderful works," as we saw of Him at His first appearance.
I've already published a study on the word for "clouds," so I won't delve into that matter here.
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Heb 6:)
Again we see that Paul might very well be saying we've seen the "wonderful works" of the age to come. How can that be? Have you seen any wonderful works of the age to come? We read of them in the Bible, and there are some who have claimed to have seen or experienced wonderful visions, healings, and other minor miracles, but who has actually seen miracles of the age to come? And just what are those things that are to come?
I believe Jesus was showing us what that age to come will be like, and should be today, if we only had the faith and was obedient to Him. In the age to come I expect to see healings, and demons cast out, and other wonderful works associated with the spiritual warfare we're experiencing in this age. Only instead of the demonic forces winning the war, even over the Christians, I expect the Adamic nature and Satan to be put under the feet of the body of Christ, which is us, as it already has been put under the Head of the body, which is Jesus.
Chances are you've pictured flying around on a cloud in Utopia in the world to come. For some reason I don't find that in Scriptures, only in the funny papers.
24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (1Cor 15:)
After this I expect to find the Utopia sought, but not for everybody, just those who have overcome as He has overcome. What does that mean? That's a subject for another study, many studies in fact.
19And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: (Luke 24:)
21The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1Peter 3:)
Here we have our word for authorities associated with the new word for powers.
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Mat 7:)
Again, this is the same word used to describe Jesus as His second coming.
14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. (Mat 25:)
This could be saying "According to every man's wonderful works," or "every man's power."
PRINCE - a first (in rank or power): - chief (ruler), magistrate, prince, ruler.
We've looked at the principalities and powers, but how about prince? What does the Bible have to tell us about a prince? Principalities are areas, or countries ruled over by a prince, which is part of the royal family. Wouldn't it be good if we had some understanding regarding this prince? Is the prince a devil as would be assumed when we hear that principalities and powers are demons?
Again we see that the word itself is benign and all encompassing:
1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein 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: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Eph 2:)
This is a famous verse that we supposedly are all familiar with. And we all believe we understand what it's saying. Let's take a close look at it and see if our understanding holds up in the light.
"Ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air" If you're like me, the "prince of the power of the air" is the devil, that villain that tries to steer us into evil temptation. But as I look at this verse, and especially all those words accompanying this verse, I see the prince of the power of the air to be the world and all its attractions. I think of our lusts, our desires, and the things the world finds so attractive. We might think of the bottom of the barrel, such as witchcraft, drugs, pornography, and the likes of these. But I think of any thing the world puts before us to entice us away from the Spiritual pursuit we Christians are to be engaged in. Can you think of any such thing? Does anything come to your mind that would fit this category? Let's consider just one category. Let's take a magazine. What's wrong with magazines? Nothing is wrong with magazines that I can see. There's a lot of interesting and informative material in magazines. We even find Bible studies and testimonies in magazines that inspire us and instruct us. But what about those magazines displayed on the top row of the drug stores? You know the kind I mean. They used to be wrapped in plastic so they couldn't be opened by little hands, and the "vital" parts were hidden behind an opaque band. Since magazines are ok for the Christian, does this mean those with XXX imprinted across them ok as well?
If you said no, then what about magazines that have some information in them that appeals to the innocent side of your nature, such as a beauty aid journal? There's some nice information in these magazines I'm sure. I've checked out those magazines, but not for the beauty aids (I'm too far gone for those). But I find there's some very attractive and scantily clad ladies in those journals, which I am inclined to gawk at. Are these magazines ok? How about if you turn past those attractive ads quickly, would that justify the browsing of such material?
Speaking of browsing, how about the computer? Is there anything wrong with the computer? I should certainly hope they're not considered from the dark side since I have many of them, and I spend most of my life working on them. But have you ever tried browsing the web? Try typing something innocent such as "girls" and see what comes up. And now that the computers are so fast, you can get a hundred or so pictures in just a few seconds. How many pictures that a child of any age shouldn't see pop on to the screen? Of course you have the safe search on. Still those pictures are there, usually (but not always) with that opaque band, or only a flower or a star, hiding the "important" parts. Your safe search is on, but what happens if you just happen to ""click" on that obscured picture? It's no longer obscured, right? And that page has links to thousands of other un-obscured sights.
Try a child filter. The same thing happens, unless the child filter even filters the Disney page and Sesame Street.
I have several computers, as I've already stated. I got tired of being tempted, and of yielding to the temptation (I may be old, but I'm young at heart), so I installed a free filter that works exceptionally well. No accidents, and no browsing. All I can get is precisely what I want, without being sidetracked. Of course the filter keeps popping up at me, even on the weather channel, but I would rather that than all that had been appealing to my dark side.
On the computer I use for writing, I've set it so all I can get is my email, the weather, and my web site. Then, just to make sure I don't yield to temptation to browse the web, I buried the passwords in the woods somewhere that it would take me a lot of determined and miserable searching to find. By that time, any temptation should have passed. If I really need to browse, I'll use the library computer.
What's my purpose here? Am I talking down magazines and computers? Am I saying they're of the devil? Of course not. Maybe I sell child filters? No indeed. I just want you to examine your line, your boundary, and see if it is closer to your Spiritual nature, or to your Adamic nature. And is it growing toward one of the other. One or the other principalities and powers is leading you. Which one do you find you're following?
AIR - (to breathe unconsciously, that is, respire; by analogy to blow); "air" (as naturally circumambient): - air.
Prince of the power of the air. I find that to be an odd statement. The air is where we think of clouds and birds as being. Even God is in Heaven, which we associate with the air. There are other things we associate with air as well, which we will look at in a moment. Is Satan the prince of the air? And if so, how so?
Notice that the word air is a word that means "to breathe." Breath is what we need for life, but Satan we associate with death, the absence of breath. Is that not so with you as well?
SOUL - breath, that is, (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [H5315], [H7307] and [H2416]: - heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you.
Here's another common word used in the Bible that means breath, to breathe. And this word is definitely associated with life. In fact it's a word that has been translated as life, as well as hear, and other aspects of a living being.
Notice too that this word is associated with "Spirit." The word itself does not mean spirit, nor is it translated as "spirit." It's merely associated with that word, as we will see in a moment.
We have to be careful when we read a dictionary or any other form of reference. Strong, the author of the dictionary I use for the Greek and the Hebrew, I fairly well trust for accuracy. If he is accurate or not I have no way of knowing, nor can I know about any other interpreter. That's why I only use the book, any book, as a guide, a starting point. Then I check out every place, and every way a word is used in order to discover what God is telling us. And I do believe it's God who wrote the Bible and not the one holding the pen. that we give credit for the writing the book. If I felt there was even a slight chance that the writer had a hand in the writing of the Bible, I would discount the whole thing and do something more gratifying with my time. As it is I have yet to find a single place where the Bible has actually conflicted with itself. I've found many times it conflicts when reading the interpretation of the Bible, and I find nothing but contradictions when I read the commentaries and the doctrines written about the Bible. But those are not God's Word. They're man's way of trying to understand God's Word without consulting God, who is the writer of the book.
Strong has weaseled his doctrine into the definition of the word for soul. And because of this, many people have mistakenly taken to the belief that there is an eternal soul. The Bible does not say, nor does it actually hint that the soul is eternal. This is a concept drawn from spurious books that were trying to make some sense of what God is doing. If there is a hell, then what's to burn in that hell? Why of course an eternal soul. And if hell burns for eternity, then that must mean the soul is eternal, never dying. It's an effort to try and prove the existence of a thing, by that thing. I believe it's a Chinese philosopher that said "I breathe, therefore I am. I am, therefore I breathe." Socrates has a take on this same concept, as do many other of the philosophers. But the whole idea is that something is proven by itself, which can not reasonably be done. The Pharisees accused Jesus of doing this very thing. We read:
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. 14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 15Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 16And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 17It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 18I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. (John 8:)
We know, as did the Pharisees, that the Father gave witness to Jesus when He was baptized. And John, when he baptized Jesus gave witness to who He was. The Pharisees were merely trying to use logic to undermine the deeds of Jesus, or so it seems to me.
Christian apologists, another name for which is theologians, have been accused of doing this with the Bible. They say the Christian is trying to prove the Bible is true by information given in the Bible. And it's true, we can't use the Bible to prove itself. But what we can use the Bible for is to find out what God has to say about us, and as we do what God says we are to do, through reading the Bible, we learn from our own experience that the Bible is true, and that God exists. My Bible is not the words on the pages of a book. My Bible is the life God has brought me to live, and by the writing on my heart. These words I understand, and I trust, even when the words on the printed page make no sense whatever to me. We all start out as a blank page. Our lives are the words written on that page. And those words are indelible, they can't be erased. I may doubt the words on your heart, and I may try with all my might to convince you that those words, your experiences can't possibly be real. But because they're your words, my efforts would be futile. And so it is with my Bible. It can be doubted, and is doubted even by me at times. But it can't be denied.
19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Rom 1:)
God is invisible. We know this, and we've seen this in His Word. Because God is invisible, there is justification for not believing in God. God needs a witness for Himself. "Where there are two or three witnesses...." Paul is telling us that we can know of the existence of God by the fact that there are visible, tangible things that God has created. Where there is a creation, there has to be a creator. This is not circular reasoning, it is common logic. I might be speculating when I see a rock next to a broken window that the rock broke the window. And I might reasonably speculate that it's the rock that broke the window. But when I begin to accuse the boy standing on the sidewalk outside the window of throwing the rock, I've departed from logic, and am delving in dangerous speculation. That speculation becomes more feasible however if the boy outside the window is holding a rock however.
We can question the rock, and the window, but we can not question the fact that the rock and the window exists. And if the rock and the window, and the boy, and I exist, there must be a creator that exists also. The way those who desire to deny the existence of the creator, even when there is the creation that cannot exist, is to proclaim that a creator once existed, but either has died, or is no longer interested in His creation. Those desperate for an explanation that is unexplainable simply deny that anything exists, and everything came from nothing, and became the something that now exists. Yet isn't that exactly what God said we're to understand? He said He spoke the Words, and out of nothing came something. It's amazing to me how those who make such a strong effort to disprove the existence of God, use God and His own Words to prove that He doesn't exist. And these people we consider to be the intellectuals of our age. Maybe the naysayers are right in their assumptions. Maybe they did come from monkeys. There are certainly those of the intellectual bent out to prove that such is the case by their own primitive reasoning abilities.
SPIRIT - a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind.
Notice how similar this word for spirit is to that of the word for soul. It's rather the same, only in reverse. Soul is supposedly another definition for spirit, as spirit is another definition for soul. Yet the two are not the same, and still yet both are words that are derived from the breath, meaning to be in possession of life.
Take a close look at this description and you'll see a word that might escape your attention. Do you see the word "demon," only spelled a bit different? Demons, as mentioned earlier, are not mentioned in the Bible other than to be given the name of devils. Here we supposedly see that demons are spirits, although this is not necessarily so since the word for devils is not this word. Are you confused? Good, then I've done my job.
We see that this word has been translated "ghost" as well as "spirit." First let's look at ghosts. In the Old Testament the word ghost is used but rarely, and then in the context of "giving up the ghost," in other words, to die. If a person wanted to press the point, as provided for by Strong, that could mean to give up the soul, since Strong says the soul is implied by this word. Give up the ghost is also used as a phrase in the New Testament, but again, very rarely. And when this phrase is used, another word entirely different than the one we're looking at is used.
Spirit, on the other hand, is used quite often in the Old and in the New Testament. Any time the word spirit is used, it is the same word. In the case of the New Testament, it's this Greek word we're looking at here that is used. The only way we have if differentiating between an evil Spirit and the holy Spirit is if the word "Holy", or "Of God," or something else as an identifier is used in accompaniment with the word spirit. Another way we have of knowing the difference is if the word is capitalized, since the Greek has a separate letter for capitals, whereas there are no capitals in the Hebrew alphabet, especially not the ancient alphabet the original Old Testament was written in. Translators merely guessed at what should be capitalized in the Hebrew, they couldn't know for sure. A good example of this is the word lucifer, that is "Morning Star." Lucifer is not a Hebrew, nor is it a Chaldean word, which the Chaldean was intermingled with the Hebrew since that is what they spoke in Babylon, and what many of the people who were their neighbors spoke. Lucifer however is a Latin word that was carried over into the Old Testament by the translators, and it was given a capital letter for its beginning, as if it was a name. Because of this small slip of the pen, commentators and theologians, not to mention preachers and fiction writers have had a field day, their imaginations running wild.
Another word we find in the description above is angel. Angel in fact is never a derivative of this word. Here again it appears that strong might be using his imagination to concur up meanings for some of his words.
I must backtrack here and say that there is a possibility that in other books these words have been used to describe such things as demons, the soul, and angels. However, even if this is the case, and Strong, or whoever, is justified in his application of them to his definition, those books might (and probably are) spurious and contradictory to the Bible.
Earlier I said we can't legitimately use the Bible to prove the Bible. However when it comes to interpreting words contained in the Bible, I believe that the only safe way to know what God is saying, is to compare God's Word with God's Word. "Line upon line" as Isaiah said. If we start putting the wrong line on the wrong precept, we may well find ourselves falling over backwards, and "taken."
WIND - wind; (plural) by implication (the four) quarters (of the earth): - wind.
Two Greek words have been used to describe the wind. This one is quite obvious in its meaning, and that is, the wind that blows those Autumn leaves on your lawn. This is the word used almost every time the wind is referred to. There is one other word used, one time, for this wind, and it too only infers the wind in our hair (or me being a bicycle rider, the wind that is always coming from the direction I'm riding at the time).
49But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, (Mark 6:)
We have little doubt what kind of wind is referred to here.
WIND - a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind.
This word for wind is very similar to what we were looking at earlier. And again we have the idea of soul thrown into the mix. If this word looks familiar, if it reminds you of the word we were looking at earlier, it's no coincidence. This is the very same word. The word for spirit, that is used so commonly in the New Testament, and this word for wind, which is used only a couple times or three, is the same. Notice how this information transforms the meaning of the verses in which this word is translated wind"
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:)
Keep in mind that this word for wind is the same word for spirit. Consider that the word for spirit also means breath, and life; and the word for wind is used to describe the Holy Spirit, which brings us life. Adam is flesh, he was visible, tangible and out to please his senses, as are we all. Jesus was Spirit, He was God in an earthen vessel of flesh. We are earthen vessels as well, where the Holy Spirit of God resides. Our job is to minimize the vessel and maximize the Spirit within us, thus becoming more like Jesus. The more we carve of the flesh from us, the part that binds us to death; the more the Spirit will grow in us, that part of us that contains life.
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:)
The word for wind used here is the same as the one in the preceding verses. Interestingly enough, the word for ghost in this passage means "respiration, a breeze: - breath, wind." Does this definition look familiar? Do you find it interesting that where the wind is, we find the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Ghost? And isn't it interesting that the three are synonymous?
PRINCE - a chief leader: - author, captain, prince.
This definition appears to be the same as the one given for the prince of the power of the air. And they are in fact almost identical. However, both words are slightly different from one another, and each are used in differing applications. The word we've been looking at applies to worldly princes and magistrates, whereas this word is used when the word "prince" is referring to Jesus:
14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. (Acts 3:)
5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:)
There are two words used for "priest," and both words are used in the above passage. First we have the term "kings and priests." That is, we are made kings and priests. The word used here to describe what we are to be made is that of a common priest, which I have described elsewhere. Common priests ranged from the tribe of Levi, most who never worked within the Tabernacle, and those who serviced the Holy Place.
I said here that this word is used to refer to the common priests. That is in application this word is used when a common priest is referred to. However, the word itself mean "High Priest," but as far as I can tell, in my brief analysis of the word, it has not been used to refer to the High Priest, there being another word used for him.
(If you understand what I'm saying here, please tell me so you can explain it to me. I'm just so glad I don't regard myself, nor tout myself off as a theologian or an expert on languages, because all this could easily drive me crazy. And I'm wacky enough without being driven to Nutsville.)
In the above passages we see that there is a word used to describe Jesus. And it appears that this word is used only to describe Jesus. However this is not strictly true in application. For instance in the 5th verse here in Revelation 1 where Jesus is said to be the prince of the kings of the earth. The word "Prince" is the same word used to define the "prince of the power of the air," which we assume to be Satan.
Why am I telling you all this when all it does is confuse the issue? I'm trying to find rhyme and reason to the Bible, and correlate it with the doctrines we have preached to us. I find very little of what we hear preached supported by Scripture. This tells me someone, or everyone, is not listening to God, but rather listening to one another as they try to reason God's will by using the carnal mind. This can't be done. Some things, like this word for prince, leaves me with nothing but a headache, and serves little purpose in the entire scheme of things. But I find it important that I research all I am able in order to find the truth in what God is telling us. Sometimes I run against a brick wall, either because of my ignorance, or because the Lord hasn't yet revealed His purpose to me.
In spite of the fact I often run into a brick wall, and little is gained in the many hours dedicated to a search of apparently insignificant information, I usually lite upon something that starts a new investigation that does bring enlightenment, which makes my futile search worth while. Also, in publishing my failed, and possibly faulted research, you or another reader might find something in my investigation I missed, but that fills the gap in a question that has been plaguing you. In my mind this, what I do here, is not an ego booster, an effort to show you how brilliant I am to know the trivial. It's a team effort. I might land belly-up in my efforts, but my dead body might possibly give someone else the added leverage they need to scale the wall of understanding. If I hide my failures, then I rob the rest of the team of vital, albeit wrong, information and research.
Those preachers and theologians who make statements of fact based on theory rob their listeners of what God is saying, and in my mind, are worse than a thief. If they were to state that what they have said is their own opinion, or mere conjecture, they leave their listeners with a question they can bring up before the Lord rather than cause the listener to feel they have all the facts, when what they hold is a fantasy.
24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. (Mat 12:)
With this verse, this usage of the word, we're back on track. It's the same word used for prince of the power of the air.
28Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12:)
Again we're on track. We know that Satan, if this is indeed referring to Satan, which I believe it is, has yet to be cast out of anything other than the Head of the body, which we know to be Jesus Himself. The devil is not cast out of us in completeness at our baptism. However, the baptism Jesus brings us, and that is the baptism of the Spirit, we are cleansed, and Satan is cast out of us. Jesus warns us:
43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Mat 12:)
17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2Peter 2:)
We're taught that Satan and demons can have no effect on us after we're "saved." We're promised liberty from the effects of sin, and the consequences of our actions, regardless of how far into corruption we fall. I don't see that here in any way. In fact I see such reasoning as a means of leaving the door wide open to demons so they can easily reenter the clean heart unnoticed.
7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev 12:)
2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2Cor 10:)
11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (1Peter 2:)
We, the Christians, are at war. But the battleground upon which we fight is not somewhere in the sky, nor is it on this earth, but rather our battleground is our heart, our mind, and our soul. Because we're taught there is no war, that the war was won at our baptism, the devil has free reign with us since we assume there is no battle to fight. Imagine two boxers in the ring. One is determined to win, and the other has full confidence that there is no battle, so therefore has not prepared or trained for the fight. Which fighter do you suppose will win the bout?
Satan has undermined the Church until it has become milch toast, thinking it is superior when it has done nothing whatsoever on its own behalf, thinking that someone else has done all the fighting for them.
20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:)
The Kingdom, in other words Heaven, is within us. This is where God, and Jesus, through the Holy Spirit resides. We are the battle ground. Theologians have successfully taken the Church out of the battle by changing these vital Words spoken by Jesus into words that have no meaning. This I'm sure Satan loves. As long as we believe Heaven is somewhere in the future, and up in the sky somewhere, we the Church will not even recognize the battle ground, leastwise prepare for the fight. Another way we've been lullabied to sleep is in being told that there is no battle, even during the Tribulation, because Jesus will whisk us away on a cloud. If I believe I will be setting out the war, I'm not likely to prepare myself for that war. This is a tactic used by the Japanese during the war. Tokyo Rose would broadcast to the "boys" that the war was over and they had nothing to worry about. And she would tell them that those who had surrendered, and were captives, were being well cared for. Hitler convinced his people they were superior, and that they were right in doing away with the inferior in their society. When the war was over, the people were shaken out of their hypnotic condition, and they saw that life was not as they had imagined it to be. The Jim Jones expedition was given a rude awakening as well, as were the Pharisees when Jesus prediction that the Temple would be destroyed was fulfilled. God tells us what we need to hear, but from too many of the pulpits we hear what we want to hear that conflicts with God's warnings to us.
52Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luke 11:)
28Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. (John 14:)
7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (John 16:)
Again we're on track. These two verses are referring to the prince of the air, or at least the word is the same used for that reference.
In my mind nothing special has been learned from this study, and to be honest with you, I didn't expect much to be found that hasn't already been understood from the beginning. But this study, in combination with the study of devils and demons, which I'm working on at the same time as I work on this study, might shed some light on the dark side of our war in the Heavens. It's important to know your enemy, and to find his weak spots. We have two enemies we must work diligently to understand and subdue. One of those enemies is the underworld spirits. But our main enemy is our own Adamic nature, which enemy most of my studies are addressing.
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