Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ephesians 6

In the home, there is a high degree of accountability before God. In the last chapter, husbands and wives parallel Christ and the hcurch in love and submission. Children obey their parents "in the Lord." Servants submit. . . "as to Christ." Masters be careful how you treat slaves know you and they have a "master in heaven." More is at stake in our closest relationships than simply what we think about each other. Jesus is an audience in our homes.

The reality of our spiritual warfare is easy to underestimate. We war against rulers & authorities, against world powers of this darkness(lit.) and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Not a pretty picture. I need all the protection I can find. Thankfully God provides all I need. The list of armor begins with truth and ends with God's word -- no coincidence, since the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44).


Diane said...

So where are the spiritual battles fought? In our hearts and our minds?

RevReav said...

Yes, Diane, I think on the level this passage is talking about, and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, the conflict is in our hearts and minds. It is primarily a battle of truth vs. a lie (John 8:44). It is also a battle for faith (Luke 22:31-32).

There are some cases in which a demon is called a "King of persia" (Daniel 10:13ff). But, even that could be a demon specializing in some ideology. So, I would agree. Spiritual battles are primarily in our hearts and minds. Great question.