Like science and other mysteries that are being revealed, so also in the theological world.
Many of the present day leading theologians are beginning to come into, which is I believe one of the most profound mysteries that have been introduced since the days of the reformation.
I do know that many Christians have a hard time with theology, many even wonder if there really is a place for them in this present age.
Whatever one believes, I personally believe they are essential to our ever understanding of the unfolding of divine truth.
Mysteries run parallel to Gods movements throughout history.
Today’s truths are springboards to tomorrow’s events.
The Church is not a fixed entity; it’s an evolution of Gods revelation.
The church is an ever-growing living organism that is coming into manhood.
We find ourselves presently in this cycle.
I don’t know were we are, but I do know that we as a living body are coming into a maturity that is required, prier to the coming of the Lord.
It’s like growing up from childhood to adulthood; we are given things that are required for our further development.
So likewise, God gives to the church that which is required for the time it finds itself in.
As we continue toward the end of this present age, it is essential to be open to things that might sound a bit unfamiliar, or even strange to our present understanding.
There presently is a theological discussion regarding Paul’s strange language used on his interpretation of when he speaks on the principalities and powers.
Christianity has commonly understood that these powers were somehow evil, and that we are in constant aggression toward then.
Like the language, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but ruler’s authorities of this present age, wickedness in high places.
The volumes written on this topic are staggering.
The early church fathers, with the light that was given at that time, interpreted these things according to their understanding of the things, which were common in their age.
So we really have a two thousand year interpretation that is very common to most believes of today.
So to introduce something that is widely different is a very arduous task, but it is being debated in the theological world.
So why is it so important to enter this discussion?
Well if the truth will set you free, then we must know what truth is.
Fairy tales are fairy tales truth is truth.
The Holy Spirit stands on the ground of truth, he only responds to truth, he is the interpreter of truth, and he is called the spirit of truth.
So if we are not in agreement with the truth there comes a tension in our personnel development, in regards to the faith.
In like Pauline fashion, he was the prophetic interpreter for the whole dispensation, to truly know Paul is to truly know Gods fullness, which only Paul was privileged to receive and deliver.
That is why it is essential to understand this man.
So when Paul speaks we as the church must listen.
So what do the powers represent in the scriptures? Do they represent what is commonly held in most Christian circles, or is there something other?
For the lack of time I will try to streamline things that have been read and studied over a long period of time.
When God created all things he said it is very good, so why are they now no longer good?
How can they be evil if God said that all things were created good?
This great mystery seems to have a beginning in the garden with Adam and Eve, all things prier to this event were created good.
We do know that after the fall of man chaos entered the creation; all things went out of joint. The equilibrium of all things that was prier the fall was no longer according to the divine ordering of God.
So really we can’t blame the powers that God created. It’s much more than this simple explanation given.
The powers were created for man, not man for the powers.
They really were created to be in servitude to the man of Gods creation.
The powers that were created were responsible for all that makes mankind, mankind.
Humanity is cradled in the systems which God created , which are called the principalities and powers.
They are the systems that God put in place to regulate his creation.
The powers as much as humanity are living supernatural beings.
The powers are the invisible realities that give expression to the visible?
Without the powers in their created function we simply would not be human.
They are the all things, which make up this present life.
We the visible created creatures are the outer expressions of these invisible realities.
The powers are the inner hidden invisible realities, which find expression through us, and in us.
Without us they have no expression, you could say they are dormant, lifeless entities that wait for us to reveal them.
When God created male and female, then man was complete.
The powers were not complete until man was created.
The whole problem started when man lost, through disobedience the headship of God.
It was God that held all things in harmony at the beginning.
What happened at the fall is that all things somehow became out of joint.
Somehow the order of creation turned on itself. Instead of man having dominion over all things, all things took dominion over man.
The powers became hostile toward man, but also each other.
The powers turned from servants of man, to the Gods of this age.
By Man loosing the headship and image of God, the powers turned on each, but also turned on man.
They are now hostile toward man; they compete for the domination of the Adamic race.
They compete to be preeminent among man; there are no restraints now, they have taken the reins of human life.
The powers now in all their manifold expressions strive to dominate the human race.
The powers have become demonic they know no bounds.
The cross was Gods answer to the chaos in the creation.
The cross was God bringing back the order that was in the beginning.
It is called the restoration of all things.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.[f]
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers[a] of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.[b] 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed[d] the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
The event of the Cross of Christ represents the release of the authority of God over all things.
We don’t yet see the fullness of this event in the history of this world, but we do see the beginning of it in the church.
Jesus Christ brings order to the powers; they are defeated now in him! He is head of all authority and power.
We as Christian’s talk about freedom, but what does that really mean?
Paul says that we now as followers of the Lord are free, not to live in separation from the powers but to live in the harmony that was in the beginning, which is being restored.
The word says that he must rule and rein in the heavens until he has put all authority and power under his feet.
Yes I know that all things are not yet as they should be, but we as believes know that it is coming. We do witness the beginning of these things, we see in part.
At the Cross of Christ, all things were brought back to the authority of our God and his Christ.
That is what truth does once understand; it releases us from bondage to the powers, to the freedom of the children of God.
We shouldn’t fear the powers if we are in Christ, there they have been subjected back to their created place, which is servant’s to man, under the headship of God.
The powers are considered evil in this present world, which does not understand this.
And yes this is true, they are very destructive to the man that is outside of the order and freedom, which we find when we truly come into the Son of God, who is the order of Gods new restored creation.