Christianity has commonly understood that the 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.
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.
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?
The powers in themselves are not really evil. 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 of creation were created for man, not man for the powers.
They really were created to be in servitude to the humanity of Gods good creation.
The powers that were created are responsible for all that makes mankind, mankind.
Music, emotion, government, nationhood, culture, air, water, fire, life, death, everything that makes up this created order is called the principalities and powers.
Without the powers in their created function we simply would not exist.
They are the all things, which make up this life.
We the visible created creatures, are the outer expression of these inner invisible realities, which are the powers.
The powers are the inner hidden invisible realities, which give expression to 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 completed.
The powers were not completed 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 of creation.
So 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 other, but also turned on humanity.
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 humanity.
The powers have now become demonic, they know no bounds.
The powers are also participant causalities in the fall of Adam.
Through the fall of Adam, the powers have also lost their created structures, which they have been created by God for man.
The cross of Christ was Gods answer to the chaos in the creation.
The cross was God, through Christ bringing back the order, which Adam lost in the beginning.
It is called the restoration of all things.
Colossians 1-15 to 20
5 He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. 16 For [d]by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. 17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] 18 He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the [e]church; and He is the beginning, [f]the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. 19 For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), 20 and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven.
The event of the Cross of Christ represents the release of the authority of God over all things.
1 Peter 3-18 to 22
For indeed Christ died for sins once for all, the Just and Righteous for the unjust and unrighteous [the Innocent for the guilty] so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit; 19 in which He also went and preached to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the great patience of God was waiting in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons [Noah’s family], were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that [rescue through the flood], baptism [which is an expression of a believer’s new life in Christ] now [d]saves you, not by removing dirt from the body, but by an appeal to God for a good (clear) conscience, [demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God [that is, the place of honor and authority], with [all] angels and authorities and powers made subservient to Him.
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.
Colossians 2-8 to 15
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the [f]elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. 10 And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]. 11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature], 12 having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, 14 having canceled out the [g]certificate of debt consisting of [h]legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through [i]the cross.
We shouldn’t fear the powers if we are living in Christ, there they have been subjected back to their created place, which is servant’s to man, under the headship of Christ.
Only when we truly are living in Christ, do we experience the freedom of the cross, which he has secured for us over the powers.
Yes the powers are considered evil in this present age, which does not yet know, nor understand these great truths of the good news, of freedom and redemption, which is ours only through our union with Christ.
And yes it is very true the powers are very destructive to the man who lives outside of the order and freedom, which we only find, when one enters through the reality of the cross, into the Son of God.
Who is now the order of Gods new creation, which has already begun in Christ, who is Gods eternal order of a restored creation?
I believe that everything God has done through Christ is only revealed in the revelation of the Cross of Calvary. When one sees the truth of Christ and him crucified, then one sees true reality.