We through the revelation of the cross of Calvary come into the realm of the cosmos in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.
There we come into the realm and domain of the fallen principalities and powers of this present evil age.
Even though these powers were initially defeated by the Lord at the cross, yet they still remain in the places of universal influence in the creation of God.
This other dimensional world is a hidden reality for those who are not born into it. It is a world of intense spiritual reality for those who find them selves in the atmosphere of it.
There and only there do we find the authority of the body of Christ, which is his Church.
These rulers and authorities, which inhabit this arena of creation, are the world regulators of the created order of Gods good creation.
This realm of the fallen powers still continue in its universal rebellion against the created order of God.
It is a strange and unexplained mystery of how and when this universal rebellion occurred. Some believe it occurred through the sin and disobedience of Adams fall, who was a type and figure of Christ.
This other dimensional realm and world of the heavenlies, is a hidden place of reality for those of this physical natural world.
This other dimensional world and realm, is the inner reality of everything that is outer reality. It is the hidden invisible pole of the outer cosmos, which we see, hear, and feel.
The great question is why does the Lord allow this great rebellion to continue in the realm of the heavenlies, even after his great universal victory at Calvary. Why does the Lord continue to allow this realm of rebellion and evil to continue to pollute and bring disorder into his creation.
This world of inner creation is a profoundly strange environment for mortals, who only have known that into which they have been born into, which is the outer creation of the physical world.
The bible is very clear, there is this other dimensional world of the principalities and powers. It was a reality of the old testament, it is a reality of the new. It is found all throughout the biblical writings.
We find these powers early in the writings of the old testament. They are the Gods of the nations.
These powers were very much a reality for ancient Israel. Israel found itself in its long history giving themselves over to these powers.
Israel continued to chase after other Gods. The prophets were in constant rebuke of the nation, and the other Gods that they continued to go after.
1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah. 2 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.
4 He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” 5 He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. 6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire.[a] He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.
2 Kings 21,1 to
In the old testament the reference to other Gods is found in 245 places. Israel had a long dark history of chasing after other gods.
We come over to the new testament and we begin to really get a bigger enlarged picture of the powers.
When Jesus started his public ministry after his baptismal at the Jordan river, everything changed. The event of the Jordan river for Jesus was a new reality introduced into the creation. The heavens were opened, the spirit of God descended from the heavens onto the life of Christ.
But notice what transpired right after this profound event, he was lead into the wilderness, and came into confrontation with the prince of this world. From then on the antagonism for Jesus, from the prince of the powers of the air, was a visible tangible reality.
Jesus through baptism entered into something that no other human in history had seen nor experienced. Jesus entered into an environment in which was a battlefield. This hidden reality of the heavenlies were now exposed, the light of God had penetrated the darkness. The realm and domain of the hidden darkness was now brought out into the light. Strange events now began to transpire, demons screamed in the presence of this new light, which had now invaded this strange otherworldly dark environment.
This is the reality for all those who through the baptism of the holy spirit now enter. It is very similar in many ways to what was true of Jesus. Jesus was the pattern Son, he was the forerunner into this new world of the heavenlies. When we truly come into the Christ of God, we enter this strange new profound, but also very hostile environment.
Through the light of the Son of God, we enter the darkness, which is still a reality in this world, but the darkness is beginning to be exposed.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. 1 John 1- 1 to 5