We through the event of identification with the cross of Christ, enter into the controversy, of the now coming eternal kingdom of Christ in its militant invasion of this eon.
We the church are enlisted into the battle, which has been raging from the time of the victory of the Son, who through the weapon of militant grace, assaulted the world powers of this cosmos and age.
The coming of Christ was the invasion of the cosmos of creation, which this world is cradled in.
The real battle once entered, is in this arena called the heavenlies, which govern this world and age.
It is the realm of sin and death, and the prince of this world. Who through the fall of Adan, has now took the reins of the world systems and orders, which regulate all created events. It is the realm of the principalities and powers of this age.
The powers now through the fall, are prisoners to the power of sin and death. Death through sin is the governing authority, which is released by the powers into the creation. The creation and cosmos are under the bondage of this hostile force called sin and death.
This is the arena of our reality through our union with the resurrected glorified Christ. As his advent into this world was, so also now we through him are.
It was the world of Paul and the others, who came before us. The early Church was a initial invasion into the dominion of death. When the Lord acceded into the heavens and the spirit was released into the early Church, then this assault began to take shape.
This has been the experience of many through the turbulent history of the militant Church.
Jesus said to peter, on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades will not stand against it. This is a picture of an invading force assaulting the gates of the strong hold of Hades, which was the prison house of this world and cosmos.
Behind the gates of Hades was this once impregnable fortress, called sin and death. It is the realm of the prison house of this world and cosmos. In the death of Christ, this kingdom of death was initially invaded by the Kingdom of God. The light of the God of creation, invaded this realm of the dead.
Christ through his death devoured the kingdom of death. Through the death of Christ, death was initially assaulted and exposed.
This is the ageless, but now coming climatic event, of the invading force called the kingdom of heaven, coming in apocalyptic force, to again reclaim this world and cosmos, which is governed by death.
This is what we now as the Church have been enlisted into. We are brought into this crisis of the creation, through the crisis of the coming of the Christ.
The Church is the militant reality in time, birthed by the acceded Lord of glory. Sent into the dominion of the world powers, proclaiming the victory of Calvary, which is Christ is Lord and King of all. This is our proclamation to the hostile world forces, which stand against the rule and authority of our God in Christ.
This is our birthright through Christ, to share in the rule and dominion of his great eternal, immortal coming, but already here reign of glory.