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 into tomorrow’s events in time.
The Church of Christ is not a fixed entity in time; it’s Gods self revelation and witness vessel to the principalities and powers of creation.
The church of Christ is an ever-growing living organism, which is coming into maturity and manhood, destined for eternity, but created in time.
We find ourselves presently in this cycle in the salvation history, called the reconciliation of all things.
I don’t know were we are, but I do know that we as a living body are coming into a maturity, which will be required, prier to the coming time of the self revelation of the Lord.
It’s like growing up from childhood into adulthood; we are given things, which are required for our further development in the life of Christ, who is head over all power and authority.
So likewise, God gives to the church that which is required for the time it finds itself existing 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 of truth.
There presently is a theological discussion regarding Paul’s strange language, which Paul 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 to be 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 very staggering.
So we really have a two thousand year interpretation, which is very common for most believers 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 regarding the powers?
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 apostolic faith.
In like Pauline fashion, who was the principle prophetic interpreter for this dispensation, so to truly know Paul, is to truly know Gods fullness, which only Paul was privileged to receive and also deliver to the Church.
That is why it is essential to understand this chosen vessel.
When Paul speaks, we as the church must listen to him.
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.
The powers in themselves are they really evil? When God created all things he said it is very good, so then 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. Adam was created in the begging as Gods head image bearer, over the powers.
The powers of creation were created and were responsible for all that makes humanity, humanity.
Music, emotion, government, nationhood, culture, air, water, fire, life, death, everything, which makes up this creation is called the principalities and powers.
Without the powers of creation in their created functions, creation simply would not be what God created?
They are the all things, which make up this life.
The visible created creatures of creation, these are the outer expression of these inner realities, which are the powers of creation.
The powers are the inner hidden invisible realities, which find expression in and through the outer visible creation.
Without the visible creation the powers have no expression of existence, you could say they are dormant lifeless entities, which wait for the visible to reveal them.
When God created male and female, then man was completed.
The powers were not fully completed until man was created.
The problem of the fall started when man, through his disobedience lost the headship and image bearer of God.
It was the God of the creation, which held all things in harmony in the beginning of creation.
So what happened at the fall is, 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 creation and man.
The powers became hostile and turned against man, but also each other?
The powers turned from being in servitude to humanity, to now being the gods of this present age.
By humanity’s loss of the headship and image bearers of God, the powers became hostile and turned on each other, but also turned against humanity.
The powers are now hostile toward humanity; they compete for the domination of the race of Adam.
They compete to be preeminent among humanity; there are now no restraints, they truly have taken the reins of human life.
The powers now in all their manifold expressions strive to dominate the human race.
The powers have now become demonic they know no bounds.
The cross was Gods answer to the chaos of the creation.
The cross was God in Christ bringing back the order, which was in the beginning, It is called the restoration of all things.
The event of the Cross of Christ now represents the release of the authority of God over all things in creation.
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 is the order of God over the powers; they have been defeated now in him! He is head of all rule, authority, and power.
We as Christian’s talk about being free, but what does that really mean for us?
Paul says that we now who are the followers of the Lord are free, not to live in separation from the powers, but to live in the harmony and dominion over the powers, which was in the beginning, which is now in the process of being restored, by the resurrection to the right hand of power by Christ.
The word says that Christ must rule and rein in the heavens, until he has put all rule 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 God in Christ restored all things, all things have been reconciled under the authority Christ. Christ is now the new representative of humanity, who is also sitting at the right hand of God over all power and authority.
That is what the truth does when understand; it releases us from bondage to the powers of this age, and into the freedom of the children of God.
We shouldn’t fear the powers if we are truly are living in Christ, there they have been subjected back into their created places, which is servant’s to humanity through and under the headship of God.
And yes these powers of creation they are still very hostile in this present world, the world that finds itself outside of the new order of creation, which is only to be found in Christ.
These cosmic powers of creation, they are still a very destructive force in the world, and humanity, who live outside of the new creation of God in Christ.
These powers still continue to strive to have dominion over this present age. But we do know that they were defeated and stripped of all their authority, when they were unmasked, revealed, and stripped of all their power over creation, through the God of creation, who created them for his own purposes.
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.