Those who have come through the death of Christ into the heavenlies, through the baptism of the holy spirt, come into an dimensional reality and sphere, where one comes into living active contact with hosts of principalities and powers, who exist in an world, which is not known to the natural man.
This world of the cosmos, which is situated in the world called the kingdom of the air, this is the domain and dominion of the rulers of this present age.
These rulers and authorities, which continue to sit in these high places of authority, over this world, they are the hidden world cosmic forces, which exercise dromion and influence over this evil age.
These are the hidden realities of power, which brood over this evil age.
These authorities who exist in this kingdom of the air, they are very present and real creatures. Even though they are not like us, yet they are in some direct correlation to this heaven and earth reality, which God created through Christ.
These rulers do exercise a form of dominion over this present world, even if they were in some way subjected to Christ, through the event of the cross, yet they are still called the gods of this present evil age.
People want to attribute everything, which happens in this world to the sovereignty of God, but that is not what the bible really teaches us.
These cosmic power structures have very much influence on things, which take place in this world. They do exercise some kind of an kingship over this fallen world.
Yes Jesus did break into this age, by the event of the cross, but it was only an act to deliverance for a people from this age. This present age has not disappeared, it still continues.
Jesus said my kingdom was not of this world, his kingdom was not to be found in this present world.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” John, 36 – 37
The god of this present age is not Jesus. Jesus came to rescue us out from the authority of the god of this age. This age belongs to the principalities and powers, who rule under the influence of the prince of the powers of this age. These are the gods over the cosmos. They are still very much in control over this world, and very much of what takes place in our world.
These rulers who sit as kings and rulers over the nations, they exercise authority over the nations, which live under their jurisdiction. They have very much influence over the unregenerate humanity of Adam. They are called the gods of this age, because that’s what they are.
When we come into the new humanity of the Christ, then we begin to realize how true this is.
Through the regeneration of our life into the heavenly Christ, we then enter this cosmic arena, which is called the heavenlies. It is a world if entered, then things should happen, which also happened to Jesus. Jesus entered into this world at the event of the Jordan river. The heavens were opened up to him at this event.
We through new birth should also experience things similar to Jesus. As one advances in this other world, then one begins to see this truth, as Jesus spoke in the bible.
The Lord wants the Church to live and move in this other world of the heavenlies. This is our heritage in the faith, which we are called into. There we encounter heavenly realities, which at times are shocking to us. We encounter supernatural beings, which are in direct conflict with our new position taken. They come to us in ways, which are very deceptive. They present us things, which are very tempting in nature. They come in ways that are very tempting, and at times very hard to resist. They offer us things, which are of this world, and of which they can deliver, but the end of all their ways is spiritual death.
This arena we enter through new birth, is a very powerful environment, with great authority to found in it. But it is also a very hostile world, with great power structures, and powers with great authority, which we enter into conflict with. These supernatural powers offer one many things, to keep one from following the Lord, who has invited us into this wonderful world of the heavenlies.
The main goal of these beings is always to draw one out from this position of in Christ. When one comes out of this world, which Christ has opened up for us, then one is no longer any threat in this present cosmic battle.