“PRINCIPALITIES OR POWERS” WITHIN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD—THEIR ORIGIN AND DESTRUCTION
Information in the Bible provides insight into the origin and destruction of the “principalities or powers” within the spiritual world.
The “principalities or powers” within the spiritual world originated from God’s creation as we have seen in Colossians 1:16.
1. The “Principalities or Powers” Became the Believers’ Spiritual Enemies
The “principalities or powers” were part of the “all things” created by God, and were originally good. Later, however, they became the enemies of the redeemed believers, and were at par with the “rulers of the darkness of this age” and “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12).
2. The Salvation of the Lord Jesus Prevailed over the “Principalities or Powers”
Because of our merciful Father’s great love for us, He was manifested in the flesh1. Through the cross, Jesus “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15). Ephesians 1:21 states that after Jesus resurrected from the dead, He became "far above all principality, and power." This was only possible through His broken body and shed blood (Heb 10:20-22); His blood redeemed the church “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Eph 3:10). Therefore, in confidence and joy, Paul testifies that through Jesus’ blood and because of His intercession on our behalf to reconcile us to God, we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37–38).
3. The “Principalities or Powers” Were Destroyed
The opening of the Lord’s Prayer hopes for the name of our Father in heaven to be made holy, for His kingdom to come, and for His will to be done (Mt 6:9–10). We know that these will come to pass when Jesus’ revelation to John is fulfilled: "The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Rev 20:10). Though worded differently, Paul declares that when the end comes, Jesus “[will] deliver(s) the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power” (1 Cor 15:24), which brings together the two passages from Matthew and from the Book of Revelation.
[To be continued…]