Powers and Principalities (banging gongs and clashing symbols)


head-all-principalityFor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
— Ephesians 6:12

Powers and Principalities, representing two levels of the hierarchy of angelic beings which drive and sustain the created world, the ebb and flow of reason, ideal truths, the flow of emotion, argument and sentiment driving every age.  The basis for notions of balance, justice, truth, spiritual realities not bound by any particular shape of material nature, but having force and effect in every order of creation.

What does it mean to wrestle with such beings ?  Wrestling with angelic beings seems a mythic constant of human life.  Lacking preternatural perfection, balance and grace, we struggle against the appeal of conscience, compassion, rationality, and instead become consumed by the selfish passion, our egos and damaged instincts pulling us toward event horizons of bleak inert emptiness as we are consumed by our self-absorption.

We are challenged in every age, by the notion of soul as a spiritual reality, which transcends and precedes our physical self, and exists symbiotically with our physical self.  This notion pits us in perennial struggle in the misbegotten legacies of sin, self-destruction, and doubt. The struggle is this soul, that strives and contends with spiritual beings who are pure intellect, entities that live dynamic and real, holding sway over higher truths and Principles that order creation.

Principalities, and Principles, first truths, things like justice, love, peace, harmony, balance, empathy, order, authority, hierarchy, that we live with these organic realities each moment, recognizing them in the harmony and elegance of cellular and chemical material nature, but are rarely cognizant of them as part of our daily lives.  We take them for granted like the air we breath.

Throughout the ages of human history and mythology we personify and label these entities, imbuing characteristics in them, that we recognize in ourselves as being of higher, or lower order, according to our limited perspectives.

Lifetimes of study and contemplation have been devoted to understanding, or imputing anthropomorphic identities into these beings.  In the modern secular age, it is a secular heresy to suggest belief in spiritual beings, spiritual realities themselves the long dismissed subject of empirical debate, wherein the physical mechanics of thought and consciousness supersede the notional existence of non-material intellectual entities.

The wrestling continues, a feverish need grips us, to resolve the chicken and the egg notion on the of primacy of ideal truths, and prove that we are accidents of nature, complex automatons, part of no order or truth higher than chance.  As victims of chance, automatons driven by natural physical forces we therefore have limited accountability for the choices we make.

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2 Responses

  1. that in Him is no darkness at all, tguohh he creates light and darkness, good and evil, we must be very careful that the way we present concepts do not tread upon (trample under foot) other concepts in scripture: There is probably nothing more important to my salvation than that God is light (pure), and that in Him is no darkness at all: For this means I can trust Him Darkness means He can change But in Him is no shadows or variableness of turning. James 1:17Thank you brother, for I believe you are laboring to present truths the Body of Christ has forgotten, as Paul said It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. And again, Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord we persuade men! This is the righteous judgment of God who is not mocked and not a darkness at all; for in Him is light, and no darkness. The mystery of free will demanded the presence of both trees of which God did not entice (tempt) Adam with but the man and the woman were led astray by their own lusts to be gods.

  2. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!|

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