Based on my initial post on Col. 2:15, several questions have come to me as to what the following passages meant if not demons. So I shall be taking a look at those passages of Eph. 1:20-21, Eph. 3:10 and Eph. 6:12 for this next part.
As shown expressly in Part 1, it’s important to note that Paul was not dealing with the issues of demons when he was speaking to the Church in Colossians. Unfortunately, we do have ministers who specialize in demonology and have coined several names for these demons such as “asmode,” etc., and several other names that you cannot find in the scriptures in classifying them at the time of deliverance.
I have read some of these books even still on my shelf from such early day authors as “Kurt Cush.” I have always said this; people should learn to separate the works of the flesh from what they call demons. Every wrong habit is not necessarily demonic.
We have said it elsewhere that a true believer cannot be possessed by a demon neither can he possess a demon, because to possess means to own. And that which you also may call demons could just be the manifestations of the resultant effect of wrong habits.
Outside of my findings through studies, I shall be relying on several authors and Greek scholars as a way of comparison in my answer to these questions as to what these passages are saying.
Here we go!
Eph 1: 20, “Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the
dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], 21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred]” AMP
Eph. 1:20, “All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, 21 in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever.” MSG
Ephesians 1:20, “Set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”
This is the Father giving Jesus as the mediator between God and man as stated in Phil. 2:9;
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”
It is from this highest honour and dignified position that He is conducting the affairs of His Church and ruling the universe. This is also called the right hand of the Father.
Verse 21, [Far above all principality]
The words in the verse should be self-explanatory as to what their meanings are. But a lot of people have brought in conjectures other than the sense in which the Apostle used them. Such as;
Some people think Paul is talking about different orders among good and evil angels; he is superior to all the former, and rules all the latter.
Other ones think Paul must be referring to earthly governments.
Now the three major words used here are “apch,” = Principality, the first word indicates that which is the most sovereign and extensive kind of dominion.
The second word, “kuriothv,” = “lordship,” stands for that which is the lowest degree of authority; and this should stand for our Lord in his human nature, brought to the realm of the highest, the intermediate, and the lowest orders of beings in the universe.
Some other scholars feel Paul is talking about whatsoever is named in this world, such as the dignitaries of the Jewish Church; and by what is named in the world to come, all the dignities that should be found in the Christian Church.
In all all of these I haven’t seen the mention of demons yet. This account is certainly not dealing with demons from the above analysis.
Besides in the views of Schoettgen “apostle’s arch” (for arcontev) should mean the same as the (Myaysn Nesiim) among the Jews, whose chief business it was to clear and decide all contentions which arose concerning traditions and legal controversies.
That “exousia,” = power, is the same as “abrwu tsorba”, he who possesses authority to propound, expound, persuade, convince, and refute.
That “dunamiv,” might, answers to “twnbr rabbanoth”, signifying all the classes of rabbins, (plural word for rabbi) whose office it was to expound the law, and teach the people generally.
And that “kuriothv,” dominion, answers to “rm mar,” which signifies a person above the lower orders of men.
And he observes that Jesus Christ, after his resurrection, called fishermen, publicans, and men from the lowest orders of the people to the work of the ministry and made them confounding instruments overturning all the Jewish rulers, rabbins, and doctors.
And that in the world which is to come, the successive ages of Christianity, He should ever be exalted above all those powers and authorities which the Antichrist might bring into the Christian Church such as popes, cardinals, wicked archbishops, bishops, deans, and canons; and all those who among the schoolmen were termed seraphic doctors, angelic doctors, most illuminated, most perfect, and irrefragable doctors.”
So friends, going by the above views you are free to decide what to believe in the use of the words ‘principality’ and ‘power’ and if they have anything to do with demons or not.
Otherwise what Paul meant to state here is that all created power, glory, and influence are under Christ.
Nothing to do with demons. Praise the Lord.
To be continued…