Eph. 3:10 “[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.” AMP
Eph. 3:10, “Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!” MSG
Again we state with regards to the above passage indicating also that we truly try as we study to be very precise looking close enough with the thoughts of the author regarding the passages in view.
Verse 10, “That now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places.” Who were these principalities and powers? So we believe evil angels are intended as we feel this relates to?
Eph. 6:12 is the passage we shall be dealing with next.
Here some think good angels were being referred to. The reason is because these angelic hosts of God are busy trying to find out what is the true meaning of salvation through the wonderful economy of the Gospel, though they are not its immediate objects.
See it; 1 Pet. 1: 8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
Why are they curious to know?
Because angels are created beings; they don’t understand how the fallen man in Adam will get redeemed and become the sons of God. This is the point Peter is raising which makes more sense in relation to Eph. 3: 10 that we are dealing with.
So in their quest for this discovery of the Gospel plan of salvation, that the Lord God is made to reconcile things in heaven and things on earth-both men and angels, these angelic hosts of God are becoming greatly interested to know; and as such giving praise to God becomes more abundant.
Yet a another group of persons feels this passage is about the Jewish rulers and rabbins, especially those of them who were converted to Christianity and who had now learned from the preaching of the Gospel what, as Jews, they could never have known.
It is important to note that this type of phrase of principality and powers is frequently used among the Jews, but not often used in the New Testament.
But Dr. Macknight, whose thoughts are not in line with the thought the above stands for regarding Jewish rabbins, feels “the different orders of angels in heaven are intended, and whose knowledge of God’s dispensations must be as gradual as the dispensations themselves; consequently, their knowledge of the manifold wisdom of God must have been greatly increased by the constitution of the Christian Church.”
And with this, any serious individual with a sincere heart of judgment as seen also in 1 Pet. 1:12 above must agree that good angelic beings are intended and is further illustrated to us by this phrase;
Eph. 3:10, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, By the Church”
That is, by the Christians and by the wonderful things done in the Church; and by the apostles, who were its pastors.
“The manifold wisdom of God;” Greek, “polupoikilov sofia.” This is referring to the multifarious and greatly diversified wisdom of God laying great and infinite plans and accomplishing them by endless means through the whole period of the ages in His mind, making every occurrence to fit into His original purpose of His infinite mercy and goodness in relation to Redemption of a lost world by Jesus Christ.
By implication this plan of His cannot be defeated or scammed by any spirit or group of spirits called demons or the devil. Meaning that whatever plans of obstruction thrown in the way of this goal, God’s wisdom and power can remove.
In other words, His grand design will ultimately be achieved and His infinite wisdom can never want ways or means to effect this gracious designs. Verse 11, “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why? Because “Christ was slain before the foundation of the world,- the fall of Adam.
So with regards to this passage, I reiterate that
Eph. 3:10 “through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!” (MSG) Not demons.
Principality and powers are not intended to be demons here, but the good news of Christ’ kingdom is being discussed here as the angelic host of the heaven of God is watching it being demonstrated by His ever living Church.
Verse 9, “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” This is through the Church.
Next will be Eph. 6:12+
To be continued…