The Gifts & The Body 5: Grace, Gifts & Victory Part 2


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Spiritual Forces of This Present Darkness

Ephesians 1:21

“Rule”- arche- ⑥ “an authority figure who initiates activity or process… Also of angelic or transcendent powers, since they were thought of as having a political organization.”

Translated: “principalities”- Rom 8:38

Also 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15- word is used to describe dark spiritual forces.

Authority”- exousia- ⑤ “bearer of ruling authority… ⓑ of transcendent rulers and functionaries: powers of the spirit world.”

Also 1 Cor 15:24; Col 2:10; 1 Pet 3:22.

Power”- dunamis- ⑤ “an entity or being, whether human or transcendent, that functions in a remarkable manner, power as a personal transcendent spirit or heavenly agent/angel.” Also Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 1 Pt 3:22.

Dominion”- kuriotes- ③ “a special class of angelic powers, bearers of the ruling power, dominions.” Also Col 1:16.

Colossians 1:16

Thrones”- thronos- ③ name of a class of powerful beings, earthly or transcendent, the enthroned, plural… perhaps of transcendent beings Col 1:16… but in view of the reference to things ‘seen and unseen’ in the same verse it is probable that the author thinks also of earthly rulers.”

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