WHY IS SPIRITUAL ARMOR NECESSARY???
WE ARE TO BE ARMED FOR THIS WAR.
ARMOR FOR BATTLE will often need to be put on, over our priestly ministry garments. We have ministry to do in this world, in the church, in highways and byways of soul winning, but we also are in a war zone, with an enemy to battle.
"WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD."
While growing up, my father often said as he taught the Word of God, "Whenever you see a 'wherefore' or a 'therefore', see what it is therefore..." The word - "wherefore" in the above verse indicates that "because of" what has been stated beforehand, there is something we must do. What was stated just previous to this "wherefore"?
"FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES."
Since we are in a battle against some evil spirits of various ranks and powers, we need the armor of God. These beings that Paul is telling us we battle are these:
- the highest rank of evil power under the authority of the devil himself, these are probably like arch angels of the evil...perhaps they were arch angels to God before their sin
-those immediately under those of the highest rank, these are probably angels that fell with the devil in his original sin, or angels that transgressed later, as in the days preceding the flood when they came and transgressed with women and produced a race of half-angelic giants.
kosmokratopas (rulers of the darkness of this world)
-these are the ones that rule perhaps a 1000 other demons, these are probably the spirits of the giants of the pre-flood days, and they are more powerful than other demons, because they are half-angelic, and half-human.
pneumatika ponerias (spiritual wickedness)
- these are the normal demons that we are accustomed to dealing with in spiritual warfare, they came into existence from the humans that were of the creation before Adam, that the devil was to lead in worship to God. They were all killed in the rebellion that came as Lucifer sinned and had these beings worship him instead of God. Their spirits now roam this earth, and they desire to inhabit a human body, since they no longer have a body. They are extremely evil since they have fallen in league with the devil.
These are the enemies. It is not the sinner, the criminal, the homosexual, the murderer, the apostate, that we battle, it is the devils. We are here to rescue sinners, and show them the available salvation through Jesus that we have found, but in doing that, we will find demonic opposition.
When we battle devils, we need to know how to do it. Some fear battle of demons, for their education on demons is gotten mostly from the world’s movies and television programs. That is not a good place to be educated on the origin, nature, and wiles of devils.
The Word of God is our instruction guide. The Holy Spirit is our source of power. The authority of our Savior is our guarantee of victory. We may learn as much as we can about the nature of demons, so that we are aware of their wiles and methods.
We need to beware the education of the world regarding demons. The world presents demons as powerful, scary, and un-defeat-able. In actuality, they are already defeated, already scared of us finding out how to send them in flight from us.
The actual word ’demon’, is not found in the English KJV translation. However, the words ‘devils' and ‘evil spirit' are used, but the word ‘demon' comes from the word translated to such, and that is the word ‘diamon'. The word is usually translated ‘devils', and refers to an evil spirit, but the root word means ‘to distribute fortunes' and this is a common means of entry for demons, they seek to offer persons what their hearts desire is. And when the person yields to that evil desire, the demons provide ‘accusations' for the angry and embittered, ‘curses' for the hateful, etc.
Another word translated devils, is ‘diabolos’, and means ‘Adversary, false accuser' (I Timothy 3:11, II Timothy 3:3, Titus 2:3). Where ever we see demons at work, there will be false accusations given against those who serve and worship Jesus. That is the nature of devils, that is their whole purpose. Like their head evil one, the devil, satan, the dragon, etc. who is also called ‘the accuser of the brethren', and "like father, like son."
Do we need to know more than that about them? We know from the names God’s has called them their nature, their evil designs, their shameful personalities.
We shall now begin to identify some by name, show their origin, show their rank in this army of evil spirits. We do not need to know names and origins to know that they are evil. We can resist, send them in flight, or bind them and call for angels to take them to the abyss. We do not need names, or identities to have victory. The Lord gave us victory, the knowledge of where they came from, what they are up to, what their name is, should not be sought from them, for they are liars, and their ‘father’ is the source of lies. So, why ask them? We should ask the Lord. The Lord has plenty of answers for us.