Learning Who We Are!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
Until we learn WHO we are in Christ, we will not make war properly. Unless we learn of the authority that has been given to us as children of the living God, we will not know the chaos we can bring to the enemy in the heavenly realms. To better understand the authority we have, in Ephesians 6; we must first take a journey back through the first few chapters of the book. In doing so, we get a clear picture of why Jesus really came.
Let me explain: In the garden, Adam and Eve gave an authority to Satan that God never intended for him to have. At the moment of their sin, Adam and Eve actually came into a agreement with Satan about God. They entered into Covenant with Satan. In essence, they took Satan’s side over God and in doing so, gave Satan authority over their lives.
Adam and Eve actually changed masters. There was only one way for this to be restored. God needed to send a second Adam (Jesus) to the earth to buy back the authority that Adam and Eve had given away in the garden. Somebody needed to “deauthorize” Satan and the Son of God was the only One who had the power to do so. So Jesus came to the earth, lived perfectly; and became the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Because He was perfect, he fulfilled the law of God and was given the power over death and hell. Jesus not only de-authorized Satan, but actually re-established in us an authority to war in heavenly places.
He took back the authority that Adam and Eve had given to Satan. In doing so, He gave back to us the power necessary to war against Satan in Heavenly places. Now, when we read Ephesians 6; we can understand the authority that we can walk in as we go to war. We have been bought with a price, and we have been given the tools to war in heavenly places.
We are no longer under the authority of Satan. We are now kids of the King, and we have His authority to fight.