Powers and principalities in the new testament
Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament by Walter WinkThis might not be a classic, but Winks book (and the two sequels) are frequently cited. After years of noticing such citations in other books I was reading, I figured Id go back to the source. Winks book does a fantastic job in making what the Bible says about spirits/demons/angels and such palpable for modern people. On one extreme are materialists who discount all the Bible, or other literature, says about such things since, well, we modern people know such things do not exist. Winks book seems to be mostly for such people. I think he succeeds, showing there is a spirit that exists behind large companies and corporations, for example. The other side would be those who take the Bible literally. Such readers probably see Wink as a sell-out liberal, which would be a shame. Because I think you can hold a literal view and still gain a lot from Winks work. Overall, a very helpful book.
Who is in Power? Christ's Judgment of Principalities and Powers
Principalities and powers
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Luke Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible…. Matthew And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Galatians To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:. Ephesians Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:. Ephesians To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,.
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What does the Bible say about? For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.