Ephesians 6:12-13 – We Wrestle

Ephesians 6:12-13
12 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.

-I find it interesting that Paul would use the word “wrestle” instead of simply saying fight.  It could easily be dismissed as a simple word choice, but that lightly esteems the truth given in Proverbs 30:5, “every word of God is pure”.  Consider that fighting is an art of intermittent contact; a feint here, a jab there, perhaps a kick depending on the specific discipline being utilized.  Either way, fighters typically spend as much time out of contact as they do in contact- just watch a boxing match.  This is not the case with wrestling.  Once the match starts, the combatants are locked with each other for nearly the entire time.  So it is in our struggle with the powers of darkness; they are constantly pressing, constantly twisting, constantly searching for the opportunity to bring us into submission.  Don’t expect a life of dodging jabs and uppercuts here and there, Satan and his minions will be wrapped around you every second until the Lord stops the fight.

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