Ephesians 6:12 Meaning of Our Struggle is not Against Flesh and Blood

Ephesians 6:12
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Explanation and Commentary on Ephesians 6:12

Many things that we see here on earth and things that happen are not just ordinary. The truth is that many of these things are beyond the physical. Not everyone can see this because not everyone’s eyes are being opened to see in the spirit realm. Elisha and his servant were surrounded by soldiers, and Elisha’s servant couldn’t see what Elisha was seeing. He couldn’t see in the spiritual realm and then Elisha prayed.

2 Kings 6:17
“And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

What we need in this life is the ability to see beyond the physical. What we are facing in life is not natural. They are breathed or inspired by the dark forces. Ephesians 6:12 is telling us to redirect our prayer, to change our target.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood.”
Flesh and blood according to the scriptures mean man. Man is not the problem. The spirit is what we should focus on, not the man. The man is just a distraction.

The Christian fight, which is the real fight, is against the forces that are hidden in the dark to make the Christians fall. They are the ones that must not escape the battle. Fighting these powers, these rulers, and the forces… we need a power that is above all of them.

Philippians 2:9-10 gave us the power to fight these dark forces and win. We cannot just go into the battle by ourselves. Normally they are powerful and they can overpower us if we are using our own power. It is only through the name of Jesus that we can fight them.

Proverbs 18:10
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

One more thing that we need to understand is that to fight these powers, like a soldier going to war, we need armor to fortify ourselves.

Ephesians 6:13
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

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Biblical Translations of Ephesians 6:12

NIV
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.

NLT
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

ESV
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.

KJV
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.

NKJV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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