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Alright, that’s all the housekeeping for today . . . let’s talk about the war going on in your home this very minute.
Thousands of years ago there was peace between God and man, but evening and morning hadn’t rotated enough times for Adam and Eve to start filling the earth with children before a war struck a blow at the very heart of the most glorious relationship in the universe — the relationship between Creator and creation.
But this war is abnormal. Even though it’s the longest running war in the history of existence, and even though it’s not going to come to an end for at least another 1,000 years — depending on your eschatology — it’s oddly foreign to us. It’s unfamiliar. In a way, it’s forgettable.
The Bible is filled with allusions to soldiers and wartime mindsets, and yet the average professing Christian stumbles through his daily existence blithely unaware of the very real battle in which he is right now participating.
I wanted to start this series at the very beginning of April, but the content from Season 13 went a little long — and I’m glad it did. The content was great. But my original plan was not to start this discussion about war a couple days before Easter.
But here we are, and — in retrospect — I think it’s appropriate to be commencing this series on the anniversary of one of the biggest battles in the history of the Ultimate War we’re discussing on this series.
Obviously, from the my description of this war — and the title of the show — you already know that our focus for the next few weeks is on spiritual warfare, and — more specifically — the spiritual warfare being waged in your home and with your family today — right now.
But I want to say from the outset that this topic is massive. It’s too massive. It’s not infinite in scope — for only one Being in the cosmos is truly infinite — but it’s definitely far bigger and more powerful than the past, present, and future of mankind put together.
It’s defiantly too big for this podcast.
But we must not dismiss it or pretend it’s not happening simply because there’s too much to discuss in a podcast format like this. We have to do our due diligence, or we risk losing our families to the carnage and casualty of this very real, very present, and very dangerous spiritual war.
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I mentioned earlier that this war is forgettable, and it’s in Satan’s best interest that it is. Of course, it’s in our families worst interest if we forget that we and our spouses and our kids are currently under attack.
Not only do we risk losing our families, I think we need to understand the nature of this war — if for no other reason — than it will have a dramatic impact on how we parent — on how we live together as husband and wife — on how our kids will interact with us and their siblings.
So, I believe the place to start is simply discussing the reality of the conflict in general terms. From there we can get more specific as to the enemy we’re fighting, the battlefield on which the war is fought, the weapons we employ in this conflict, and — then even more specifically — how we’re to engage with the enemy in this spiritual war.
So, today we’re going to talk about the dynamics of the war. We’re going to prove from Scripture that it’s happening and — hopefully — better understand the realities of this epic war.
I think the best place to start is with the absolute very foundational observation that everything in the universe exists on the physical plane, the spiritual plane, or both.
Let’s define those quickly.
The physical plane is the part of your experience that you can sense with your five senses. If you can see it, touch it, smell it, feel it, or taste it, you’re experiencing something physical.
The spiritual plane is an existence that you cannot experience with the five senses. This is the existence that is most often rejected by secular science because you can’t apply the scientific method to it.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
I don’t have time to argue and apologize for the spiritual reality. That’s not my goal. I’m assuming that — if you’re listening to this show — you already know and believe that the spiritual realm exists. If you’re questioning or doubting that, I would encourage you to seek out Christian apologists who can do a great job providing the evidence of the spiritual realm.
But, honestly, the secular world — and by that, I mean people who reject God and the supernatural — they have done a great job at least leaving the door open for the existence of the spiritual. There are too many things about the human brain they can’t explain that can only be explained from the Scriptures because humans are a complex physio-spiritual beings. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
It may be appropriate to refer to the spiritual realm as a different dimension of existence, but I’m hesitant to use that word because of all the sci-fi and fantasy connotation. Still, it’s a good way to understand it. Our five senses have the ability to perceive the physical world, but there is another dimension to our existence that — in a way — overlays the physical. It’s invisible to our physical sense, but it’s just as real — maybe even more real — and everything in the universe — including God — exists in one, the other, or both simultaneously.
1. Let’s start with the physical.
All non-living things and non-sentient life exist in the physical plane.
What’s interesting, though, is that even though what I just said is true, the Bible reveals that non-living things and non-sentient life are at least aware of the spiritual realm.
Animals are aware of the spiritual realm. In Numbers 22:22-35 we learn about Balaam’s Donkey. I encourage you to read that account. And even if you say that Balaam’s donkey was a unique experience that — perhaps — all animals don’t posses, we still have Psalm 148:7, 8, and 10, "Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps . . . ; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl.”
And it’s not just the animals. All creation is aware of God and tuned to give Him the glory He deserves.
Rocks and Trees praise the Lord. In Luke 19:40 Jesus says, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” In Isaiah 55:12 we learn: “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Psalm 148 is this huge list of everyone and everything that should or does worship the Lord, and weather is one of the things on the list. Psalm 148:7-8, “Praise the Lord from the earth . . . Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word.”
Celestial Bodies are also on that list: Psalm 148:1-5 says, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! 4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.”
So, even though there are objects and lifeforms that exist solely on the physical plane, they are often more aware of the spiritual realities than humans are. That’s both very interesting and very sad. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
What about . . .
2. The Spiritual
Obviously, God the Father exists in this realm. In John 4:24 Jesus says, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“Yeah, but, Aaron . . .”
Yes, I know. Just wait.
There’s also God the Holy Spirit. This one is obvious enough, I don’t have to quote any verses.
So, God exists purely in the spiritual realm. This is actually what — in many ways — makes the spiritual realm more “real” than the physical. The physical realm came into being at a point and time in history, and even though it will exist into eternity, the spiritual realm has always existed.
“But, Aaron . . !”
I know. Hold on. I’m getting there.
Lastly, in the only-spiritual realm we have angels and demons. I won’t spend much time on this right now, but I do want to point out that just because they can manifest themselves in physical form does not automatically mean they exist in physical form.
Now, my favorite category. It’s not my favorite because it’s more special. If that were the case, then God the Father and God the Holy Spirit would be less special. That’s obviously not the case, and yet, this final existence is unique for very special reasons.
3. The Physio-Spiritual
This plane of existence is unique because the individual simultaneously exists in the physical and spiritual realms at the same time.
First, we have man.
Genesis 2:7 informs us: “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
And I also want to read I Corinthians 15:35-58. It’s a longer passage, but it’s unique in that it describes the difference between our fallen physical bodies and the Christian’s future, glorified physical bodies. “But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?’ 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
Now, we need to stop here and point out that Paul is not saying that mankind will one day be purely spiritual. This word is used to describe many things including men who live in such a way that they please God. They are still physical men, but they are spiritual in that they align their lives with God’s will.
In the same way, the “spiritual body” to which Paul refers is not to be contrasted with physical bodies. It’s to be contrasted with the natural or “worldly-minded” body, stained by the sin nature. Whereas the spiritual body is free from sin.
I just needed to clarify that so that we would come to the correct conclusions. Continuing on . . .
“If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became A living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
The whole glorious purpose of Paul’s discussion is to celebrate the fact that man will continue to exist in a physio-spiritual state, but that we will be free from sin and death.
Amen and amen!
But mankind is not the only being to be both physical and spiritual.
Yes — just as some of you suspected — this category does include God — specifically, God the Son.
In Philippians 2:5-8 we read, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
And in John 1:14 we learn that, “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Now, we can’t take the time to grapple with the realities of the Trinity, but it’s safe to say that God exists in both spiritual and physical form specifically because the person of Jesus Christ is both God and man. However, that’s not to say that God the Father or the Holy Spirit exist in physical form. They don’t. It would be doctrinally inaccurate to say that.
But I think this enhances the beauty of this plane of existence. Nothing else in creation was given the ability to span both realms. Even God Himself, before the incarnation of Christ, was not physical. Again, this doesn’t diminish in any way God and His spiritual existence, it just makes man’s position unique.
It’s this uniqueness of his position that required that God had to take on physical form in order to redeem him. Physical blood spilt by physical beings couldn’t save a physio-spiritual being. And a purely spiritual being couldn’t purchase the redemption of physio-spiritual beings. Jesus had to become a man in order to provide the substitutionary atonement for mankind, but He also had to be God in order to accomplish the infinite physical and spiritual feat.
Again, we just don’t have time to get into the details of any of these concepts. For now, just know that your family is different than all of your material possessions and the nature around you and your pets because you exist in both the physical and spiritual planes.
Forgetting that fact is not just dangerous, it’s damning.
But let’s finish off our time today understanding how this spiritual war began and how we were pulled into it.
The very first battle started on the purely spiritual plane and bled over onto the physical.
Isaiah 14:12-14 reveals the consequence of the very first sin as Lucifer allowed himself to imagine that he deserved God’s authority and worship: “‘How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”
But before he was thrown down to earth, Satan deceived many of the angelic hosts to join him in his destined-to-fail heavenly coup. Revelation 7:12-19 speaks of the ancient moment when Satan and his demons attempted to usurp God’s authority: “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
It was at that moment that the spiritual war broke in on the physical realm, and Satan turned his attack from a direct frontal assault against God to focus on the proverbial apple of God’s eye — mankind.
From the temptation of Eve until the blinding of the nations during the Millennial Kingdom, Satan’s one goal has been to steal the glory of God for himself. And if he can’t win over the adoration of man, he’ll do everything he can to keep man from adoring God.
Now, we’ve used the balance of our time, but there’s one more absolutely important observation that must be made. We’re going to spend much more time discussing it later in this series, but I want to introduce the idea right now.
There is a battle waging in your family, and this battle does involve every member of your family. BUT . . . your battle is not against your family.
This is a spiritual war . . . it’s not a physical war. The physical parts of your spouse and children are not your enemy. In fact, only a small portion of their spiritual existence can be considered the enemy.
I can’t take the time to explain it now, but I will quote Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Too many dads and moms are pitting themselves against their children. Too many spouses are battling against one another. Too many children view their parents as the enemy.
This is not true. The real enemy is laughing hysterically at all the professing Christians who should be enlisted to wage war against our real spiritual enemies but who are — instead — filling their homes with friendly fire.
We’re not attacking the problem, we’re attacking the people, and our families are suffering for it. We’re not only bruised, beaten, and battered by our real enemies, we’re taking fatal damage from the people who should be on our side.
Let me be clear, too many Christians listening to my voice today are actually helping the enemy destroy their families because they view one or more of their family members as being the enemy. And they are not.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
Please share this episode on your favorite social media outlets. Christian families need to wake up to very real spiritual war being waged in their homes.
If we want our children to grow up into Christ, we must parent in truth and love. That means that we need to understand the truth of this spiritual war and stop unlovingly attacking our fellow soldiers.
To that end, join us next time as we continue our discussion of the spiritual war in your home and unveil the false enemies in this epic battle in which your family is engaged today.
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