No reforming or negotiating with evil spirits

no reforming or negotiating with evil spirits

Jesus spoke of the violent struggle and counterattack that would accompany the coming of the kingdom —

And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.          Matthew 11:12

Many biblical scholars agree this means the kingdom has been under attack from violent foes.

Jesus refers to Satan as the strong man who must be bound if his captives are to be liberated.  Binding the strong man involves violent combat, yet it is a battle the Church can win through the power of God.  Jesus Himself promised that —

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell[b] will not conquer it. – Matthew 16:18

The Apostle Paul, too, emphasized that —

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. – Ephesians 6:12

Walter Wink writes —

“Prayer is not magic; it does not always ‘work’. It is not something we do, but a response to what God is already
doing within us and the world. Our prayers are the necessary opening that allows God to act without violating our freedom. Prayer is the ultimate act of partnership with God.”

 

 

 

 

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