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. (Eph 6:12)
The next several sections of the book are on the Character of the Enemy. Oh what a sneaky creature he is.
(The writer takes a moment to point out the the scripture should read something like “not only flesh and blood” or “not chiefly…”)
Our Inner Corruptions are ‘Flesh and Blood’
Sure in a sense we do not battle with physical flesh and blood…that of others, but one of the enemy’s closest allies is our personal “flesh and blood.” We are born sinners…period. This is passed from generation to generation. This sinful nature will torment us as long as we are alive. Even after we become Christians. Our nature is “fleshly and carnal”
The thoughts of the corrupt mind are incapable of perceiving the things of God. All its desires, delights, cares, and fears are wrapped up in the present world, and are therefore fleshly. Just as the sun hides the heavens above it while revealing the things beneath, so carnal reason leaves the creature in the dark concerning spiritual truths, while enlightening his carnal knowledge most excellently.
Another way to look at this is the basic theory of what goes in is what comes out. If we don’t feed ourselves spiritually…filling our hearts with God daily…what do we think we are going to produce? It doesn’t matter how “spiritual” you are…or think you are…the Spirit and the flesh will never get along. Look at what Paul said in Romans…
In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. (Romans 7:15 CEV)
Even he admits that the enemy is very good in battle. The writer gives the following analogy:
Suppose that while a king is fighting to subdue his own mutinous subjects, some superior foreign troops should join with them and take command. Then the king no longer fights primarily against his subjects, but against a foreign power.
Satan will gladly join with your flesh (our “inner corruptions”) and assume command. It could be said that our sin is the engine, and Satan, the engineer. Ouch!
Encouragement…God is the Author and the Finisher. If we cling to Him, and call Him to our aid, though the battle will rage on, we WILL NOT be defeated!
Text from The Christian in Complete Armour