Here it refers to the struggle or combat which the Christian has to mainrain - the Christian warfare. The contest therefore was not primarily with people, or with the internal corrupt propensities of the soul; it was with this vast and dark kingdom that had been set up over mankind. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. It is a warfare on a large scale with the entire kingdom of darkness over the world. New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. For we wrestle - Greek, "The wrestling to us;" or, "There is not to us a wrestling with flesh and blood." The apostle does not mean to say that Christians had no enemies among men that opposed them, for they were exposed often to fiery persecution; nor that they had nothing to contend with in the carnal and corrupt propensities of their nature, which was true of them then as it is now; but that their main controversy was with the invisible spirits of wickedness that sought to destroy them. Ephesians 6:12, NASB: "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 … New American Standard Bible 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. It is against such spirits, and all their malignant influences, that Christians are called to contend. And there is no greater subtilty of Satan, nor no stronger self deceit, than this, to palliate and cover vices with the shadow of virtue, and to present corruptions under the similitude of graces. 12 For our (A)struggle is not against [a](B)flesh and blood, but (C)against the rulers, against the powers, against the (D)world forces of this (E)darkness, against the (F)spiritual forces of wickedness in (G)the heavenly places. Scripture references: Ephesians 6:1-9; 5:25-33; Colossians 3:17-25; 1 Corinthians 7:12-17; Mark 10:2-12; 7:9-13; 5:19; 1 Timothy 5:4; Luke 15:6; Titus 2:1-15; Exodus 20:12,17; Deuteronomy 6:1-9. Yet in maintaining the warfare, the struggle will be with such portions of that kingdom as we come in contact with and will actually relate: (1) to our own sinful propensities - which are a part of the kingdom of darkness; (2) with the evil passions of others - their pride, ambition, and spirit of revenge - which are also a part of that kingdom; (3) with the evil customs, laws, opinions, employments, pleasures of the world - which are also a part of that dark kingdom; (4) with error, superstition, false doctrine - which are also a part of that kingdom; and. THE HOME What is a Home?--It has been answered that, "It is the unit of society." vi. In that passage the Lord puts on righteousness as a breastplate--that is to say, God, in His manifestation of Himself for the deliverance of His people, comes forth as if arrayed …Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John, "But if Ye have Bitter Envying," &C. James iii. The word (ἐπουράνιος epouranios) is used of those that dwell in heaven, Matthew 18:35; Philippians 2:10; of those who come from heaven, 1 Corinthians 15:48; Philippians 3:21; of the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, and stars, 1 Corinthians 15:40. Ephesians 6:12 (New American Standard Bible) A.F.V A.S.V. There is undoubtedly here an allusion to the ancient games of Greece, a part of the exercises in which consisted in wrestling; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 9:25-27. "Darkness" is an emblem of ignorance, misery, and sin; and no description could be more accurate than that of representing these malignant spirits as ruling over a dark world. 13 Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, 'Having put on the breastplate of righteousness.'--Eph. In whatever way their power is put forth - whether in the prevalence of vice and error; of superstition and magic arts; of infidelity, atheism, or antinomianism; of evil customs and laws; of pernicious fashions and opinions, or in the corruptions of our own hearts, we are to make war on all these forms of evil, and never to yield in the conflict. When he speaks of the Christian warfare here, he refers to the contest with the powers of this dark kingdom. Read verse in New American Standard Bible