“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” (Ephesians 6:12).
Do you realize that earth is a principality? Sometimes I forget that. Simply put, a principality is a territory ruled by a prince. Here in America, we have no idea what that’s like. England has a little more experience, with all their princes ruling over their assorted countries and such. Oftentimes, when I think about earth, I attribute it as God’s territory, making Him the ruler—kind of like a king or queen of England—but I have to remember that while our King may be our Sovereign, earth is still ruled as a principality.
This is something that has caught my eye for some time, but it really made sense when I devoted a little brain power to it. Jesus said several times that He and the ruler of this world had conflicting goals (John 14:30). That ruler will be held accountable for what he has done (John 12:31; 16:11). When Jesus was questioned by Pilate, He said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).
There is another ruler of this world—that is, Satan—for the time being. Paul gives him the ominous title “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). If you really think about it, when we become servants of God, we become rebels against the current ruler of the world, because we become citizens of the opposing kingdom. Of course, I think I would rather be a traitor to Satan than to the ultimate Sovereign of eternity.
Maybe I’ve spent too much time thinking about this, but what can I say? It captures the imagination, especially when I realize that the world is not only the battleground between these two rulers, but also the prize. We are in the middle of a war waged between the prince of the power of the air, and the King of kings. It practically sounds like a pro-wrestling grudge match! We have nothing to worry about, though. As the titles would suggest, a king outranks a prince every time.