An Alphabetical Analysis
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energy ('the working of the mighty power which He wrought in Christ') that
raised Christ from the dead and seated Him far above all.  The mighty
antagonist is called 'The prince of the power of the air'.
Thirdly, the methods adopted by these evil powers are indicated in
Ephesians 4:14 where it speaks of 'every wind of doctrine, by the cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive'; and again in Ephesians 5:11
and 18: 'Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness'; 'Be not
drunk with wine, wherein is excess'.
Fourthly, the last chapter of Ephesians reveals most definitely the
nature of the foe.
'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood in heavenly places, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness' (Eph. 6:12
author's translation),
and the whole armour of God is provided in view of 'the evil day' (6:13).
We have not put forward any justification for our revised translation
in these four phases of truth; this we have done in the series on Ephesians
which runs through The Berean Expositor, volumes 35 to 42.  We press on for
the moment in our quest to discover what is indicated in these later epistles
of Paul concerning the character of the age as the dispensation of the
Mystery nears its close.
The references in Philippians are of a general character.  They
indicate the dangers that lurk within the church and which necessarily
contribute to the failure at the end.  Such passages as the following give an
indication of the leaven that works the mischief:
'Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ ...
that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for
the faith of the gospel' (Phil. 1:27).
'All seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's' (2:21).
'Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision'
'Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as
ye have us for an ensample.  For many walk, of whom I have told you
often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the
cross of Christ' (3:17,18).
It will be observed that whereas Ephesians reveals
the spiritual foes that attack the church from without, Philippians draws
attention to the evils that are within, which will help that outside attack.
These two aspects are naturally in perfect harmony with the distinctive
objects of these two related epistles.
Turning to Colossians, we have an epistle which traverses much the same
ground as is covered by Ephesians, but which also introduces the note of
warning and the reference to the prize (Col. 2:18), which links it on to
Philippians as well.  We are warned against enticing words, philosophy,
tradition, rudiments, shadows, voluntary humility and worshipping of angels,