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"Principalities and powers in the heavenlies" (Eph. i.21; 3: 10; 6: 12; Col. 1: 16; 2: 10, 15).
It will be seen that exousia is a word which is used very often with reference to
angelic or spiritual authorities.
"The powers of the heavens shall be shaken" (Matt. 24: 29; Mk. 13: 25; Luke 21: 26).
"All the power of the enemy" (Luke 10: 19).
"Angels, principalities, powers" (Rom. 8: 38).
"Angels, and authorities and powers" (I Pet. 3: 22).
"The Dragon gave him his power" (Rev. 13: 2).
Returning to I Cor. 15:, it would appear that the rule, authority and power which are
to be destroyed are to be viewed together with death as enemies.
Revelation 20: as a final act shows the destruction of death in the Lake of Fire after
all other enemies have been dealt with, and immediately before the New Creation with
which Rev. 21: commences.
I Cor. 15: 24-28.
24. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the
Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under
him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be
subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
PSALM 127: 1, 2.
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain
for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so
He giveth His beloved IN SLEEP."
The last two words of the above quotation are not according to the A.V., nevertheless
they give the true rendering of the verses. While it is blessedly true that the Lord gives
such peace that it may be likened to "sleep" in the midst of alarms, the truth of this
passage is somewhat different.