LICHTSTRAHL 148 GOSPEL: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6 MICHAELMAS 22.10.23
THE ARMOUR OF GOD
Wars can be fought in different ways. Either with arms and weapons that have taken on a level of threat on the whole of humanity, as they have never done before. In the development of physical weapons human intelligence, curiosity and research have come to a point, where weapons are made, that are potentially able to wipe out all life on our planet earth in a moment.
A war can also be fought with the word – also that has reached a point of destructive power, which is a real threat to the future. We as humans are the only creatures, that have been gifted with the power of the use of the WORD, of which it is said that everything came into being through it, and we are free to use it in a way that can either create or destroy. At the moment one can surely have the impression, that our destructive use of the word has taken the lead.
Both physical weapons and words are found and live in the outer world. In the world around us, in the senseworld and can be seen and observed in their working in the outside world.
The third way to fight a war is to use an armour that is not visible to the outer world, that is not connected to our power of working with the WORD, but is to be found in our inside world – the world nobody can observe or be impressed or scared of, the world that lives in absolute silence: It is the world of our inner soul capacities, which we can take hold of, get to know them consciously and strengthen them.
In contemplating Paul’s letter about the armour of God, we are given the task to fight another kind of war in the name, the being and the power of Christ, which is very different from fighting with weapons or the WORD. This is the way it has mainly been done in the past, but the danger in this kind of war –even for the most meaningful purpose in life – is becoming clearly visible in our times.
It is time to realize that we are spiritual beings as well, not only physical and that we have a spiritual enemy and counterpart, that is revealing its power to us – more and more clearly day by day. It is time to put on that armour and carry it in complete silence and trust in the midst of the wars that are fought with physical weapons and the word. And we do not have to carry it in the name of some earthly believe or power, but in the name of the high spiritual being that is living in the spiritual world as well as inside of our own ego.
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