(J. Nor can we believe that Christ Himself knew that evil spirits had no existence, and yet consciously and deliberately fell in with the common way of speaking about them. The attacks of these formidable foes are not incessant; but as we can never tell when "the evil day" may come, we should be always prepared for it. Their office. It is a wide and a powerful empire. Because the most important objects depend on this contention. And therefore we need the strength of God and "the armour of God." Evil thoughts come to us which are alien from all our convictions and from all our sympathies. The subject is confessedly difficult, obscure, and mysterious; but there is nothing incredible in the existence of unseen and evil powers, from whose hostility we are in serious danger. epouranios) is used of those that dwell in heaven, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood -, Ουκ εστιν ἡμιν ἡ παλη προς αἱμα και σαρκα·, The rulers of the darkness of this world -, Τους κοσμοκρατορας του σκοτους του αιωνος τουτου·, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Pulsford. Foster. The teaching of Christ on this point is sustained by all the apostles (James 3:7; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Ephesians 4:26; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 2:13, 14; 1 John 3:8, 10, 12; 1 John 5:18, 19, etc.).4. THE REASONS BY WHICH WE SHOULD BE INDUCED THUS TO CONTEND.1. Because victory will be attended with certain glory. The nature of the means of preservation. Because victory will be attended with certain glory. )The craft of our invisible foesJ. That our enemies aim at us personally.2. )The craft of our invisible foesJ. We find that Satan is said to transform himself into an angel of light. Their character - "evil." D.)The nature of the contestH. It is a warfare on a large scale with the entire kingdom of darkness over the world. They come to us at times when their presence is most hateful; they cross and trouble the current of devotion; they gather like thick clouds between our souls and God, and suddenly darken the glory of the Divine righteousness and love. And there are dark and evil days when we discover that there is also a power not ourselves that makes for sin. (H. J. That our enemies aim at us personally.2. (J. (1)A glorious rest from all painful toil and contention;(2)glorious exemption from all penal evil;(3)glorious honours;(4)a glorious throne, crown, kingdom. Days of suffering are such. The nearness of the parties to each other.3. Talmage.(Dr. All the statements which are urged with regard to subtlety on the one hand, and cruelty on the other, show that there is one incessant labour, which is perfectly unvaried and unremitting on their part, to accomplish the great designs they have in view with respect to the character and the final destiny of the soul.3. )The evil angelsJ. It is, for instance, conducted with subtlety and cunning. In the exercise of firm resistance. No use to say that as He spoke the language, He thought the thoughts, of His country and His time; for it was impossible that He should mistake shadows for realities in that invisible and spiritual world which was His true home, and which He had come to reveal to man. Again: He came to preach glad tidings; can we suppose that, if the popular dread of evil spirits had no foundation, He would have deliberately fostered such a falsehood?3. It is, further, conducted in cruelty, Hence, we read of Satan as being "the adversary"; we read of his fiery darts; and we are told that he "goeth about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." The present tense. Talmage.(Dr. Evil fires which we thought we had quenched are suddenly rekindled by unseen hands; we have to renew the fight with forms of moral and spiritual evil which we thought we had completely destroyed. (2)We must retain it till our warfare be past. Their position. There is nothing to account for them in our external circumstances or in the laws of our intellectual life. 4. We are sometimes pursued and harassed by doubts which we have deliberately confronted, examined, and concluded to be absolutely destitute of force, doubts about the very existence of God, or about the authority of Christ, or about the reality of our own redemption. Foster. Their character - "evil." THE BEINGS HERE PRESENTED ARE ENGAGED IN ACTIVE AND MALIGNANT CONFLICT AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF REDEEMED MEN.1. Evil fires which we thought we had quenched are suddenly rekindled by unseen hands; we have to renew the fight with forms of moral and spiritual evil which we thought we had completely destroyed. For the devil will be sure to hit the least part that he finds unarmed; if it be the eye, he will dart in at that casement by the presentation of one lewd object or other; if it be the ear, he will force that door open by bad counsel; if the tongue, that shall be made a world of mischief; if the feet, they shall be swift to shed blood, etc.Spiritual wrestling is personalDr. It is, for instance, conducted with subtlety and cunning. Because the most important objects depend on this contention. A man is said to "fall" when he is slain in battle; and he does so literally. These principalities, etc., fight against the children of God through the medium of their own thoughts; as those thoughts may be influenced independent of external objects, or as those thoughts may be influenced by the thoughts and passions of other men; and by the various events and occurrences which are transpiring in this sublunary and terrestrial world.