What Are Principalities According To The Bible?

Nov 13, 2023    Michael Weidman, Bailey Mullens

Many Christians have heard the terms "principalities and powers" used in church contexts, especially charismatic circles. But what do these mysterious-sounding words actually refer to in Scripture? In this eye-opening video, we dive into a word study of "principalities" to understand the biblical meaning.

We discover that the Greek word arche (translated "principality") refers to governing systems, both earthly and heavenly. Jesus and Paul use the word to refer to physical authorities like courts and magistrates, as well as spiritual hierarchies. So principalities include political, economic, social, and religious systems.

The spiritual forces of evil work through human systems to spread anti-God ideas and identities. As Christians, we're called to reject these false identities and stand firm in who God says we are in Christ.

Overall, grasping the full meaning of principalities gives us a practical way to understand spiritual warfare and walk in kingdom identity. This video unpacks the biblical perspective on being saved from the world’s systems and belonging to Jesus’ kingdom.