The invisible force that causes massive objects to pull other objects toward them is known as a gravitational pull. When a professional athlete jumps into the air, the earth’s gravitational pull forces them back to the ground. Early theologians developed the concept of dualism to help explain a similar pull between good and evil. Dualism believes there are two independent powers behind everything that happens, one good and the other bad. In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis states that the universe is the battlefield in which this endless war is fought.
But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts], Galatians 5:16.
Prior to introducing the concept of the armor of God to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul describes the gravitational pull between good and evil. Unlike dualism, these invisible forces are clearly defined. In the right corner, the Holy Spirit is a guiding light, directing, prompting and urging souls to choose obedience in accordance with biblical law. Meanwhile, the sinful nature opposes God’s Spirit, using impulses, lust and temporary pleasures to entice individuals to break God’s law. Angels and demons fight for souls in the spiritual realm, pulling hearts and minds in different directions.
For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do, Galatians 5:17.
One of the weapons the ruler of the air, Ephesians 2:2, uses is misinformation. Going back to the Garden of Eden, Lucifer planted doubt within the mind of Eve by suggesting, “did God really say that?” Replacing truth with justification and rationalization, the gravitational pull of sin is hard to resist, James 1:13-15. Meanwhile, the Lord uses confession, James 5:16, pouring out grace and mercy upon willing participants to pull people back into fellowship with God. In view of this wrestling match between good and evil, keep in step with the Holy Spirit so that your eternal destination will be secured, 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus