Who or what are the "Ruling Spirits" noted in Romans 8:38 ?


Clarify Share Report Asked February 28 2017 Image Chip Creech

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As I understand it, these "ruling spirits" (or "principalities", as they are called in some translations), are powerful evil spiritual beings. (Paul also referred to them in Ephesians 6:12.) They are part of the hierarchy of spiritual beings in Judaism (and, thus, by transference, in Christianity). 

Paul is saying that even such malicious beings, with all their power, and all their intent to oppose God and His will, are not able to separate Christians from the love that God has shown to them in Christ, any more than any of the other dire earthly or physical conditions cataloged by Paul in Romans 8:35-36 can.

March 01 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining