Ephesians 2:1 (KJV) 1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
“prince of the power of the AIR…”
Results for G109 – aēr
Part of Speech: masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology): from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy, to blow)
Outline of Biblical Usage:
the air, particularly the lower and denser air as distinguished from the higher and rarer air
the atmospheric region
KJV Translation Count — Total: 7x
Strong’s Definitions: ἀήρ aḗr, ah-ayr’; from ἄημι áēmi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy, to blow); “air” (as naturally circumambient):—air. Compare G5594.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon
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NT 109: ἀήρ
ἀήρ, ἀέρος, ὁ (ἄημι, ἄω (cf. ἄνεμος, at the beginning)), the air (particularly the lower and denser, as distinguished from the higher and rarer ὁ αἰθήρ, cf. Homer, Iliad 14, 288), the atmospheric region: Acts 22:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 9:2; Revelation 16:17; ὁ ἄρχων τῆς ἐξουσίας τοῦ ἀέρος in Ephesians 2:2 signifies ‘the ruler of the powers (spirits, see ἐξουσία 4 c. ββ.) in the air,’ i. e. the devil, the prince of the demons that according to Jewish opinion fill the realm of air (cf. Meyer at the passage; (B. D. American edition under the word ; Stuart in Bib. Sacr. for 1843, p. 139f)). Sometimes indeed, ἀήρ denotes a hazy, obscure atmosphere (Homer, Iliad 17, 644; 3, 381; 5, 356, etc.; Polybius 18, 3, 7), but is nowhere quite equiv, to σκότος — the sense which many injudiciously assign it in Ephesians, the passage cited ἀέρα δέρειν, (cf.verberat ictibus auras, Vergil Aen. 5, 377, of pugilists who miss their aim) i. e. to contend in vain, 1 Corinthians 9:26; εἰς ἀέρα λαλεῖν (verba ventis profundere, Lucr. 4, 929 (932)) ‘to speak into the air’ i. e. without effect, used of those who speak what is not understood by the hearers, 1 Corinthians 14:9.
EPHESIANS 2 IS EXACTLY PORTRAYED IN REVELATION 2,3 &4. Key to understanding this signification is the distinction created by revealing that the spirit of disobedience works in the lower, crowded “air” , AS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE HIGHER AND RARER AIR. The identification of baser and dense (crowded ) air being beneath the higher, rarefied ( process of rarefaction ) air is employed and is signified (pictured) when John is shown the spirit of disobedience and his many organs at work in the churches, and then is told to ” Come up here”. There, in higher rare “air”: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
To sit in heavenly places, per Eph. 2 , pertains to “up here”, per Rev. 4:1, and not Rev. 2 &3 where the Spirit speaks to any with an ear to hear, and you find that the seat of power is not the throne of God, but that of the prince of the power of the lower “air”, above which, his voices do not rise.
This signification/ picture, when grasped, gives comfort and understanding. Rev. 2 & 3 is not the body of Christ, though any with an ear to hear have power to be added to it. The one body, the body of heaven in His clearness, sits on the one throne ( per Eph 2). If looking for the body of Christ in the churches of Rev. 2 & 3, do not discount the one “like unto the Son of man”. These things also help expound and define what the Lord means, telling individuals in the churches ( there is one church “which is His body”, as Paul stated)…telling individuals to recall from where they are fallen. Colossians 3 is also a picture of this, in plain words.
Colossians 3:1 (KJV) 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Plagues and judgments are upon the children who refuse to repent. Churches do, and will play a prominent role in the dissemination of plagues in the earth. Read the book of Revelation. The children of disobedience are dealt with in Revelation 2 & 3.