Ephesians 6:12- “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens,”
There is one more area of insight into the work of the powers among men which needs to be considered: the strategy of supernatural evil in manipulating human institutions and social structures to work evil among humanity. Walter Wink is the Champion of this more socio-cultural institutional view of spirit evil. He says that we must see Paul including here in 6:12
‘all the archai and exousiai… not only divine but human, not only personified but structural, not only demons and kings but the world atmosphere and power invested in institutions, laws, traditions and rituals as well, for it is the cumulative, totalizing effect of all these taken together that creates the sense of bondage of a “dominion of darkness” (see Col. 1:13) presided over by higher powers.
Wink holds the kosmokratoras to include all who hold mastery over the world, the spirit of empire, and
“all forms of institutional idolatry, whereby religion, commerce, education, and state make their own well-being and survival the final criteria of morality, and by which they justify the liquidation of prophets, the persecution of deviants, and the ostracism of opponents”
Wink continues saying that it is the “suprahuman dimension of power in the institutions and the cosmos which must be fought, not the mere human agent “ The institution will perpetuate itself no matter who the human agent “because that is what the institution requires for it’s survival” Finally, he says that it is “this suprahuman quality which accounts for the apparent ‘heavenly’ bigger than life, quasi-eternal character of the powers”
(Handbook for Spiritual Warfare, by Dr. Ed Murphy)