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Summary: Exposition of Conspiracy

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Text: Ephesians 6:10-11, Title: Conspiracy Theory, Date/Place: NRBC, 1.27.13, AM

A. Opening illustration: Talk about the roller coaster of Les Cox’s spiritual life over the past 14 years, but the

relative stability over the past 2 years because of his recommitment to Christ. Now he is at Southwestern

College working on his degree and areas of his spiritual life that have plagued him for years. He made the

statement last night that during a recent fast (his first one ever) God revealed to him something. He spoke

about how a particular temptation was a way that Satan used to get him off track that he hadn’t recognized

before. I realized that much of his spiritual victory was due to his ability to recognize satanic schemes.

B. Background to passage: The Ephesian letter was probably intended to be circular, and so didn’t deal with

a whole lot of specific situations for individual churches. It covered proper theology of salvation and the

church, then transitioned into the behavior of born again, spirit-filled believers. One of the culminating

pieces at the end of this letter is Paul’s instruction on spiritual warfare in Eph 6 (just by the way, the best

book I have ever read on this topic is derived from a study of this passage; it’s called The Invisible War, by

Chip Ingram). I just want to focus on a very small part of the instruction, not so much on the pieces of armor,

but of the purpose of this instruction: beware!

C. Main thought: Satan uses deceptive and devious schemes to stifle God’s work in His church if we let him.

Purpose (v. 11)

1. This warning is a culmination and direct command to avoid the pitfalls of false theology and sinful

practice previously mentioned in the book. Why? Because Satan is like a roaring lion seeking people

to devour. Paul knows, and reminds them that they are a target, and Satan will come to get them. The

flaming darts will come and the deceptive strategies (the real meaning of the word “wiles” or “schemes”)

will be launched. Jesus tells us that it is Satan that comes and steals the word from the hearts of those who

hear the word, but don’t understand their need. But with believers, this is not possible. Affirm eternal

security.

2. 1 Peter 5:8, Matt 13:19, 2 Cor 4:4,

3. Illustration: “Sharks are coming to get me!!!”

4. Let me give you at least four of the main purposes that deceptive schemes are launched. 1) To hinder

the gospel—2 Cor 4:4. Satan wants to stifle the advance of the gospel, especially into places that only

get glimpses. You will note that the most opposition we experience in when serving to advance the

gospel. This is also the case when the church is growing and advancing. Therefore when little advance is

happening, smoother seas will prevail. 2) To derail your walk with God. We will talk tactics in a minute,

but know that if Satan cannot get you lost, he can sure make you distance and ineffective as a believer. He

wants to get you to withdraw from Him, from church, from ministry for whatever reason. Hurt feelings,


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