Summary: An examination of the Bible showing ways the devil enters the life of a Christian
"Doorways of the Devil"
Ephesians 6:10-18 is one of the most powerful and important passages of Scripture for the victorious Christian. That is, the Christian who is truly living in victory for the Lord Jesus Christ by winning the daily battle with the world, the flesh and the devil.
These vicious enemies of the Christian can not be defeated without God’s formula for victory found in the book of Ephesians. In verse 6:10 & 11 Paul summarizes the entire book of Ephesians by dividing it into three specific areas. These three distinct divisions are especially designed by the Lord to give us the victory over the three enemies of our souls .
The first enemy is the world system and for this enemy Paul commands: "Be strong in the Lord..." literally be continually strengthened in the Lord. This phrase summarizes chapter 1:1-3:21 as Paul gives us the ammunition to have complete victory over the allurement of the world system and all it’s trappings by knowing our position in the Lord as described in these first three chapters of this epistle which is definitely "The Book for the Battle".
The key word for victory over the world is "faith". Faith in who we are in Christ! Our heavenly position and possessions are thoroughly described in chapter 1-3 and beautifully pictured in 2:6: "And hath raised us up together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus".
This is our present exalted position! We are "right now" supernaturally raised from being dead in our sins and seated in the heavenlies in Christ with all the "spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."(1:3)
Faith in our position, who we are in Christ, and our possessions, what He has given us, are things that are eternal and will never change! We must rejoice in these manifold spiritual blessings for there are over 20 mentioned in these first three chapters of Ephesians.
Full comprehension of our position and possessions as completely described here is a must for victory over the "world". When the world and all it’s allurements knock on the door of your soul, faith in the eternal spiritual blessings found in Christ and turning our desires and passions to these heavenly things will give us complete victory over the sin of hungering and thirsting after the things of this present world.
Rejecting the temporal worldly desires by memorizing and meditating on the reality of these marvelous eternal blessings in Christ is the only answer for victory over the world! Yes, it is our faith, faith in our exalted heavenly Position and Possessions that gives us the victory over the world! (I John 5:4)
The next enemy Paul deals with is the "flesh". For victory in the battle with the flesh Paul again commands: "Be strong...in the power of His might". This pointed command summarizes chapter 4:1-6:9. Literally, being continually strengthened in the power of God’s might can be found only in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Five times in this section of Scripture Paul uses the word "walk" to describe our practical victory over the "flesh" by walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.