Summary: Message interprets Paul’s instruction for spiritual warfare in the light of what he has already said in the first five chapters of the epistle. Sermon believers see the practical application of how to take the full armor of God and live victoriously.
Equipped for Battle
Ephesian 6:10-20 (NKJV)
Life Church 11-01-15
This is not a full manuscript but gives highlights of the sermon.
The message is an expository verse-by-verse discussion.
Vs 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Begins with word “Finally”
Culmination of Epistle Previous prepares for Exhortation
(1) Ch 1-3 Acceptance in Christ (Sit) (2:4-10) Seated in Heavenlies Fight from position of grace
(2) Ch 4-6 Lifestyle lived in grace (Walk) (4:1; 5:8)
Know who are in Christ- position in grace Live in power of grace Foundational to contending with adversary
“brethren” – don’t do it alone/ united with Body (Lion roars to separate herd)
“be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Pres. Imp. Passive (reliance) (continuous) endunamoo Abide in Vine IICor. 12:9 perfect in weakness
Vs 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
the whole armor (pan-op-lia) not part “that you may be able to stand” critical to our success—requires active faith Something we have to do (not automatically) What are we standing against? “the wiles of the devil” schemes, strategies not just power—but cunning, craftiness (works on our areas of vulnerability) IICor. 2:11 not ignorant of devices The Devil & warfare are assumed (1Pet. 5:8)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Must always remember (Lk 9:56 not to destroy lives but to save) “but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (1:3; 20-21; 2:6; 6:12) the spiritual realm—not distant place in outer space
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
What is evil day? Job 2:13-19; 1Cor. 16:9 effectual door-but many adversaries season/crisis –one thing after another Ever had time when doing good to just stand? Picture – soldier fighting off. Then when dust settles-still (poised for more!) Example in 2Sam.23:11-12: Shammah
Process about to describe is not magical, imaginary; is Practical action in daily lives!!!!
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph. 4:15 “Speak the truth in love…” 4:25 “Lie not…”
Not doctrinal statement on wall – is simply being truthful Devil operates on basis of lies & deception (Jn 8:44) Any deception, hypocrisy, manipulation = vulnerable
Be truthful & uncompromising and will stand
“having put on the breastplate of righteousness” not imputed – already have that – imputed is foundational to but must be expressed in actions 1 John 3:7 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (KJV).
Two Builders ( Matt. 7:24-27) At any place operating in unrighteousness—you are vulnerable!