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Summary: Studies in Ephesians on the the Armor of God.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.

Title: Armor of God

Theme: To show God's protection

Text: Eph 6:12-17

Christians have a battle in this world. Paul spoke of this when he spoke of the battle that is internal. The battle between the flesh and the spirit of God. The battle between evil and good. The battle between man-pleasers or god pleasers. What a battle it is? Sometimes it seems one wins out over the other. It is a war. Many times in scripture do we see this used. In 1 Samuel 25:28 we see the reference to it as one "fighteth the battles of the Lord."

We are told in Jude 3 to contend for the faith. Hold our ground for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We see this same idea in Revelation 3:11 when "hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.." We are fighting a battle for our life. Not just a life here on earth but one of eternity. The best part in Christ has already won and Satan has been defeated and we have the same power through Christ to overcome him and then speak as Paul spoke " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" (2 Timothy 4:7 AV) What a testimony? What an epitaph to put on a grave.

So what must we do. How do we begin? Right here in Ephesians 6. Let us look at what we must do.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

As we have already discussed we are in a battle and to fight one needs armour or protection from the enemy.

Who are we fighting against? Satan, Lucifer, the deceiver, the devil.

wiles: 1) cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

A well quoted verse We know the application of it. Our battle is not against flesh but against the spiritual realm. That is physical flesh. When I mention the flesh earlier it was as the old man or the worldly desires.

We also see the different levels in the dark world. Understanding that Satan is not omnipresent. He is not everywhere. It may seem like it but he is not he has demons and principalities that do his dirty work. There seems to be an hierarchy in the kingdom.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. {having...: or, having overcome all}

So what are we to do but take up the whole armour of God. To be able to with stand and when we do. When we have done all and taken all we must stand. In the name of Jesus we must stand. Notice it doesn't say run. As we look at this armour and if you have seen armour you will notice it is not designed to run in. If were to have a race it would be a pitiful sight but it is designed to fight. Stand and fight. The Christian is to fight.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 AV)


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