Ephesians 6:10-12 Part 2 - Spiritual Warfare
Our text is Ephesians 6:10-12 which says,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Last week’s sermon...
was an introduction into the topic of spiritual warfare
and it was an introduction to the end of this remarkable letter.
We focused in on the word ‘Finally’.
Paul is going to begin to wrap up this letter.
Paul is also saying, that in view of all that has been shared since this letter began, it is imperative that Christians be ready to engage in a spiritual battle.
The foundation had been laid, the exterior walls had been put up and the roof of the structure has been put on. This great doctrinal letter has now built an imposing structure. And now Paul wants us to go see what has been built for the very first time. We are surprised to see that it is a great fortress.
This shelter, this garrison, this citadel has been built for far more than simply for our personal comfort. It is for our safety and for our help during the spiritual warfare that every Christian will encounter. Having built this fortress every believer can win this spiritual battle by the strength of God and by wearing His armor. They will be able to stand despite the size and strength of the enemy. The gates of hell will not prevail against God’s people and against God’s church. (Matthew 16:18)
John Calvin said, “The devils have such power over us that we could not tell how to withstand them, unless God were both our shield and our rampart (fortress), protecting us from all assaults, yes, and fighting for us when we can do nothing at all.”
In Ephesians Paul has given to every believer a bountiful grace package. Therefore, it is inevitable that the devil and all of his armies will soon be coming against us. If we have grown in the grace of God then we should not be surprised at any conflict, battle, assault, campaign or war that is being waged against us? We need not fear when such a day comes because Paul is telling us how we can stand strong during such a day.
Have we mistakenly assumed that the more we grow in grace the less we will have to battle.
Have we mistakenly believed that the more grace we experience the fewer conflicts we will encounter.
Have we mistakenly believed that as we grow in grace we will be tested less.
Paul knows that believers will have their faith tested. Samuel Rutherford said, “Grace withers without adversity. The devil is but God’s master fencer; to teach us to handle our weapons.”
God intends for believers to be engaged in this battle.
Therefore, Paul now is teaching every believer about the spiritual warfare that each of us faces.
We Are To Be Strong In The LORD
Paul begins by saying, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” There are three different words in the Greek that are used to describe strength in this verse.