Lesson 7, arming for victory


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Lesson 7, arming for victory

  1. 1. Lesson 7 for November 17, 2012
  2. 2. We may extract 1. We are involved in a fight against spiritual some main ideas powers that are far above us. from the text inEphesians 6:10-18. 2. We need to use the weapons that God has placed at our disposal for this war. Putting on only part of His armor is not enough, we must put on “the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13) 3. This is a universal war, but we must fight it individually. No one may fight it for me; no one may put on the armor of God for me.
  3. 3. “HAVING GIRDED YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH”The girdle about the loins held together the soldier’s garments thatmight otherwise hamper his movements.The truth spoken of here is more thanpersonal honesty; it is the truth of God asit is lodged in the heart, appropriated,and acted upon.As long as we cling to thistruth—that our salvation rests inJesus—we can be protectedfrom one of Satan’s mostefficient spiritual assaultsagainst us: discouragement.
  4. 4. As the breastplate covers the heart of the soldier, righteousness preserves the life of thebeliever, and protects the “vital organs” of spiritual life. Some apply this to the righteousness of Christ that covers the child of God; others, to the Christian’s personal loyalty to principle. Both are essential for successful warfare, and Paul probably had both in mind. Along with the girdle of truth was the breastplate of righteousness. Thus, in this one verse Paul links the concepts of truth and righteousness. “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2)When we neglect to do what is right, when we turn our backs on what we know to be thetruth, we are easy prey for Satan’s attacks.
  5. 5. “HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE”In Isa. 52:7 and Rom. 10:15 the “feet” and the proclamation of the “gospel ofpeace” are closely linked, suggesting action, the bearing of the message of goodnews. In this verse, however, the idea seems to be that of steadfastness in theChristian warfare.Hence the gospel, in this instance, is not so much thegospel to be proclaimed, but the gospel that has foundlodgment in the heart of the Christian. It is a beautifuland encouraging thought that the warrior in the midstof spiritual conflict can stand firm in peace.Essentially, the gospel is the good news that men neednot die, and that is a welcome word to the warriorfacing relentless foes.The warrior stands firm on the knowledge of Christincarnate, crucified, risen, ascended—the heart of thegospel, and the reason for peace.
  6. 6. The Roman shield was a large oblong shield made of wood covered withleather. It measured about four feet by two and a half, large enough to coverthe body. “Above all”, we must take this shield to defend ourselves. Faith stops the arrows of temptation before they become sin in the soul. Temptations and all assaults of the enemy are to be encountered before they reach the vulnerable parts of the spiritual body. Faith in God, held aloft like a shield, catches them, snuffs out the flame, and makes them fall harmless to the ground.
  7. 7. The head needs special protection as being a most vital part, the seat of the will and the intelligence. In 1 Thess. 5:8 the helmet is called the hope of salvation. In Isaiah 59, it is God who wears the helmet of salvation; here, in Ephesians, the Christian is called upon to receive it.“For He put on righteousness as abreastplate, and a helmet of salvation on Hishead; He put on the garments of vengeancefor clothing, and was clad with zeal as acloak” (Isaiah 59:17) The present assurance of salvation that is “given” to Christians apart from their own works becomes a powerful weapon for surviving the conflict.
  8. 8. The other parts of the armor aredefensive only, whereas this is bothdefensive and offensive.It is with the sword of the Spirit, the Wordof God, that the Christian cuts his waythrough all circumstances.“For the word of God is living andpowerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to thedivision of soul and spirit, and ofjoints and marrow, and is a discernerof the thoughts and intents of theheart” (Hebrews 4:12)
  9. 9. Jesus was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14; see John 8:46)His best weapon for both defense and attack was the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 12:3-8; This was writtenMatthew 22:41-46) about Jesus, “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness” (Hebrews 1:9; see Luke 23:47; John 5:30) He spread healing wherever He went (Luke 19:9) The Gospel was the center of His ministry, “Jesus went He did miracles and calmed throughout Galilee… storms by faith (Luke 8:25) proclaiming the good news of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23)
  10. 10. “PRAYING ALWAYS” Prayer is not another weapon; rather, it is the spirit, the manner, in which the whole armor is to be worn and the battle fought. Paul is here urging it as a perpetual state of mind, a continuous attitude of communion with God (see Luke 18:1; Phil. 4:6; Heb. 4:16)Perseverance in prayer is not for the purpose, bysheer persistence, of making God change Hismind, in some such fashion as a begging childfinally extracts what he wants from an unwillingparent. Perseverance in prayer, however, clearlyindicates on the part of the suppliant a state ofmind that gives God an opportunity to do thingsHe could not safely do for him otherwise (see onLuke 18:1–8)
  11. 11. Watching is linked with prayer as a constant affair that brings spiritual strength to the Christian. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38) The saints are to be mutually supported by prayer and fellowship.“BEING WATCHFUL TO THIS END WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND SUPPLICATION FOR ALL THE SAINTS” In Ephesians 6:18, the emphasis is on praying for others. No doubt, as we pray for others, we ourselves are spiritually strengthened, and we ourselves are better armed for the ensuing conflict.
  12. 12. “Do not think that Satan isnot doing anything. Do notthink that his army is passive.He and his agencies are onthe ground today. We are toput on the whole armor ofGod. Having done all, we areto stand, meetingprincipalities and powers andspiritual wickedness in highplaces. And if we have on theheavenly armor, we shall findthat the assaults of theenemy will not have powerover us. Angels of God will beround about us to protect us.I have the assurance of Godthat thus it will be” E.G.W. (Ye shall receive power, August 18)
  13. 13. “Bear in mind that we areplaced on vantage groundbecause Christ has overcomein our behalf. He has madeevery provision for us toovercome. Divine powerstands behind every willresolutely set to do the right.God has provided the armorand the weapons with whicheach one is to fight. Let thesoldiers of Christ put on thewhole armor of God andflinch not at Satan’s attacks” E.G.W. (In heavenly places, September 10)