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The Whole Armour of God.

The Whole Armour of God.

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Ephesians VI. 10—19.


Ephesians VI. 10—19.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 17, 2013
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THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.BY REV. J. SARGEAUT, M.A.Ephesians VI. 10—19.Finallyy my brethren^ he strong in the Lord^ and in thepower of his might. Put on the whole armou/r of God^that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of thedevU. For we wrestle not against Jlesh and bloody butagainst principalitieSj against powers^ against the rulersof the darkness of this worlds against spiritual wicked-ness in high places. Whereftyre take unto you thewhole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstandin the evil day^ and having done all to stand. Standtherefore^ having your loins girt about with truths andhaving on the breast plate of righteousness ; and yourfeet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above allj taking the shield of faith, where--with ye shall be able to quench all the Jiery dartsof the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, andthe sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;praying always with all prayer and supplication in theSpirit f and watching theretmto with all perseverance.The words, which I have just read to you,are of such great importance for every Chris-tian to know, and frequently to consider,32 THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.that I could wish they were engraven on allyour memories. As my text is of somelength, those of you, that have bibles, woulddo well to turn to it, in order that you maythe better follow me in the reflections I am
about to make. Let me also earnestly recom-mend you all (and this, at least, will be in thepower of you all) when you return home, tomake this portion of Scripture the subjectof your own private meditations. I am themore desirous at this time of bringing toyour recollection, these instructions of theholy apostle to his Ephesian brethren,because we are again soon about to com-memorate the first coming of our ble$sedLord, and our Church therefore reminds us,tliat we should "cast away the works of dark-ness, and put upon us the armour of light,"*to th^ separate parts of which armour St.Paul here alludes.4But the first consideration that the textsuggests is, that we should place all our con-fidence in God, and none in ourselves. ''Mybrethren, be strong in the Lord, and in thepower of his might." Man, since Adam fellfrom his high estate, man is become a weak creature, far, very far gone from originalrighteousness ; and such he must have re-mained, for ever subject to the wrath of God,* Coll. First Sunday in Advent.THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.33
had not God in his mercy found out a way tobe reconciled to us, hy the perfect obedience,*by the sacrificef instead of us, and by themediationj and continued intercession§ of hisown only-begotten Son ; tor as the sameapostle says in the same Epistle to the Ephe-sians, " By grace are ye saved through faith ;and that not of yourselves, it is tlie gift of God ; not of works, lest any man shouldboast. ni If, then, the way of salvation is opento us, let us not presume to think that it is so byour own doing ; if we would journey on inthe christian course, let us not for a singlemoment imagine, that our own naturalstrength is sufficient : seeing that the wordof God expressly declares, that we are "notsufficient of ourselves to think anytliing as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God.'ljOh ! which of us would not take God's wordfor this, ratlier than be brought to the know-ledge of it by tempting him, for our presump-tion, to suffer us to fall into some grievoussin ; thus proving to our cost the weakness of our nature ! o, my brethren, we cannot beBtrong, except we be " strong in the Lord, andin the power of his might."But the text declares, that " we wrestle notonly against ^fiesh and blood, but against prin-X 1 Tini.ii. .It 2Cor. iii. .34 THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.cipaiitieSy against powers^ against the rukrsof the darkness of this world y against spiritual

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