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The Battle of Battles.

The Battle of Battles.

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BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M



Eph. 6 :10-18.

fINALLY, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that
ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having
on the breastplate of righteousness ; and your feet shod with the prepa-
ration of the Gospel of peace ; above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the Word of God : praying always with all prayer and supplication in
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplica-
tion for all saints.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M



Eph. 6 :10-18.

fINALLY, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that
ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having
on the breastplate of righteousness ; and your feet shod with the prepa-
ration of the Gospel of peace ; above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the Word of God : praying always with all prayer and supplication in
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplica-
tion for all saints.

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The Battle of Battles. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M Eph. 6 :10-18. fIALLY, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness ; and your feet shod with the prepa- ration of the Gospel of peace ; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God : praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplica- tion for all saints. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Th}^ Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: — When we look over the history of the world we find some great battles. Among them in our own country we might mention Gettj^sburg, where twenty thousand of our orthern soldiers lay in death, and in their own blood; we might thus go on and show you battle after battle; fought in different parts of the world between armies of great numbers; but there is a battle that is greater than all the battles between flesh and blood; it is the battle
 
referred to in our text, where we are admonished to put on the whole armour of God. In order not to take up too much time with an introduction, let us at once plunge into our theme. I speak to you this evening of 748 TWETY-FIRST SUDAY AFTER TRIITY. 749 THE BATTLE OF BATTLES. And may the Holy Spirit show each one of us how we can be true soldiers of the cross. With regard to this battle I shall show you : I. The armies. II. The armor. III. The call to arms. I. Which are the armies of this great battle of bat- tles? I behold the armies of the devil ! "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'' The Apostle Paul recognizes the fact that there is a leading poAver for evil as well as for good. Paul believes as much in a personal devil as he does in a personal Savior, and this Satan has got an army. He has got an army of the fallen angels ; an army of the lost race ; and an army of popular society. We are told in God's Word that Satan fell; that he was a holy angel at one time; that he rebelled against his God and God cast him out of heaven and a host of spirits followed him, and this host of spirits is referred to in this letter of Paul's when he says : "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." This "spiritual wickedness" is correctly translated wicked
 
spirits. We find, therefore, that Satan has a great army of wicked spirits, not in heaven, but in high places. The German Bible says they are "under heaven," which is by far a more intelligent translation. We find then that the army which we have to fight as soldiers of the cross is not found only walking upon earth, but wherever you can find a fallen angel you find a member of the army of Satan. You remember the story of Job, how Satan tempted him. What did Satan do? He blew his house over with a storm ; he caused the fires from heaven to fall and devour part of his flocks. That same Satan is today yet in the air ; he is in high places. We find then that these powers are around us. ot 750 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. only are there fallen angels in this great army of Satan^ but there is a fallen race. When Paul says here, we wres- tle not against flesh and blood — or more correctly against blood and flesh — he does not mean to say that we have no battles on hand with men, but he means to say this, that man today on the side of the devil is not a soldier of the same kind as we fight in battles simply with blood and flesh and nerve and sinew, but that back of all this flesh and blood in the lost man there is the power of Satan to fight. We would not recognize what Paul is trying to bring forth here if we did not see that a wicked man is more than simply flesh and blood. You realize that a child of God is more than flesh and blood;, when a man is born again he has the Holy Spirit in him, and having the Holy Spirit in him he is now a three- fold person instead of a two-fold person. When we study man according to the wisdom of the world, we say he is a dual being, having a body and soul, but if you will study the Word of God carefully you will find the child of God is a three-fold being — body, soul and spirit. ow then, when you fight a good man you are not fighting

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