THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GODThe Christian WarfareEphesians 6:10-20INTRODUCTION
: The Christian life is a battle. To be a Christian, to walk worthy of thevocation with which we are called, is no easy task. It demands constant vigilance and spiritualstrength. There are spirits of evil hovering about us, trying to obscure and pervert the truth, to blind us to the effects of sin, to entangle us in subtle temptations and to fill our minds withdoubts and fears. If we had to fight those enemies alone, without the proper equipment and helpof God, we might well despair.The devil is real, as are the “principalities and powers” at his command. But theChristian will, if he desires, be thoroughly equipped to meet these foes with the armor whichGod provides.
I.OUR SOURCE OF STRENGTH (Ephesians 6:10)
If Paul had merely said, “Be strong”, the command would have been meaningless. Theaddition of “in the Lord, and the power of His might” gives us confidence. Human resources arenot enough. If we enter the conflict trusting our own strength, disaster will follow. As thesongwriter expressed it, “The arm of flesh will fail you, you dare not trust your own”. If werecognize that Christ is “the Captain of our Salvation”, victory is assured (Hebrews 2:10). Thesoldier fights with greater confidence when he is led by a commander who has always beensuccessful. To be “strong in the Lord” you must remember “the power of His might”. In other words, look at Him and realize all the reserves of strength and power that are in Him (Matthew28:18).
II.OUR ENEMIES (Ephesians 6:11b, 12)
Intelligence is a vital part of all military operations. An army must know about theenemy’s strategy and strength. Paul leaves us no doubt about our spiritual enemies:
A.They are not flesh and blood
. Our struggle is not with human beings. Man supplies problems certainly, but they are the mere symptoms of the disease, the real cause isdeeper.
B.They are spiritual powers
. What is the ultimate cause of our troubles? It is the deviland his unseen forces and powers. The forces arrayed against us have three maincharacteristics
1)They are powerful
. Note especially the terms, “principalities”, “powers” and“rulers”. These titles draw our attention to the power and authority they wield(Ephesians 2:2).
2)They are wicked
. Our spiritual enemies use their power destructively rather thanconstructively. They are the world-wide rulers of this present darkness.19