Sunday, February 19, 2017 pm                                        Ephesians Index


Put on the Whole Armor of God (1)
Ephesians 6:10-18


Tonight we continue our study of Ephesians.  We are in the midst of Paul concluding applications.  His final challenge is to fight for what is right.  1 Timothy 6:12

Friends, as Christians, we must never forget that we are at war.  Of course, it is a spiritual war, as our text will show.  We are called upon to enlist, cf. 2 Timothy 2:3-4

I.                     Finally, brethren, be strong in the Lord (10)

a.       Strength found in Him – We are to be strong – a word meaning to be made able to accomplish what is intended, or to function.   Romans 4:20, Philippians 4:13, 2 Timothy 4:17

b.       And in the power of His might – power -  the ability to demonstrate one’s strength, power in action; and might – to function effectively, with force and vigor

 II.                   Put on the whole armor of God (11)

a.       Put on the whole armor of God – It is not about a physical suit, but it is qualities we develop  
Armor is the Greek, πανοπλία, (panoplia) & has reference to our whole armament

b.       That you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil - cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11.
The word stand means to endure, or withstand attacks.  To resist.
“the wiles” of the devil –crafty scheming.  Ephesians 4:14, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 4:4 “the god of this age”, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11, John 8:44, 1 Peter 5:8, Revelation 2:24, 12:9, He “deceives the whole world.” (1 John 5:19)
Note in these verses the nature and power of our enemy.  He is not someone to be ignored. 

c.        For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood – It is a struggle.  It is a spiritual battle -
2 Corinthians 10:3-6.  Ultimately, our fight is NOT with man. It is a battle for the HEART. 

d.       Our battle is against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.  Keep the heavenly places in mind – as these are who we are fighting.

                                                   i.      Principalities –those in places of preeminence. (cf. Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 1:21, 3:10, Colossians 1:16, etc.).  The devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, Rev. 12:9)

                                                 ii.      Powers – demonstrating potential.  Eph. 2:2 “the prince of the power of the air”

                                                iii.      The rulers of the darkness of this age – Satan, is the ruler of this world – John 12:31, 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, See Ephesians 2:1-2

                                                iv.      The spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places

Our fight is with the devil – 1 Peter 5:8, James 4:7 – He will flee

Does this mean we don’t engage men?  NO!  We do, because as we have seen, Satan accomplishes much of his work through evil men.  Rom.1:20-32, 2 Tim. 3:1-7
BUT, the way we engage is NOT with physical implements of war.  Jn. 17:11, 15-17.

 III.                 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God

a.       Take up the WHOLE armor!  Every piece of equipment we are given has a purpose.  But you will notice our armament is for a SPIRITUAL battle. Consider the following:
Romans 13:12- as armor of light, 2 Corinthians 6:6-7 armor of righteousness; 2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3, 4:7

b.       That you may be able to withstand in the evil day – again, the idea is to resist.  You are so well equipped that no matter what the enemy fires at you, it does not penetrate.  Spiritually, realize that God has given us what we need to repel the fiery darts of the devil (see vs. 16).  But we have to wear the uniform and ALL of it.  Think of temptation – Jas. 1:2-4, Rom. 5:3-5.

c.        And having done all, to stand –we find that when the battle is over, we have survived and we have won!  2 Timothy 4:7-8 -, a crown of righteousness awaits. 

Are we prepared for this war?