“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)
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 withstand 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 preparation 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 supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.
In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.
- The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
- The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
- The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
- The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
- The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
- The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
- The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
- The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)
The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…
One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …
1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II. The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III. The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV. The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)
Now Paul turns our attention to the need to prepare for Satan’s onslaughts by trusting in the enabling grace of Christ…
Eph 6:10 KJV
(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Finally, my brethren,
Paul begins the last instructional section of his letter to the Ephesian believers. Notice that he emphasizes the fact he is writing to members of the family of God…. his brethren. This helps us to understand that ONLY those who have been adopted into the family of God, having been saved by grace through faith, can find strength and enablement in the armour that God.
be strong in the Lord,
Paul now begins to explain to God’s family the need to receive strength which originates in Almighty God.
What does Paul mean to be “strong”? The word translated “strong” is the Greek word “dunamis”; it is from this word that we get the English word “dynamite”. Dynamite can do what a pick and an axe cannot. Dynamite can do what human strength cannot. In other words… The basic meaning of this word is simply “the ability to perform any given task”.
This same word is found in Philippians 4:13 and is translated “strengtheneth”… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Please notice the strengthening we receive from Christ will allow the believer to “do all things”. In other words, the believer is given the ability to perform any task GIVEN TO THEM BY THE LORD.
This is the type of strength EVERY believer can possess through the gracious intervention of Christ into their lives. This is the type of strength that is the subject of this section of our study.
and in the power of his might.
This strengthening, which is found in the Lord, is found through “the power of His might”.
This helps us to understand HOW the Lord grants us this strengthening. It is through the gracious exercise of “the power of His might”. Here, the idea of “power” involves His dominance and control, while “might” involves the ability that He possesses.
To put this altogether, Paul is telling us that, as members of the Lord’s family, we are in desperate need of the Lord’s gracious enabling intervention in our lives.
When the Lord intervenes in our lives…
1. through His sheer force,
2. He can take control of our lives,
3. and enable us to be victorious in any task that He may lead us to perform.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
WHAT AN AWESOME THOUGHT. Through our Lord’s dominating strength and intervention, He can give us the ability to do “all things” to which He has called us! This leaves all praise for man out of things. It gives all the glory to the Lord for any spiritual victory we may experience in life. To God be the glory… for truly… great things He hath done!
“Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy power.” (Psalms 21:7-13)
“The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.” (Psalms 28:7-9)
Let’s all take a moment to thank the Lord for His gracious, enabling intervention in our lives and the spiritual victories we have enjoyed through it. Also, may we continue to place our faith in His enabling grace as we face the many upcoming challenges that will present themselves as we continue to serve Him!
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!
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