“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 the spiritual warfare that we face as Christians…
(Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Put on the whole armour of God,
The description of this armour:
The Christian is to clothe themselves in the “complete, full” armour of God. Why is the armour that God supplies to us described as “whole, full, or complete”?:
1. The armour of God gives us complete, “full” protection to every part of the Christian’s being. When every piece is worn properly, there will be no vulnerable areas for Satan to wound us. It is the whole armour of God because it is complete and affords us complete protection from Satan. It is lacking nothing.
2. Based upon the complete protection that we can have, the phrase “the whole armour” also emphasizes to us the need to be certain we are wearing each and every piece of armour. We are to put on the “whole” armour of God, not pick and choose the pieces we will wear.
It is the armour “of God” because it is graciously developed, supplied, and strengthened by God as the perfect offensive and defensive weapons for the warfare we are facing.
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (Romans 13:12)
“But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and [yet] true;As unknown, and [yet] well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.” (2 Corinthians 6:4-10)
“Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6-10)
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The purpose of this armour:
We are to wear this armour so that we might abide, or continually remain standing, against the Satanic opposition we will face. Through the proper use of this armour, the Christian will not be trodden down and defeated in this battle.
Satan’s workings against us are described as “wiles”. What does this term mean? This term is translated from two different Greek words that are fused together:
1. meta – to be with, to associate or to accompany
2. hodeuo – to travel or to go on a journey
Basically, this word means to travel with someone, to accompany on a journey. The only other time it is used in the NT is found in Ephesians 4:14 and is translated “to lie in wait” (ie to stealthly observe and follow someone as they travel, waiting to attack them).
When Paul describes Satan’s workings as his “wiles”, Paul is helping us to understand that:
1. Satan, demons and others dwelling in darkness, will be accompanying us throughout our life’s journey. We should never assume that there will be periods where Satan is not present and we will be able to “put our guard down” and remove this armour. The powers of darkness may refrain from showing themselves to us, but we can be assured they are there.
2. Their purpose of accompanying us is to overtake us and defeat us. It is much like robbers who would attack unprepared travelers, overtaking them and leaving them for dead.
“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.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
In our next devotions we will look at:
3. The necessity of this armour (vs 12)
4. The victory found in this armour (vs 13)
Paul was very careful to emphasize and clearly explain to us the need for this precious armour of God. May we all take heed from our text this morning and seek to always be properly equipped!
In this text we have seen the clear need for Christians to secure the entire armour of God to defend against Satanic attack. We have seen two different truths about this armour:
1. The description of this armour: The Complete and Full Armour of God
2. The purpose of this armour: We May Stand Against The Onslaught of Satan
May we thank the Lord for His gracious supplying of the armour that will give us victory as we battle in His name.
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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