“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 necessity of this armour…
(Eph 6:13) 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.
To summarize the Christian’s need for the armour of God, Paul emphasizes the importance of remaining faithful to the Lord in the midst of the attacks of the powers of darkness.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
“Wherefore” refers back to Paul’s previous teachings on:
1. the type of warfare – personal warfare that is totally reliant on Christ’s enabling for victory
2. and enemies in that war – the powers of darkness that are active in every realm of the creation of God
In other words, based upon the Christians’ warfare, and the enemies of darkness that they face, they MUST be prepared with every aspect of God’s armour, or face certain defeat…
2Co 10:3-6 KJV – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
The armour of God allows Christians to stand firmly against the day that is filled with harmful influences and activities that are set against us by the powers of darkness. It truly is harmful to us, seeking to destroy our testimony and ruin our service for the Lord. Without the Lord’s enabling armour, we are facing spiritual “shipwreck”, our works for Him being brought down to rubble…
1Ti 1:18-19 KJV – This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
Also, please note that this verse uses the phrase “may be able to”, this helps us to understand that, without the armour of God upon us, standing against the warfare of darkness is absolutely impossible. It is only through His armour that we will receive the ability to stand against them.
and having done all, to stand.
The whole armour of God is all that is required to prepare for spiritual warfare. When EVERY piece of armour is in place in our lives, we have done all that is possible to prepare for the workings of Satan against us.
Once we have brought all our preparations to a full completion, we are then to stand boldly in faith. We can do this by knowing that we have properly prepared for this war, and the enabling and sustaining grace of the Lord will be with us and bring us to a certain victory.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37)
“But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)
May we thank the Lord for His gracious supplying of the armour that will give us victory as we battle in His name.
How wonderful it is to know that although we face:
1. “principalities” (those who hold top rank among the wicked powers);
2. “powers” (those who possesses varying levels of authority over wicked powers);
3. “rulers of the darkness of this world” (those who rule the world and control the sinfulness of this age);
4. and “spiritual wickedness in high places” (depravity and evil that exists on earth, in outer space and in our atmosphere).
When we take time to consider the overpowering force that oppose our service to Christ, we can come to a better understanding of the absolute necessity of His armour. We can praise the name of the Lord, for He has given us the victory over all of these through His gracious intervention in our lives. It is through this intervention that He empowers us and protects us through the use of His wonderful spiritual armour.
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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