“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 a description of this armour…
(Eph 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
In this devotion, we will be looking at the first piece of the armour of God, the girdle of truth that is placed about the loins. There are three main aspects to this piece of spiritual armour.
The Girdle of Truth:
1. It is called the “girdle of truth” – this girdle represents sincerity and genuineness in our service to Christ.
Jesus was said to “teach the way of God in truth” (Mark 12:14), setting the example for all His followers to proclaim the Word in a genuine, sincere way. (We can also see the word “truth” used in this way in Acts 10:34, Acts 26:25, 1 Corinthians 5:8 etc.)
Please note: “Truth” can be used to describe the Word of God (2 Corinthians 6:7, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:15, James 1:18). However, the Word as a piece of the armour of God is clearly symbolized as a sword in vs 17, therefore it is best to understand the symbolism of “truth” in this section of Scripture as a different spiritual attribute.
2. It covers the “loins” – the loins represent the seat of strength and stability in a man.
“To gird up your loins” spoke of hardening (strengthening) oneself in preparation for service or warfare (1 Kings 18:46, 2 Kings 4:29, Job 38:3,1 Peter 1:13 etc) When our service is motivated by genuine sacrificial love (for Christ and others) it leaves a powerful testimony of the love and care of Christ for His sheep (Ephesians 5:2, John 15:12-13).
3. It is a defensive piece of spiritual armour – When we serve others from the heart (as an act of genuine love for Christ and love/concern for the spiritual welfare of others, it is not a direct attack against Satan, but we are protecting ourselves against one of His most used methods of attack… hypocrisy in service. Another way to look at it is simply “going through the motions” of worship and service without Godly motivations.
Keep in mind that the Lord, himself, strongly opposed hypocrisy in the worship and service of God (Mark 7:5-9, Matthew 23:13-29)
One of the greatest ways we can strengthen our testimony and service to Christ is through displays of sincerity and genuineness.
Think about it. How powerful it is to live a life that backs up our verbal testimony of Christ! Instead of “going through the motions”, we live lives dedicated to His service and spiritual living being motivated from hearts of love.
Sincerity of service can easily be seen in the consistent walk of life with Christ, where our actions are in alignment with our words. On the other hand, when our speech and acts contradict one another what a sad testimony we placed before a lost and dying world.
Do we sincerely serve Christ out of a heart of love and concern for others? If so, our lives will match our speech, our actions will support the message that we proclaim. Do we have a consistent testimony of sincerity and genuiness?
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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