“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)
Previously, we have seen 4 pieces of God’s armour: the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes Of The Gospel Of Peace, Shield Of Faith . Now, Paul continues to give us a description of this armour. In this devotional we will be looking at …
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The Helmet of Salvation:
1. It is called the “Helmet Of Salvation” – What is “salvation”? Salvation, in its most basic definition, means “deliverance” or “defense”. Not only does “salvation” refer to our initial experience of deliverance from the penalty of sin (justification) and power of sin (progressive sanctification), but also it can refer to our FUTURE deliverance from the presence of sin (glorification).
Which phase, or aspect, of our salvation does this text speak? To help us come to a clear understanding of this text, we need to look at another reference to this “helmet” spoken of by Paul …
“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 5:8-10)
When Paul speaks of “the hope of salvation” he is clearly speaking of the final stage of our salvation experience which is the future glorification of our bodies and the complete deliverance from God’s eternal wrath and deliverance from a sinful fallen world. This is the salvation, yet to be received, that the Christian hopes for in this life (1 Pet 1:3-5, 1 Pet 1:13, 1 John 3:1-3).
This is the “salvation”, I believe, Paul is speaking of in our Ephesians text.
2. This helmet protects our head – the head is a symbolic representation of the thought processes that we possess. It is our head (brain) that is the container of our knowledge, desires and will. Our knowledge of our coming glorification, along with our strong desires and appreciation for it, will motivate us to make the proper choices as we fight the spiritual battle place before us. It is the motivating force behind us as we “keep on keeping on” in the midst of very difficult trying times that we may face.
It was the source of strength and endurance for those declared to be the most faithful of God’s servants we find in the Bible….
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
3. It is a defensive piece of armour, and as such is an effective tool in thwarting the attacks of Satan. When we control our thought life (dwelling upon the many wonderful promises of God) and make choices based upon this great hope, we will find ourselves rejecting this sinful world’s offerings and temptations placed before us. We will confidently choose to remain faithful to Christ, knowing we will obtain far greater eternal riches in eternity.
“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:18-21)
May we always hold the future promises of eternal blessings in the center of our minds. In doing so, may we allow them to motivate us to always choose the Lord’s will over the temporary riches of this world .
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:16-18)
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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