“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)
Just as, our prayer and ministry to others is a very important aspect of our Christian service, so too others ministering on our behalf is of great importance.
(Ephesians 6:19-20) 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.
Paul now requests prayer on his behalf for the enhancement of his ministry…
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly,
Paul now requests for prayer for:
1. utterance – the proper words to be given to him
a. the proper words are used to clearly express the truths of God’s Word
b. the proper words are used to present the Word in a kind, loving way
2. boldness – an attitude of confidence and courage
a. the message of truth being presented with a confident attitude, knowing it is the truth from God’s Word and that it will accomplish that which the Lord pleases.
b. the message of truth being presented with a courageous attitude, willing to share it with those who oppose the Word and publically teach error.
to make known the mystery of the gospel,
The “bottom line” to Paul’s request is that the gospel be proclaimed to those who are around us at every opportunity that is opened to us. It is only through receipt of the utterance and boldness that this can take place.
Why does Paul describe the message of the gospel as a mystery? The word translated “mystery” does not mean “that which is unknown”. In actuality it means “that which is unknown to the uninitiated”. In other words, the gospel is a mystery to those to whom it has not been revealed.
Paul, by using this term, is saying that his desire was to share the gospel with the lost, especially to the lost who have never heard the gospel message. This is Paul’s ministry in a nut-shell. He took the gospel of Christ to a Gentile world that, in many cases, had never heard the gospel message before.
For which I am an ambassador in bonds:
It was this same ministry of this gospel message that had resulted in the imprisonment of Paul. Paul was willing to be in prison for the sake of the gospel being proclaimed.
Another description of Paul’s ministry is found in the title “ambassador”. In other words, Paul is describing himself as “a senior representative” for Christ and the gospel message.
that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul here, simply relates to us that due to the importance of his ministry (taking the gospel to those who had not received it) and his calling of God (a senior representative for the gospel), he greatly desired boldness to enable him to speak the truths of God as he should (in an understandable, loving way).
May we all be greatly concerned about our personal ministry for Christ as was the Apostle Paul. May we all see the need to be graced of God with the proper words and attitudes to be Godly representatives of His gospel. And finally, may we be encouraged to share the gospel message in every opportunity that is opened to us. Understanding that the gospel, His enabling, and the opportunities that are opened to us are all divine acts of grace and love that He has bestowed upon us.
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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