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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:14b

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

 EXPOSITION:

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 second piece of the armour of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness that is placed on the chest.   There are three main aspects to this piece of spiritual armour.

The Breastplate of Righteousness:

1. It is called the “breastplate of righteousness” – this breastplate represents “righteousness”, in other words it means “to be just, proper, fitting, pleasing or right in the sight of the Lord”. This applies to the Christian warrior in two different ways:

a. A sinner must be found righteous in God’s sight to enter into His presence throughout eternity. The sinner can only be looked upon as “righteous” in God’s sight, based upon the gracious intervention of God in their lives, as God applies the shed blood of Christ to their account which covers their sins. In doing so, the righteousness of Christ is placed upon the account of sinful man.

This is known as “positional righteousness”; in other words, it is describing OUR POSITION (OR STANDING) BEFORE GOD.  (Roms 3:20-27, Phils 3:7-10)

 

b. Once saved, the Christian is given the responsibility to live their lives in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to God. This can only be accomplished through the gracious enabling of the Lord.

This is known as “experiential righteousness”; in other words, it is describing OUR EXPERIENCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR DAY TO DAY WALK. (Phils 1:9-11, James 3:17-18)

Both types of righteousness are acts God’s intervening grace and is involved in this piece of armour.

 

2. It covers the “chest” – the chest is the container of many vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, etc.) that support the life we have within us. The righteousness of Christ that is placed in our life (Positional righteousness) is the core, basis, foundation of our eternal life and right standing before the Lord (Prov 11:4, Prov 12:28, Roms 8:10)…

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.(Romans 5:17-21)

 

However, the existence of works that are pleasing in God’s sight (experiential righteousness) in our lives is the natural result, and absolute proof, of our possession of Christ’s righteousness and the eternal security that is found in Him (John 15:5, James 2:14-26)

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

[This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.(Titus 3:4-8)

 

3. It is a defensive piece of spiritual armour – When we minister to the Lord, having a righteous standing before Him and assured of its possession through our works of righteousness, we are ministering to Him in a pleasing way and are made insusceptible to Satan’s attacks which bring doubts of our salvation into our mind.

 

APPLICATION:

One of the greatest ways we can strengthen our testimony and service to Christ is through the possession and assurance of His righteousness in our lives. Think of it this way:

1. If we do not possess the righteousness of Christ, all of our service to Him is simply looked upon as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6)

2. If we do not possess works of righteousness in our lives, we cannot be pleasing Him in our ministry, because it is through living Godly lives (possessing a clean vessel) that we can be used of Him. (2 Tim 2:19-21)

3. But also, if we do not possess works of righteousness in our lives, we will be in a state of constant doubting of our salvation and unable to enjoy boldness and confidence in our service to Him. (Hebs 4:16,1 Thess 2:2, Phil 1:14-20)

 

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!

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

Did You Remember Your Girdle Today? If So, You Will Be Sincere In Your Service!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,

 

For the SIH Devotional On This Subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3yH

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:14a

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

EXPOSITION:

 

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)

 

APPLICATION:

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!

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are We Equipped To Stand? Or Are We Set Up For A Fall?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 6:14-17)

“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:”

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3yv

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:14-17

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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)

 

Ephesians 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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Now Paul turns our attention to a description of this armour…

 

(Ephesians 6:14-17)

“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:”

 

Before we begin our study of the individual pieces of the armour of God, let’s look at the suit of armour as a whole…

 

Physical Armour Spiritual Armour Body Part Protected Area Of Life Protected Offensive / Defensive Text
Girdle Truth Loins Strength To Serve Defensive Eph 6:14
Breastplate Righteousness Chest Possession Of Life Defensive Eph 6:14
Shoes Gospel Of Peace Feet Acts of Service Defensive Eph 6:15
Shield Faith Entire Body Comprehensive Walk of Life Defensive Eph 6:16
Helmet Salvation Head Knowledge, Desires & Will Defensive Eph 6:17
Sword Of Spirit Word Of God Offensive Eph 6:17

 

Based on the above chart we can see several general observations concerning the armour of God:

  1. God’s Armour covers all the vital organs of the body… brain, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys etc are all covered by pieces of armour as well as protected through use of the shield. This teaches us that, when we are properly outfitted we will not be defeated in battle.
  2. God’s Armour contains only one offensive piece of armour… the Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word). This helps us to understand that we are to never take Satan’s attacks lightly, nor to let our guard down in any area of our life. The vast majority of the armour is pointed towards fully covering our bodies to hinder his attacks that come upon us.
  3. God’s Armour is made up of the six-part foundation upon which effectiveness in service to the Lord is built… Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the Word of God.
    1. Truth (sincerity, genuiness) – our service must be sincere and genuine with no hidden agendas or motives
    2. Righteousness (a lifestyle aligned with God’s laws and desires) – our service must include living holy lives that stand out from the sin darkened world.
    3. Gospel Of Peace (the message of Christ that brings peace to the recipient) – our service must be centered on the proclamation of Christ and His work through our actions and words.
    4. Faith (trust, total reliance upon Christ and His enabling) – our service must be done with a recognition of the need for Christ’s intervention and workings for the service to bear nay true fruit for His glory
    5. Salvation (deliverance from sin and its results and a receipt of eternal blessings through Christ’s work) – our service to the Lord must be done by those who have genuinely come to repentance and belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. Any service that is performed by a lost man are simply “filthy rags” in the sight of God.
    6. Word Of God (The doctrinal truths, practical principles and historical record found in the Bible) – These are all to be used as the “instruction manual” in our service for Him.   We are to serve Him using the truths found in the Bible (through the leadership of the Spirit within us) to dictate our message, methods, and motives for all areas of our service to Christ.

 

 

In our next devotional, we will begin to look at each piece of armour in detail.

 

APPLICATION:

Are we properly prepared in our service to Christ? If not, may we all take the time to prayerful study this portion of Scripture, come to a better understanding of its principles, and ask the Lord for grace to apply them to our lives.

 

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!

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

The Key To Standing In The Midst Of Spiritual Warfare…. The Armour Of God!

SIH HALTAL ICON(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.

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3yk

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:13

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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)

 

Ephesians 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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

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)

 

 

 

APPLICATION:

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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The Gifts Of The Spirit Were Given Through The Laying On Of Apostle’s Hands…

SIH HALTAL ICONActs 8:17-18 –  Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.   And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given,…

 

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Are We Prepared To Wrestle Against These?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 6:12) 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.

 

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Spiritual Gifts: When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence? (Part 3)

SIH TOA ICON
Spiritual Gifts: When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence? (Part 3)

 

 

Introduction:

“Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

In our previous studies we have seen that there are three basic types of Accrediting Gifts which include several gifts under each type. In the above passage, we find each type of Accrediting Gift is represented by one gift from each type …

 

Type Of Accrediting Gift Gifts Included In This Type Representative Gift Mentioned In1 Cor 13:8
Supernatural Revelation Of The Truth The Word Of Wisdom, The Word of Knowledge Word of Knowledge (or Knowledge)
Supernatural Indicators Of The Truth Faith, Gifts Of Healing, Working Of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning Of Spirits Prophecy (or Prophecies)
Supernatural Proclamation Of The Truth Divers Kinds Of Tongues, Interpretation Of Tongues Diverse Types Of Tongues (or Tongues)

 

Please note the above verse (1 Cor 13:8), which includes one representative gift from each group, makes it plain that each type of Accrediting Gift will come to an end at some point in time. We now will turn our attention to the question at what point in time will these gifts go out of existence?

In this study, we will see that this question is answered by the Word of God using several different lines of teaching which all present the same answer for us. This will be the lines of teaching that we will be studying:
I.        The Coming Of “That Which Is Perfect”
II.        The 70 Year Accreditation Time Span
III.        The Death Of The Apostles
IV.        The Supernatural Beginning / Natural Perpetuation Of God’s Workings
V.        The Prophecies of False Miracles In The “Last Days”

Lesson:


The Death of the Apostles:

Our texts for this lesson are:

1) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

 

14) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15) Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17) Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18) And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19) Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20) But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21) Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23) For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity.
24) Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25) And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. (Acts 8:14-25)

 

44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
(Acts 10:44-48)

 

1) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5) When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6) And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7) And all the men were about twelve. (Acts 19:1-7)

 

To begin this part of our study, I would like us to notice how the spiritual gifts were received based upon the historical accounts found in the Bible:

 

Text Description Manner of Receipt of Gifts
Acts 2:1-4 Jewish Church at Jerusalem (Pentecost) Baptism of Local Church In Holy Spirit By Christ
Acts 8:14-25 Jewish/Gentile Church at Samaria Laying On Of Apostle’s Hands
Acts 10:44-48 Gentile Church In Cornelius House Baptism of Local Church In Holy Spirit By Christ
Acts 19:1-7 Gentile Church at Ephesus Laying On Of Apostle’s Hands

 

Based upon the above breakdown of events, we can see several things:

1. Spiritual gifts were never given to a single individual, but only to local assemblies of believers

2. There were two ways that spiritual gifts were received by a local assembly:
a. Sovereign act of Christ (assembly baptized in Spirit)
b. Act of Christ through human instrument (Apostle’s hands laid upon assembly)

3. Christ baptized His assemblies in the Holy Spirit only twice (once to accredit Jewish assembly, once to accredit Gentile assembly)

4. The Apostles laid their hands on assemblies several times (two are recorded but others implied in Rom 1:10-12, 2 Cor 12:11-12 etc)

 

If the Lord accredited a Jewish assembly once (Jerusalem at Pentecost), and a Gentile assembly once (Cornelius church) why would the apostles continue to grant these gifts via laying on of hands? They did it to “establish” the ministries of the local assemblies (Romans 1:10-12). This involved two different aspects:

 

1. They did it to grant the individual churches the gifts of the Spirit which they could use to effectively fulfill their individual ministries.

 

2. They did it to give the assemblies’ proof of that their ministry was valid in God’s sight. Remember, at this point in time, the NT was not yet completed and there was still great disagreement concerning:
a. the local church as the house of God
b. the inclusion of Gentiles in the worship of Jehovah

By giving these gifts to the individual assemblies it would help to silence any question of their validity. I believe this is why the Apostle Paul so greatly desired to impart these gifts to other assemblies through the laying on of his hands (Romans 1:10-12)

(Please note: with the completion of the New Testament scriptures and the record of these events, churches no longer need these gifts for accreditation. Local churches are now clearly understood to be the place of worship for Christians of both Jewish and Gentile lineage based upon the preserved New Testament record.)

 

 

We have two final Scriptures that we need to examine closely…

 

1. The issue of 2 Corinthians 12:11-12…
Please notice that the ability to grant the spiritual gifts with the laying on of hands was exclusively given to those who help the office of Apostle. In 2 Corinthians 12:11-12, he explains to church at Corinth that he was to be considered among the “chiefest of apostles” because when he was visiting with the Corinth church that “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.”
Now, if we take a minute to think about what Paul was saying, it holds a very important point for all of us.   Based upon the historical accounts that we have listed above (Acts 2:,8:,10:,19:), we can see that the exercise of patience, signs, wonders, and mighty deeds were not limited to the office of Apostle. In several of these events, it is clear to see that the entire assembly of believers shared in the exercise of these gifts. These gifts WERE NOT exclusive to the office of Apostle.
So how could these gifts distinguish Paul unquestioningly as “among the chiefest of apostles”?   I believe it was his ability to give these gifts to the assembly through the laying on of his hands. What he was saying was this…. When you see yourselves exercising patience, signs, wonders and mighty deeds, it is proof an Apostle was among you. The laying on of a genuine Apostle’s hands must have taken place for you to be able to do these great works of God.   No counterfeit Apostle had this ability.

 

 

2. The issue of 2 Timothy 1:6-7
In this text, Paul describes the “the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands”. Here the “gift of God” Paul is describing is Timothy’s call to the ministry; the “putting on of my hands” of which Paul speaks is describing Timothy’s ordination.
Paul is not describing Timothy’s receipt of the spiritual gifts as an individual (remember the spiritual gifts are exclusively given to local assemblies, never to a single individual), but he is referring to Timothy’s calling of God and his ordination (his public separation to the gospel ministry). If we read further Paul makes it plain that, based upon the calling that was upon Timothy, Timothy was to faithfully minister the truths of God to those put under his watchcare (vs 8-12). In the context, nothing is said about the exercise of the accrediting gifts of God.

 

 

Our conclusion…
The Lord has only sovereignly baptized local assemblies in the Holy Spirit twice, once to accredit Jewish assemblies, once to accredit Gentile assemblies. There is no reason for Him to repeat this action. Nor do we find any Biblical accounts of Him repeating this.

 

The only other way that spiritual gifts could be received by local assemblies was through the laying on of hands of Apostolic office holders.  If this is the case, as the Apostolic office holders “died off” no one was left to continue to pass these gifts on to other assemblies. Following the death of the final Apostle the only ones who exercised these gifts would be church members who had received this gift prior to the Apostle’s deaths. Once the church members “died off” the spiritual gifts would cease to exist.
So now we come to the great question…. When did the final Apostle die? Based upon human historical records the Apostle John was probably the last Apostle to die in approximately 100 AD.   So, at the very latest, the deaths of the adult generation living in 100 AD would bring an end to these gifts (probably around 150 AD?). But that is assuming that the Apostles were continually granting these gifts to the assemblies until their death.
If we look closely at the Biblical text we find that the latest mention of spiritual gifts being given or exercised is found in 1 Peter which was written probably in 63 AD. If this is the case and no other gifts were granted after this timeframe, then the probable date of the end of the existence of spiritual gifts would probably be closer to 100-110 AD. So therefore, it is very highly probable the gifts ceased to exist sometime between 100 and 150 AD.

THE 100 – 150 AD TIMEFRAME FITS PERFECTLY WITH OUR PREVIOUS STUDIES ON THIS SUBJECT: “The Coming Of “That Which Is Perfect” AND “The 70 Year Accreditation Time Span”.

Additional Information (Bible Scrioptures Referenced In This Study:

The Death Of The Apostles:

10) Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

11) For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12) That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

(Romans 1:10-12)

 

 

11) I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

12) Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

(2 Corinthians 12:11-12)

 

6) Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

7) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

8) Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

9) Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

11) Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

12) For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

(2 Timothy 1:6-12)

 

 

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:12

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

  

EXPOSITION:

Now Paul turns our attention to the necessity of this armour…

 (Eph 6:12) 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.

 

The necessity of this armour is entirely based upon the nature and power of the enemy of the Lord’s people. In this verse, we will see a detailed description of the enemy that is constantly at work to bring down each one of us.

For we wrestle 

The nature of the warfare in the life of a Christian is described as “wrestling”. From this term, we can learn several things:

1. It is a “personal war” – it is a one on one struggle. We are personally accountable to prepare for this war properly and to ready ourselves for this battle. Although other men may encourage and help us prepare, ultimately we face our enemy in a very personal, singular way, in which on other man can fight the battle for us. Although Christians entirely find their sufficiency in God, they must choose to follow Christ and to resist the temptation comes before them. (Hebrews 12:4)

2. It is a war of strength – This shows us the need to rely upon the Lord’s enabling. In and of ourselves, we do not come close to possessing the spiritual strength to gain the victory. (Romans 8:37, 1 John 4:4)

3. It is a war of endurance – Unlike many other contests that are won or lost in a single action, wrestling involves gaining victory gradually, as the strength of the opponent wanes. Many times the temptations and battles that take place are extended over a period of time. Victory requires a patient, continued trusting in the Lord by faith. (James 1:2-6, Romans 12:12)

4. It is a war that offers rewards to the victor. In Paul’s day wrestling was one of the chief competitions of the Olympic games. Upon gaining the victory they would be rewarded with a crown. So, too, there is a special crown awaiting the Christian for being faithful, and triumphant, in the spiritual war we face. (Romans 2:6-7, James 1:12, Rev 2:10)

 

not against flesh and blood, 

This warfare is not one the physical level, nor is it reliant upon physical strength…

2Co 10:2-6 KJV – 

“But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

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.”

 

but against principalities, 

Our warfare IS on a spiritual level, that pits us against several types of spiritual beings…

1. “principality” – those who hold top rank within a group

 

against powers, 

2. “powers” – those who possesses any authority over others

 

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, 

3. “rulers of the darkness of this world” – those who rule the world and control the sinfulness of this age.

 

against spiritual wickedness in high places.

4. “spiritual wickedness in high places” – depravity and evil that exists above the earth (in outer space and our atmosphere). The phrase “high places” comes from a term that clearly means “above the sky”. This tells us that spiritual wickedness exists in outer space. This Greek word NEVER describes a position of authority as being a “high place”. It always is used to describe a physical location (ie. a place above the physical sky). I can see no other way to understand this phrase.

 

It is necessary for me to make a few points about this description of spiritual wickedness:

a. This limits the extent of the influence of wickedness to all of God’s creation. Although Satan desired to be exalted ABOVE the heavens (Isa 14:12-15), he was foiled, cast out of the third heaven (God’s abode) and them limited in influence to the creation of God (outer space, the atmosphere of earth, earth and beneath the earth.

b. Keep in mind, sin has touched all of God’s creation including outer space, our atmosphere, the earth and under the earth. These will all be purified and then remade into the “New Heavens and New Earth” at Christ’s coming (Isa 65:17-25, Rev 21:-22: etc.) This is why spiritual wickedness is not only described as affecting this earth, but “in high places” as well.

c. Please note: to say that spiritual wickedness exists in “high places” does not, necessarily, describe weird sci-fi events pictured in movies about alien visitations etc. There are modern day Bible teachers who claim that this phrase is proof positive of the existence of demonic aliens that live on other planets that are now visiting the earth.

However, on the contrary, it simply is describing the fact that Satan and his demons can be present in outer space as well as earth. An example of this would be that modern day astronauts can still face temptation and demonic influence and oppression while traveling into space. Although Satan is not present everywhere at one time, our sinful flesh, and other demonic spirits also play a role in this temptation and spiritual warfare against the saints. In this sense, there is nowhere in this creation to which man can flee to escape the presence of spiritual wickedness.

 

These three points are the basic Scriptural understanding of this last title for wickedness given to us by Paul.

(On a personal note. I do not believe in the existence of aliens nor alien visitation on earth. I believe it is very possible for Satan to place these thoughts and remembrances in the minds of the supposed “witnesses” confusing men and turning them from the truths of God to attract them to the false teachings of these beings.)

 

 

APPLICATION:

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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Are We Prepared For The War To Which We Are Called?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:11

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

 EXPOSITION:

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)

 

APPLICATION:

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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Do We Find Strength In The Lord ?

SIH HALTAL ICONEph 6:10 KJV
(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:10

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. 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)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Now Paul turns our attention to the need to prepare for Satan’s onslaughts by trusting in the enabling grace of Christ…

Eph 6:10 KJV 

(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

Finally, my brethren,

Paul begins the last instructional section of his letter to the Ephesian believers. Notice that he emphasizes the fact he is writing to members of the family of God…. his brethren.   This helps us to understand that ONLY those who have been adopted into the family of God, having been saved by grace through faith, can find strength and enablement in the armour that God.

 

be strong in the Lord,

Paul now begins to explain to God’s family the need to receive strength which originates in Almighty God.

What does Paul mean to be “strong”? The word translated “strong” is the Greek word “dunamis”; it is from this word that we get the English word “dynamite”.   Dynamite can do what a pick and an axe cannot. Dynamite can do what human strength cannot. In other words… The basic meaning of this word is simply “the ability to perform any given task”.

This same word is found in Philippians 4:13 and is translated “strengtheneth”… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Please notice the strengthening we receive from Christ will allow the believer to “do all things”. In other words, the believer is given the ability to perform any task GIVEN TO THEM BY THE LORD.

This is the type of strength EVERY believer can possess through the gracious intervention of Christ into their lives. This is the type of strength that is the subject of this section of our study.

 

 

and in the power of his might.

This strengthening, which is found in the Lord, is found through “the power of His might”.

This helps us to understand HOW the Lord grants us this strengthening. It is through the gracious exercise of “the power of His might”. Here, the idea of “power” involves His dominance and control, while “might” involves the ability that He possesses.

To put this altogether, Paul is telling us that, as members of the Lord’s family, we are in desperate need of the Lord’s gracious enabling intervention in our lives.

When the Lord intervenes in our lives…
1. through His sheer force,
2. He can take control of our lives,
3. and enable us to be victorious in any task that He may lead us to perform.

 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

 

WHAT AN AWESOME THOUGHT. Through our Lord’s dominating strength and intervention, He can give us the ability to do “all things” to which He has called us!  This leaves all praise for man out of things. It gives all the glory to the Lord for any spiritual victory we may experience in life. To God be the glory… for truly… great things He hath done!

 

Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy power.(Psalms 21:7-13)

The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.   The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.   Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.(Psalms 28:7-9)

 

APPLICATION:

Let’s all take a moment to thank the Lord for His gracious, enabling intervention in our lives and the spiritual victories we have enjoyed through it. Also, may we continue to place our faith in His enabling grace as we face the many upcoming challenges that will present themselves as we continue to serve Him!

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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How Do We Treat Those Under Our Authority?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 6:9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:9

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“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 Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Now Paul turns our attention to the responsibilities that authority holders are given in respect to those under their authority…

(Eph 6:9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

 

And, ye masters,

Paul uses the word “kurios” to describe those who are masters…
1. This word’s most basic meaning is “controller”.
2. By implication, it can speak of many differing positions of authority and rulership.
3. It is commonly translated by the word “Lord” and applied to Jesus in many New Testament verses.

Paul is speaking to anyone who exercises “control” or “authority” over others. In today’s time, it would apply to authority holders in the government or the workplace as well as any other areas where authority is possessed.

 

do the same things unto them,

What is the “same things”? This refers back to the responsibilities held by those under a higher authority. This principle reminds us of a very basic truth found in the Word…

Luke 6:31 KJV – “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” 

 

Let’s note some of the servant’s responsibilities that would apply to authority holders as well…
1. Fear Of the Results Of Disobedience (vs 5)
2. Singleness of Desire to Meet Needs of Their Servants (vs 5)
3. Recognizing That Keeping Responsibilities Are A Type of Service for Christ (vs 5).
4. Do Not Exercise Authority “For Show” (vs 5)
5. Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ (vs 6)
6. Accompanied By Love and Kindness For The Servant. (vs 7)
7. Exercise Auhtority As If They Were Serving Christ. (vs 7)
8. Recognizing Their Exercise Of Authority Has Eternal Consequences. (vs 8)

 

The only responsibility possessed by those under a higher authority that does not apply to the authority holders would be “Be Obedient”.

However, we saw this term meant to listen attentively to instructions and then seek to fulfill those instructions.   Of course, this would not literally apply to an authority holder, however, in principle this would apply. Authority holders are to observe and listen carefully to the needs of those under their authority and work to fulfill those needs when possible. Those under a higher authority are to be accepted as if they were a member of the authority holder’s family and should be cared for as such. In that sense, the authority holder should actually be working for the good of those who are under their authority.

 

This is exactly how Paul asked Philemon to treat his servant Onesimus….

Philemon 1:12, 15-18 KJV – “Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

 

 forbearing threatening: 

Authority holders are to “resist” or “walk away from” making these threats to those under their authority. Remember, if those under a higher authority is properly serving the authority holder there is absolutely no reason to threaten those under their authority.

Although it is very easy to allow authority to “go to our heads” it should never be allowed to do so. The use of threats (to force those under a higher authority to do whatever they are commanded) many times is looked upon by a lost world as a mark of the power and strength. A Godly authority holder will resist this type of manipulation.

Colossians 4:1 KJV – “Masters, give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

 

knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

One of the great motivations for authority holders to treat those under their authority properly is a knowledge that they must answer to their Lord for their actions. Every authority holder is given their authority through the Lord who is in control of all things. This granting of authority then translates into the need to use that authority responsibly, in a God fearing way. This is much like a steward who is held accountable by the landowner to control his property wisely.

Romans 13:1 KJV – “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”  

 

APPLICATION:

As authority holders, let us always be thankful to the Lord for the authority He has graciously given to us.   May we all seek to exercise that authority in a Godly way bringing honor and glory to our Lord.

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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May We Serve Others With A Heart Pointed Toward The Lord!

SIH TOTT ICON(Ephesians 6:6-8) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:6-8

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“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 Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

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.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

EXPOSITION:

(Ephesians 6:6-8) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Paul continues to describe the service that should be given to “masters according to the flesh” (human authority holders, and by implication, service to Christ) in verse 5.

 

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;

Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”

“Eyeservice” describes “laboring for the eyes”. Being a “manpleaser” is being a person who “seeks personal gain by being agreeable with others”

In other words, it is serving out of a heart of pride, only serving so that it will be seen and praised by those around us.   It is not an act of self-sacrifice, but one of selfishness. It is not an act of submission, but an act of manipulation and control.

 

but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 

Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ

For the Christian, obedience to a higher human authority is, first and foremost, an act of obedience to Christ. The Christian is to serve others motivated by a desire to please Christ and glorify Him.

 

With good will doing service, 

Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.

“Goodwill” describes a mind that is full of kindness. It is serving wanting to meet the needs of the master out of love and mercy, not obligation and debt. (Although the service may be performed to pay off a debt, it is done wanting to help not simply as an obligation). It is saying “I WANT to meet your needs”, not “I MUST meet your needs”

 

as to the Lord, and not to men:

Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.

When a Christian serves their master, it is to be as if they are personally serving Christ. That means giving 100% effort to solely please their master.   It is giving their absolute best, every time they are called upon to serve.

 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

When Christians serve their master, in a God pleasing way, they can count on the Lord rewarding them for their faithfulness. The opportunities given to serve are in actuality, opportunities to please the Lord and glorify Him through acts of kindness and submission to human authorities.

 

APPLICATION:

So far in our study we have seen that:

Principle of Godly Service #1 – Be Obedient
Principle of Godly Service #2 – Fear Of the Results Of Disobedience
Principle of Godly Service #3 – Singleness of Desire to Please and Meet Needs of Others
Principle of Godly Service #4 – Recognizing Serving the Master a Type of Service for Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”
Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ
Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.
Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

are all aspects of Godly servanthood.

 

Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

(Colossians 3:22-24)

 

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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God Can Work Accrediting Miracles Through His Servants, But Does He?

SIH HALTAL ICONGod also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Heb 2:4)

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