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"Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." Athletes must prepare for the battle ahead by training their bodies, their minds, and their hearts.
Publish Date: Mar 11, 2021
"Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." God wants us to prepare for battle against the forces of evil through salvation, prayer, studying the Bible, and being virtuous. Athletes must prepare for the battle ahead by training their bodies, their minds, and their hearts.
First of all, we are only strong in God's strength. That's how Paul begins this passage. Be strong in the strength of the Lord. We can't do this kind of thing with the tools that we have at our disposal with our intelligence, with our money, with our education, with our networking, with our cleverness, we can't do this. So we have to learn how to be strong in the Lord. First and foremost, we need to keep before our minds the truth that our only true enemy is the unseen enemy. So Paul says we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, this flesh and blood, or the flesh and blood around us or the flesh and blood and human institutions that frustrate us and we believe are demonically motivated. That is not our primary enemy. Our primary enemy are the spiritual forces. As Paul puts it, we wrestle against the spiritual forces in high places and authorities and rulers and powers who were at work against the will of God. And these are the forces that are at work trying to destroy human lives. So we have to remember, that's who our enemy is. We remember this morning that this is for all of us. This is not just for those who have a special gifting in some sort of unique way, although I believe that exists. But this belongs to absolutely all of us, not just a few. Every Christian is a warrior, and then Paul doesn't want any of us to be lost, he says. We want all of you to stand firm, to know how to stand against the schemes of the enemy is stand within the evil day and having done everything, we remain standing by the power of God and guys. Let me add this one last night. It's a daily thing. It's a daily thing, especially when we understand what the armor of God is. This is something we do daily or should be doing daily. So Paul gives us this roadmap for how to prepare, and it's the armor of God in this passage of Scripture. So let's make sure we see this thought as we begin putting on the armor of God. Guys is about saturating ourselves in the character and the power of Christ. Everything that's listed here is about the character of Christ, the power of Christ dynamic relationship and intimacy with Christ. That's what this is about putting on the character of price so that we can stand against the enemy. Sometimes we get a little hung up on the armor apart, the belt and the breastplates and the helmet and the sword and what all they mean and what all of they do. And it does remind us of Rome, the Roman soldier in their day, and we'll talk about that a little bit. But what Paul probably has in mind primarily are these Old Testament images that we're going to talk about, where God himself dresses himself in armor and goes to battle. And now God gives us his armor for battle. So the armor is a useful image for us. But the point of this passage is what we pick up. Does that make sense? So we're interested in what Paul tells us we need to pick up. So today we put on truth and righteousness. So let's read in Ephesians, Chapter six when I read versus 13 and 14 this morning, the passage goes like this. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand firm stand. Therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, that's right. Two verses. So we're going to do this morning. It is absolutely true that the image of the Roman soldier would have been easily recognizable for every original reader of this letter, those who are in Ephesus, this is a city that's occupied by the Roman Empire, those who have been Jews like Paul or who had come from Jerusalem or Judea that is also occupied by Roman soldiers in the Roman Empire. So that would have been an easy image for them to understand. So as Paul goes through the armor, they would have understand that they would have understood what all of those pieces looked like and they would have understood. That Paul is doing is giving this image of putting on the armor of God, and this is what it looked like. They did the policing. They were the occupiers of the day, and every one of these things that Paul lists in this passage is going to correspond with a part of the Roman the Roman uniform. But Paul is probably drawing from a deeper well than just the Roman soldiers who marched through the streets on their patrols. He's actually grabbing some images from the Old Testament. And then it's not just here in Ephesians that Paul uses that imagery to talk about our battle in Christ. There are several other patches in the New Testament where talks about putting on the armor of God. But this is the most robots. This is the clearest place.