SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:17b
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.
In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.
- The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
- The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
- The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
- The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
- The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
- The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
- The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
- The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)
The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…
One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …
1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II. The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III. The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV. The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)
Previously, we have seen 5 pieces of God’s armour: the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes Of The Gospel Of Peace, Shield Of Faith, and the Helmet Of Salvation . Now, Paul looks at the final piece of armour… the Sword of The Spirit…
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The Sword Of The Spirit:
1. It is called the “Sword Of The Spirit, which is the Word of God” – Here we find that our piece of armour given to us is clearly defined for us as “the Word of God”.
The symbolism used to picture the Word is that of a sword:
a. It is symbolized by a sword… due to its effectiveness against our spiritual foes. A sword is a very sharp piece of equipment that can be very effective when used properly.
The Word throughout the Scriptures is pictured as powerful tool used to perform great deeds, a few of those include:
the creation of the world (Psa 33:6, Heb 11:3)
the salvation of lost individuals (Romans 10:13-17)
the perfect basis of judgment (Hebrews 4:12)
always accomplishes its chosen purpose (Isaiah 55:11)
and most importantly for our study…
the perfect equipment for living a spiritual life (2 Timothy 3:16)
the defeat of Satan during times of temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)
the final defeat of the powers of darkness (Revelation 19:15-21)
b. It is described as being “of the Spirit”… to emphasize that the Holy Spirit reveals the Word and produces its effectiveness and power:
the Spirit reveals God’s Word to us (John 14:16-17, John 16:13, 1 John 2:27)
the Spirit empowers the ministry of the Word (Acts 1:8, Col 3:16, Eph 3:20)
2. The sword is used to protect our entire being – Any temptation we face uses one of three areas of our fallen nature… the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). The Bible emphasizes these three areas on temptation in the historical accounts of the two most important temptations we find in God’s Word:
a. the temptation of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, which produced the fall of all mankind (Genesis 3:1-7);
b. the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, that resulted in the public declaration of the sinlessness of Christ (Luke 4:1-13).
|Fleshly Nature||1 John 2:16||“Lust Of The Flesh”||“Lust Of The Eyes”||“Pride of Life”|
|Temptation Adam & Eve In Eden||Genesis 3:1-7||Saw Tree Good For Food||Pleasant To The Eyes||Tree Desired To Make Men Wise|
|Temptation Christ In Wilderness||Luke 4:1-13||To Make Stones To Bread||To Gain Kingdoms Of World and Their Glory||Cast Thyself Down / Angels to Protect Him|
It is very important for us to notice the example Christ set for us in the temptation that He faced (Luke 4:1-13). In that temptation, he used His Word to combat Satan’s temptations in all three of these areas…
…And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
…And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
…And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:And in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
In this text, the Lord clearly showed to us that His Word is able to attack Satan in the midst of any type of temptation, bringing the temptation to a halt and working his eventual departure. Hence, the Sword of the Spirit is represented to us as the key to effectively attacking Satan and gaining the spiritual victory in every area of our life.
3. It is the ONLY offensive weapon that is spoken of in our Ephesians text. All the other pieces of armour we have studied were defensive in nature, able to protect us against the attacks of the powers of darkness only. However, it is through the Sword of the Spirit, that we are able to not only defend against Satanic temptations, but to actually drive Satan away, which is shown in the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.
Keep in mind, in the origin temptation (Adam and Eve in the wilderness), Satan is shown perverting the Word of God that had been received by Adam and Eve. In doing so, Satan was attempting to mislead and “beguile” (totally confuse) Eve (2 Cor 11:3), while taking away her only means of driving him away.
May we always highly value the Word of God and make it the central part of our day to day walk with Christ (Provs 4:20-22). May we thank and praise Him for His Word and the many benefits that it brings into our lives (Psalms 119:11-16).
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
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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