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Bobby Stafford The Armor of God Pt. 1  (Ephesians 6:10-20)        Ephesians September 7, 2014 Sunday AM Sermon
Bobby Stafford The Armor of God Pt. 2  (Ephesians 6:10-20)        Ephesians September 14, 2014 Sunday AM Sermon

The Armor of God

Part One

Introduction: 

Paul was a prisoner in Rome when he wrote this letter to the church at Ephesus.  He spent much of his time in the presence of Roman guards. He used the image of Roman soldier’s armor to describe the Christians’ armament. 

Text:  Ephesians 6:10-20 

Body:

I. The Christian’s Battle (Verses 10-13Verse 10

A Christian must be strong to “fight the good fight of faith.”  This spiritual strength is found in the Lord.  This is the theme in Ephesians.  We can’t be strong outside of Christ.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13)  Greek:  “in Christ” (Psalm 18:39a) “For You have armed me with strength for the battle;”

A Christian must decide to be strong, though.  God doesn’t force him to be.  We have a personal responsibility to grow in spiritual strength.  (II Peter 1:3-11)  Christian graces are found here.  We are to feed on the Word.  (Hebrews 5:12-14Verse 11  Paul instructs Christians to put on the whole armor of God.  Whole armor comes from the Greek word from which we get panoply.  We must dress ourselves.  The purpose is to withstand the wiles of Satan.  He is cunning and sly.  Recall II Corinthians 2:11. He lays snares in which to trap us. He wants to take us with him to hell.  He’s our greatest adversary. Verse 12  This warfare, this battle, is not a physical one with physical weapons, but rather spiritual.  (II Corinthians 10:3-5)  The enemies are spiritual in nature.  Satan is behind them all.  The list includes evil rulers throughout the world, wicked people who have great influence, ungodly causes and philosophies such as atheism, secular humanism, modernism, denominationalism, and religious error of any kind. Verse 13  This verse repeats the necessity of putting on the whole armor of God.  We must sincerely want to do this.  The entire armament is to be taken.  Wearing only part of the armor will leave us unprotected and vulnerable.  The whole armor is needed to withstand in the “evil day.”  The evil day is any occasion due to trial, temptation, or trouble, where we are in danger.  The image described is one of a soldier having withstood assaults of the enemy and at the end of the battled, he is still standing.  We need the courage and conviction of David when he faced the giant Goliath.  (I Samuel 17:26)  We must always remember the words of I John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  NKJV

 

II. The Christian’s Armor (Verses 14-17Verse 14  If the Christian is going to stand, he must be arrayed in the armor of God.  Roman soldiers in the 1st Century wore a girdle or belt which held his armor in place as well as securing the sheath for his sword.  The spiritual soldier has a belt of truth around him to hold in place all the other pieces of his armor.  Without the truth [Word of God – John 17:17], the armor could do no good. “The entirety of Your word is truth.”  (Psalm 119:160a)  It guides us and protects us.  Without it, we could not be saved and could not live in heaven with the Father.  “Breastplate of righteousness” The breastplate protected the vital organs [of chest and abdomen].  The Christian’s breastplate is righteousness, the doing of God’s will [that which is right]. “All Your commandments are righteousness.”  (Psalm 119:172) Notice how the Lord is described in Isaiah 59:17.  We are not to wear the breastplate of our own devising, though.  (Romans 10:1-3)  This breastplate helps protect our vital spiritual organs.  It makes it harder for unjust criticism to would us; for malice from others to hurt us; for betrayal from friends to pierce our heart.  Doing the will of the Father keeps us going forward and keeps us standing.  Verse 15  The Roman soldier wore a sandal-like boot which helped him walk on all kinds of ground and helped him maintain a good foothold.  A spiritual soldier is not ready for battle [prepared] without the gospel.  It gives him a strong foothold in his battles.  It prepares him to meet the enemy and survive the trials of life.  It is called the “gospel of peace” because when received, it brings peace between God and man.  (Romans 10:15)

Invitation:

That peace can be yours this very day.  The gospel is for all.  Believe it and obey it today. 

Bobby Stafford 

September 7, 2014

 

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