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Weekly Sermon - 20 Aug 17                                 

The whole amour of God
(Ephesians 6:10-18)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(67 minutes)
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Introduction

Ephesians 6:10-11 "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."

Paul could claim knowledge of the Roman soldier's armour, being chained to one for some three years.

1. The Command Asserted

Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (v.13)

"Whole armour" - all, every piece, the complete set, from head to toes!

Once and for all - no putting off till our warfare is over, and our course finished .

Put on means for us to physically and mentally pick it up (on purpose). 

2. The Reason Attached

Ephesians 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."

He is a subtle enemy who uses wiles and stratagems;

He is a powerful enemy - They are numerous.

They are spiritual, invisible enemies.

3. The Resources Available

Ephesians 6:14 "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth..."

The Roman soldier first put around his waist a very wide leather belt which was the holder for a lot of equipment.

This central piece holds all the rest of the armoury securely in place.

Ephesians 6:14 "...and having on the breastplate of righteousness;"

When you walk in the righteousness of God, it is a weapon of defense against all those slanderous accusations, and outrageous strategies of the devil.

There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare.

Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

1 John 5:4-5 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

The greatest battlefield is in our minds (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:8).

Our only weapon against the enemy. Our swords are to be prepared at all times.

Every Word is like a sword-blow to Satan's head!

Ephesians 6:18  "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

Our spiritual warfare cannot be without prayer, our reliance upon and communion with God;

Our fight is not with the arm of flesh but the power of God.

4. The Victory Assured

Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Ephesians 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."

Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

Conclusion

1. Our Lord Jesus has totally defeated Satan on our behalf and it is our responsibility to demonstrate that victory which He has already won.

2. We must make proper use of the spiritual weapons that God has provided for us (Romans 13:14).

3.  Prayer is our reliance and dependence upon God. "Be strong in the LORD"!

Verses to Remember

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 

"(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;"

 

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