VERSE OF THE DAY
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. Eph 6:10-11
What Does Ephesians 6:10 Mean? ►
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
In the opening chapters of the epistle to the Ephesians, Paul gives a wonderful overview of our position in Christ and the riches of God’s grace that have been poured out on all who are in Christ Jesus. But as we approach the end of the epistle, he does not want us to forget that despite our heavenly privileges we are living on earth.. and engaged in an ongoing spiritual battle.
As soldiers of Christ we are to arise and be strong in the Lord, and not to rely on ourself. And as members of the family of God, we are to stand firm in the power of HIS might – and not take courage in our own strength.
The Christian has enormous heavenly blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus, but every true believer soon realizes that we are living in a world in which we are engaged in war – not a conflict fought with fleshly weapons, sophisticated technology, cleverly devised battle strategies or procedures of war, but a conflict that is fought in the spiritual realm, and which requires a heavenly power from above – strength that is outside our human capacities – power that only comes from the Lord.
In our own strength we are no match for the evil plots and cruel strategies of the enemy, that old serpent which is called the devil and Satan – but we can be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.
It is only when we are conscious of our weakness, inabilities and ineffectiveness that we look to the Lord for the strength we need – for God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty. For only when we recognise our weakness and die to self.. will we be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.
EPHESIANS 6:10-11 – THE WHOLE ARMOR: WARRIORS OF THE FAITH
Leading up to the launch of my book in March of this year, I want to begin sharing some of the wonderful writings I have come across that speak to the “Full Armor of God.” For today and the following four days I will be sharing a five-part devotion from Short Daily Devotions. Please read, enjoy, and feel free to comment on today’s post, “Ephesians 6:10 – The Whole Armor: Warriors of the Faith.”
Ephesians 6:10-11 – The Whole Armor: Warriors Of The Faith
This is post #1 of 5 in the series “Ephesians 6: The Whole Armor” (http://shortdailydevotions.com/devotions/ephesians-610-11-the-whole-armor-warriors-of-the-faith)
Daily Devotional Bible Verse:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11 ESV)
Jesus is the mighty victor who has defeated all of evil’s hosts; conquering death, the power of sin, and the devil himself. As Christians, our concern is conquering power dwelling within us (Ephesians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7), and that inward dwelling should bear heavily on our outward living. Jesus’ prayer for us was to be in the world, amidst danger, but shielded and protected from its source (John 17:15) living victoriously over temptation. Too often, we find ourselves buried in the same habitual sin, with real victory seemingly miles away. The early Church faced the same issues, and just as the Apostle Paul advised them we, too, must put on the whole armor of God.
A soldier, when his enemy is near, doesn’t pick up his shield and leave his helmet on the shelf! He takes up his entire suit when he goes to battle. So must we, as Christians, don the entire suit the Lord has made available to us. He has provided for us a defense against the schemes of the devil and temptation to sin, and has given us strength in our weakness, enabling us to live as warriors for the faith instead of casualties. It is easy to intellectually hold that Christ’s power is greater than our temptation and struggle, but it’s another matter entirely to functionally live out that truth. Put feet to your faith then, as you gear up and put on the whole armor of God.
Study Ephesians 6, and dwell on the armor you often leave on the spiritual shelf.
What does Ephesians 6:11 mean?
Here Paul introduces the armor of God, a famous and often-used metaphor from the Bible. Paul begins with two important qualifiers in this verse. These give a useful perspective on how these various components are meant to function, and why they are important. His admonition to “put on” these pieces is also instructive: Christians have to be deliberate about using these implements.
First, believers must plan to utilize all tools available to them. One or two pieces are not sufficient, especially in light of the second qualification, which are the plans of Satan. Only with every piece of the armor of God can a believer adequately stand against the schemes of the Devil. Just as a Roman soldier could not reasonably enter battle with a partial suit of armor, or with only some of his weapons, a believer will not be as successful in spiritual battle unless every part of God’s armor is included.
Second, Paul calls the Devil’s work against believers “schemes.” This indicates a coordinated plan of attack against believers. It is clear Paul does not have in mind physical violence, but rather a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Further, the Devil appears to specifically seek to destroy the good work of all believers. Thankfully, his power is no match for the power available through God. However, believers must pray and fully rely on God’s resources to stand firm (Ephesians 6:13) against his attacks. Using the armor of God fully, and completely, is key to surviving this spiritual onslaught.
Also interesting is the fact that these tools are meant to allow Christians to “stand against” the Devil. The verse does not suggest conquering, leading a charge, or other types of offense. While believers are called to speak out against evil (2 Corinthians 10:5), triumph over Satan primarily involves holding a firm defense, and allowing Christ to win the ultimate victory.
Verse 12 will put this battle in graphic terms. At the same time, Paul will make it clear that Christians are engaged in a spiritual war, not an earthly one.
Ephesians 6:10–20 concludes Paul’s practical application of Christianity with a famous series of metaphors. Here, he describes the ”armor of God.” In this passage, Paul uses the allegory of a Roman soldier’s basic equipment to show how the components of Christianity work together as we strive to serve God. The soldier’s tools include a belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword. In parallel, the Christian’s implements are truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. Christians are also given prayer. Just as a soldier’s equipment is designed for their earthly battle, a Christian’s equipment is meant for spiritual warfare.
Paul gives specific instructions to children and fathers, stressing obedience and patience, respectively. He also directs servants to serve with sincerity and good intentions, as if they were working for Christ. Masters are warned not to be harsh: the same God who judges all will not give them preference over those they supervised. All Christians are called on to use the tools given us by God for surviving the attacks of the devil. These are imagined as pieces of a suit of armor. Paul ends this letter in his typical style, with prayer, blessings, and news about his plans.