Weapons of Warfare
Introduction Eph. 6:12-17
People view Christianity as a peaceful life where all is wonderful and nothing ever again will be bad again. This leads many to a false sense of security in their walk. A Christian lifestyle is one of constant warfare, this is were many error in their thinking and miss the mark in their walk with God. Struggles are everywhere both small and great.
1. Warfare (Eph. 6:12-17)
· There are two different warfares in all-Christian life a carnal and a spiritual.
· We have a tendency to fight the carnal one more than understanding the spiritual battles we fight.
· The reason for this is because we by nature are carnel and think, breath and live this lifestyle
i. Relationships at work, home school and any other place we might go.
ii. Many times, we fail to understand what is happening spiritually in our life.
iii. Sinners live this way not giving thought to the things of God.
· As Christians our battles are spiritual, we have entered into a different world and respond accordingly.
· This is the reason why believes do not react to circumstances as sinners do, turning the other cheek.
· Understanding this, we have different rules we live by and weapons we use to fight spiritual battles.
2. Weapons of Warfare
· Having your loins girt about with truth –
· The breastplate of righteousness –
· Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace –
· Shield of faith –
· Helmet of salvation –
· Sword of the Spirit -
i. He touches those that are in helpless state, the servant was not present.
ii. God’s grace is much bigger than we give him credit for.
iii. Jesus was not told the sickness nor did he care because nothing is too big for God.
1. There is no shortcoming in God’s realm of healing, all things are possible.
2. The Centurion was expecting a miracle that day, which is why he sought God.
- When you come before God do you expect a miracle maybe that is the reason why you leave disappointed.
- Jesus has come to heal the world, this means salvation of friend and foes alike
- God has responded, “I will come” this is true today for he is here.
- Do not allow the Devil steal this miracle from you today
- He knows your needs and is here to heal your souls
3. Great Faith
· Why did Jesus Marvell at the Centurions faith?
i. Many things to start it was his request for someone less fortunate that him, a slave.
· Most of us come to God for personal need, nothing wrong with that.
i. When was the last time you were so burden for others that you humbled yourself before God?
ii. The Centurion showed Great faith in this action putting himself behind another needs.
· The Centurion just asked Jesus to command a healing, great faith.
· Trust in God, that he will honor his word is the faith that moves mountains.
i. Jesus takes note of a man that trusts his word and relies on it for all their needs.
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.
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.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
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.
For we wrestle not. The reason that we need the whole armor of God. With flesh and blood. The Israelites under Joshua had to fight against flesh and blood in order to conquer the land of Canaan. Ours is a spiritual warfare rather than a physical one. But against principalities. Not a comparative, but an absolute negation. Different ranks are seen among the hosts of Satan. It is not possible to make clear distinctions between the various types of foes mentioned here. Against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Literally, the world rulers of this darkness. Against spiritual wickedness. This rendering is unsatisfactory. It is against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. High places, in the AV is the same Greek word translated "heavenly places" elsewhere in the epistle. This is the last of the five occurrences of en tois epouraniois, "in the heavenlies."
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.
Wherefore. Because our enemies are such as have just been described. Take unto you the whole armour. Again the human responsibility is emphasized. Able to withstand. Note that the passage speaks both of withstanding and of standing. The former is the ability to win the fight, to hold one's position; the latter shows the result of the conflict.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Stand therefore. In this and the following verses the armor is described in detail. All of these things speak in a certain sense of the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who is our defense. Your loins girt about with truth. One who has his loins girded is prepared for activity
(cf. 1 Peter 1:13). The breastplate of righteousness.
Cf. Isaiah 59:17. 15. And your feet shod. Much of the language in this section is taken from various passages in the OT (cf. Isaiah 52:7). The preparation. That is, that which prepares us. This would correspond to the shoes or boots. The gospel of peace. The good news characterized by peace or resulting in peace.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Taking the shield of faith. The genitive of apposition; that is, the shield which consists of faith or is faith. Fiery darts of the wicked. The word wicked is singular and undoubtedly masculine rather than neuter-hence, the wicked one-that is, Satan himself. The full dress of a Roman soldier is indicated in this passage, and the various parts are applied spiritually. 17. And take the helmet of salvation. Again, the helmet which is salvation. The sword of the Spirit. Not the same type of genitive as before; perhaps an ablative of source or origin. That is, the sword supplied by the Spirit. Which is the word of God. God's word is a piercing sword. Here hr ema, "word" as utterance, is used. In a similar passage in Hebrews 4:12 logos, "word" as concept or idea, is used. The Scriptures are both hrema and logos. All of the parts of the armor mentioned up to this point are defensive. The sword of the Spirit is the only offensive as well as defensive weapon.
(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)