Introduction: Since we have been made alive in Christ belonging to God, we no longer conform to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2) but have a uniquely distinct walk from it. We live not to the desires of ourselves but are united in the Spirit to God appertaining toward the will of God. Therefore in opposition, the believer wages a war against sin and an enemy whose purpose is to entice them to desire the self, and consequently live in opposition toward God. However we do not wage a war only in of ourselves and by our own might, but rather in the might of God, so that when the Tempter comes we may stand firm. This is to point the glory of our steadfastness not toward the willpower of ourselves but instead toward the keeping power of God, who is mighty to save. 1. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. a) Be strong by the blood-bought means to which Christ paid for. Christian, in light of being made alive in Christ, in light of the access gained as heirs in Christ, in light of the unity of the spirit and the calling expected, and in light of all those measures there unto attained, be strong in the Lord . b) Be mighty through the strength Christ provides , by which we remain strong in the Lord. Do not be strong in a mere iron will of ourselves, a sheer stubborn power in the might of our own steadfastness, a determination mustered within ourselves, but be strong knowing that Christ works mightily in you (Phil 2:13). 2. Stand firm in the means which Christ has provided. Our struggle is not of the flesh, but against the rulers, dark powers, and spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore we cannot wage war in the same manner as against the flesh nor by the same means (2 Corinthians 10:3-4), but require supernaturally spiritual means to fight on the same level, namely all the power of God working through us. 3. Thus, If it is by His almighty power kept in the strength of his will we are given the means to fight: the only response is to fully arm ourselves to the fullest capacity of the armoury He provides. Not the armoury in putting on ourselves but: Putting on the belt of truth , which foundation is set by God defined in the Word of God. Placing the breastplate of Righteousness , not a righteousness not found in ourselves, but bearing toward righteousness bought by the Blood of the Lamb. Being prepared at all times to give an account of peace . Who's truth is found in the gospel, the proclamation of victory won in the war, and sin defeated. Taking up the shield of faith , the assured hope of all the promises of God. Standing upon them as a firm foundation, not having a hope already seen, but a confident expectance that God who is constant will follow through. In this faith, knowing it is not engineered through ourselves, but held up by God, we extinguish all doubts otherwise. Lastly all of this is summed up in the Helmet of salvation , our full assurance that nothing can separate us from God and the sword of the Spirit, the very breath of God that when it goes out will not return empty, sovereignly accomplishing all that it has set out to do (Isaiah 55:11). All things are summed up in Christ (Eph 1:10) to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory (Eph 1:12). Even the very means to which we fight are summed up in Him, that in passing into eternity we may not say to ourselves 'well done', but rather praise God in keeping us there unto. This assurance of salvation, gives us boldness and confidence to fight the good fight and finish the race.
Arc: Eph 6:10-17
Finally, a be strong in the Lord
and in b the strength of His might.
a Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm against the b schemes of the devil.
For our a struggle is not against 1 b flesh and blood,
but c against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the d world forces of this e darkness,
against the f spiritual forces of wickedness in g the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up a the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to b resist in c the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore, a having girded your loins with truth ,
and having b put on the breastplate of righteousness ,
and having a shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace ;
1 in addition to all, taking up the a shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the b flaming arrows of c the evil one.
And take a the helmet of salvation , and the b sword of the Spirit, which is c the word of God.
1 With all a prayer and petition 2 b pray at all times c in the Spirit,
and with this in view, 3 d be on the alert with all e perseverance
and f petition for all the saints,
and a pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me b in the opening of my mouth, to make known with c boldness d the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an a ambassador b in 1 chains; that 2 in proclaiming it I may speak c boldly, d as I ought to speak.
Statement preposition. 2nd Corinthians 10:3-4 The plains on which our battle is fought is not held within the ordinary realm, not which we can tangible see, touch, or behold before us but rather on the spiritual one, one that wages a war for and within our very souls. A much more insidious and detrimental fight, not to be taken flippantly.
Finally --> Lastly Christian, in the summarizing statement: Be strong in the Lord, not for the sake that I in myself am strong. Or somehow I myself can be strong, but only so far as I depend on the strength of His might. And, in the strength of His might, namely God's almighty strength, is the means to which I am strong in The Lord.
The Armour of God is the means by which we a) are strong in the lord and b) fight in the strength of his might. For the purpose is that we Stand Firm against the wily, diverse, intricate schemes of the devil, requiring in fullness of both every piece and to the greatest strength of the Armour.
In view of the battle which we wage, and means to which we wage it, continue in petitioning on toward God, who through the Spirit interceding on our behalf in words beyond us, that we would continue to to be ready at all times in endurance; never letting our guard down or our alertness wane. Similarly pray that all the saints would continue likewise.
2nd Cor 10:3-4
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war a according to the flesh,
for the a weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,
but 1 divinely powerful b for the destruction of fortresses.
So then, my beloved, a just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your b salvation with c fear and trembling;
for it is a God who is at work in you, both to will and to work b for His good pleasure.