The Battle Is Raging
INTRODUCTION: The Bible frequently uses the image of war to depict the Christian life. Paul encouraged Timothy to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Tim. 2:3) In fact, the first picture our Lord gave of the Church was a military one. He told the disciples that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the onslaught of the Church (Matt. 16:18). In ancient times, a common military tactic used by armies was to break down the gate of an enemy's fortress with a battering ram. Once inside, they could then destroy the opposing enemy. Jesus told us that Satan and his forces are not able to withstand, or prevent, the onward march of Christianity (Christ in you).
I. THE SOLDIER AND HOW HE GETS READY. 10-11a
A. HIS PREPARATION. 10
''be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might'' - the unprepared believer becomes the defeated believer. The strength of the Christian life is dependence on God
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ''And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.''
B. HIS PROVISION. 11a
That which the Lord supplies.
''put on'' - speaks of permanence. There is never a time to take it off. It serves as the Christian's lifelong companion. It provides believers with divine power from ''Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory of exceeding joy.'' Jude 24
Paul was probably chained to a Roman soldier when he penned the words of Ephesians.
C. HIS POSITION. 11b
''you may be able to stand against'' - when used in a military sense, had the idea of holding a critical position while under attack.
George Duffield, Jr. wrote: ...
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