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Tony E. Denton, 10/06. ASiteForTheLord.com The Christian Soldier This passage teaches us that God supplies us with spiritual weapons for spiritual foes. So let’s give some specific attention to this armor and to each of these weapons. Ephesians 6:10-18a

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This passage teaches us that God supplies us with spiritual weapons for spiritual foes.

So let’s give some specific attention to this armorand to eachof these weapons.

Ephesians 6:10-18a

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Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.

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Stand therefore having girded your loins with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

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THE EXHORTATION

Be Strong (10a) and Stand (v. 14a)!

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BE STRONG!

Passive Imperative: Let Jesus make you strong.

Strong is from the original word fordynamite.

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STAND!

Active Imperative: Maintain Your Ground!

Stand is from a word often rendered establish.

So… 

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THE EXHORTATION

LET THE LORD MAKE YOU STRONG LIKE DYAMITE, THEN STAND … FIRMLY ESTABLISHED!

And how would this happen? By putting on the whole armor of God (v. 11), of course.

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THE EQUIPMENT

The Belt of Truth(v. 14a)

The Breastplate of Righteousness(v. 14b)

The Greaves of the Gospel (v. 15)

The Shield of Faith (v. 16)

The Helmet of Salvation (v. 17a)

The Sword of God’s Word (v. 17b)

The Prayerful Mind (v. 18a)

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THE BELT OF TRUTH

Physically … it enabled freedom of movement.

Physically… it protected the loins.

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THE BELT OF TRUTH

Spiritually … truth liberates (John 8:32)

Jesus said, The truth shall makeyou free. Free of what? Free of sin.

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THE BELT OF TRUTH

Spiritually … truth liberates (John 8:32)

Spiritually … truth emboldens (Jn.7:26 & 46)

Look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him…. The officers said,“No man ever spoke like this Man!”

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THE BELT OF TRUTH

Spiritually … truth liberates (John 8:32)

Spiritually … truth emboldens (Mat.7:28-29)

The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught themas one having authority.

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THE BREASTPLATEOF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Physically … it guarded vital organs.

Physically … it provided confidence.

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THE BREASTPLATEOF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Spiritually … righteousness provides confidence against internal accusations (1 John 3:20-21).

If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

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THE BREASTPLATEOF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Spiritually … righteousness provides confidence against internal accusations (1 John 3:20-21).

Spiritually … righteousness provides confidence against external accusations (John 8:46).

Jesus asked the Jews,“Which of you convicts Me of sin?”

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THE GREAVES AND SANDALS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Physically … greaves protected the legs(cf.1Sam.17:6).

Physically … sandals provided protection (while traveling) and power for the feet (while fighting).

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THE GREAVES AND SANDALS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us peace with God, providing us with protection from His wrath(2 The. 1:7-9).

Paul told some first century Christians that when the Lord is revealed from Heaven He would take vengeance on those … who do not obey the Gospeland that they would be punished with everlasting destruction.

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THE GREAVES AND SANDALS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us peace with God, providing us with protection from His wrath.

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us a firm footing(1 Cor. 15:1-2a).

I declare to you the Gospel …in which you stand,by which also you are saved.

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THE GREAVES AND SANDALS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us peace with God, providing us with protection from His wrath.

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us a firm footing as well as the power to save others (Rom. 1:16).

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power [dynamite] of God to salvation for everyone who believes.

Besides…

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THE GREAVES AND SANDALS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us peace with God, providing us with protection from His wrath.

Spiritually … the Gospel gives us a firm footing as well as the power to save others.

Paul did quote God saying to Isaiah, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things (Rom. 10:15).

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THE SHIELD OF FAITH

Physically … it provided confidence against thrusting (expected) weapons.

Physically … it provided confidence against flying (unexpected) weapons.

Before we apply this spiritually, we must re-member that faith comes by hearing … the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

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THE SHIELD OF FAITH

Spiritually … faithprovidesprotectionforexpect-ed temptations.

Paul taught that we may need to rebuke one another from time to time (2 Tim. 4:2). To re-buke someone essentially means to chastise him for doing what he knows is wrong and to encourage him to make it right and/or not repeat it. Now would Paul have demanded this if we could not receive forgiveness for sins committed on purpose? Certainly Not! So the point is … knowledge of ourselves and God’s Word gives us the faith to avoid those temptations that we know will come our way.

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THE SHIELD OF FAITH

Spiritually … faithprovidesprotectionforexpect-ed temptations.

Spiritually … faith provides protection for unex-pected temptations.

Paul also taught that we may need to reprove one another from time to time (2 Tim. 4:2). To reprove someone essentially means to ex-plain to him from God’s Word that what he’s doing is wrong. So the point is … if we learn God’s Word, then we’ll see the temptation for what it is before it overtakes us (Gal. 6:1).

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THE SHIELD OF FAITH

Spiritually … faithprovidesprotectionforexpect-ed temptations.

Spiritually … faith provides protection for unex-pected temptations.

David once said to God, Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You (Psa. 119:11).

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

Physically … the helmet protected the head.

Physically … the helmet often symbolized authority and/or to whom one belonged.

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

Spiritually … having salvation encourages us against apostatizing and losing it.

Speaking of punishment for desertion, Paul asked the Hebrew Christians,How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Heb. 2:3)?

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

Spiritually … having salvation encourages us against apostatizing and losing it.

Spiritually … our salvation is our crown, indicat-ing both who we belong to and our authority.

Paul spoke of Jesus as being the captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10). So He, who has led the way before us, has saved us to reign with Him over the Earth (Rev. 5:10), giving us crowns to indicate that we belong to Him (1 Pet. 5:4) and therefore have authority to increase His army.

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THE SWORD OF GOD’S WORD

Physically … it was used offensively.

Physically … it was also used defensively.

It’s interesting that Rome didn’t conquer the world with the spear or the bow and arrow, but with the sword—this was the weapon that the Roman soldier had to master.

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THE SWORD OF GOD’S WORD

Spiritually … God expects His Word to be wielded offensively.

Jesus perfectly exemplified this when He preached His first recorded lesson—The Sermon on the Mount (Mat. 5—7):In this lengthy talk He masterfully wielded the sword of God’s Word by preaching numerous dos and do nots.

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THE SWORD OF GOD’S WORD

Spiritually … God expects His Word to be wielded offensively.

Spiritually … God also expects His Word to be wielded defensively.

Jesus perfectly exemplified this as well when He was directly tempted by Satan (Mat. 4:1-11): Every time Satan attacked Him with a temptation, Jesus masterfully wielded the sword of God’s Word to dice to pieces the power of those enticements.

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SO LET’S GET A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD.

Helmet of Salvation

Sword of God’s Word

Shield of Faith

Breastplate of Righteousness

Belt of Truth

Greaves & Sandals of the Gospel of Peace

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BUT, TO TOP IT ALL OFF, PAUL CONCLUDED BY SAYING…

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all persever-ance and supplication for the saints.

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