Nov 29 2015
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Our text is Ephesians 6:10-18. Vs. 11 says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (tricks) of the devil." In our previous three lessons, we have learned about the person of Satan; who he is; how he operates; and some steps we can take to resist Him, like taking our thoughts captive (2Cor 10:3-5) and submitting ourselves to God (Jam 4:7). In this final lesson, we will look further at how to walk in victory over him; our position in Christ; what Jesus came to do; and Satan's ultimate and total defeat, as well as the Believer's ultimate and total victory.
Jesus came to destroy the Devil and his works (Heb 2:14, 1Jn 3:8). The word "destroy" in Heb 2:14 means "render inoperative". Satan's ultimate destruction will not take place until after the 1,000 year reign of Christ (Rev 20:7-10), but since the Cross, his influence and power has been greatly diminished. He now operates chiefly by lies and deception through those who are not aware of his devices. Though Jesus will utterly destroy Satan's works at the end of the age, Jesus now does this work through His people who are filled with His spirit and power, and are armed with the truth of God's Word.
Legally, Satan is under our feet (Eph 1:21). The church is Christ's Body on this earth, and Christians are His arms, voice, feet, etc.. If Satan is under the feet of Jesus (and he is), then he is under our feet. Jesus conquered, making us more than conquerors (Rom 8:37). This means that in and through Christ, we have (past tense) overcome the wicked one (1Jn 2:13-14). This is our standing in Jesus.
The Believer who keeps himself (stands diligent watch over himself), Satan cannot attach himself to (1Jn 5:18). The Christian should not be a spiritual dunce; sleepy, dull and unaware of the times and the enemy's devices. We should be awake, alert, watchful - our eyes wide open to the temptations, lies and deceit of Satan. The Believer keeps himself by putting on the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-18).
If we put on (are clothed with) God's complete armor, we will be able to stand. If we do not, the Devil has open season on the Christian, as he does over the unbeliever (whether they realize it or not). The "putting on" of the armor is done mentally and spiritually. It is understanding who and what we are in Christ; and what we have in Christ. This armor we wear to bed. We are to never take it off.
The seat of power and strength is the quads, glutes and core. The belt of truth keeps everything tight and together, in order to exert maximum power (think power lifting belt). In all we do, the belt of truth needs to be cinched up tight. Never deviate from the truth of God's Word. Never loosen up on the truth.
The breastplate of righteousness protects the heart and vital organs. Believers must understand that they are the very righteousness of God in Christ (2Cor 5:21). Lack of understanding in this area will result in lack of confidence, and leave our heart exposed to attacks of the enemy. This must be a constant in all we do, that through faith upon Jesus, God has made us righteous with His very own righteousness.
Our shoes are the Gospel of peace. The Believer will maintain sure and solid footing, if they hold firm to this truth: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of our peace with God, and His peace with us, through His sacrificial death and resurrection.
The helmet of salvation protects the head. Through the inward witness of the Spirit, and through firm belief in God's promise written in His Holy Word, the Believer can maintain confidence that they are saved (1Jn 5:13); and therefore be protected from Satan's lies and deception that they are "his kids".
"Above all" take the shield of faith and Sword of the Spirit. These work in conjunction, protecting the whole soldier. The shield protects from Satan's lies and temptations, while the sword attacks. The shield quenches fearfulness, while the sword strikes with, "The Lord is my Light and salvation - whom shall I fear?" (Ps 27:1). The shield quenches "you can't do it", while the sword strikes with, "I can do all things through Christ" (Phil 4:13). Etc.
The Believer's end is ultimate victory and eternity with Jesus in heaven. Satan's end, and all unbelievers, is eternal torment in the Lake of fire (Mt 25:41, Rev. 20). Stand firm on the truth; do not be moved away from your hope in Christ (Col 1:23). We may receive some battle scars in this life while enforcing Calvary's victory here on earth, but our eternal inheritance will prove to be more than worth it. Selah.