Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, June 16, 2013

EPH 6:10, Finally, [or from now on], be strong or start becoming strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.

EPH 6:11 Pick up and put on the full armor “from” God, so that you may be able to “hold your ground” against the “strategies” of the devil.

EPH 6:12 For our warfare is not against blood and flesh, against human beings] but against the rulers [demon generals, commanders like Abaddon and Apollyon, Beelzebub],

against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness [demon ambassadors and world rulers and demon conspirators], against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

EPH 6:13-18, Therefore, pick up and put on the full armor from God, so that you may be able to hold your ground in the day that evil attacks you, and having done everything, hold your ground. Hold your ground therefore, after you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, after you have put on your combat boots on your feet with the readiness, [or preparation, equipment] of the gospel of peace. In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish [intercept and destroy] all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take or receive favorably and welcome the helmet of salvation, and [receive favorably and welcome] the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.By means of every prayer and petition be praying on every occasion of prayer in the filling of the Spirit, with reference to this prayer, be on the alert with all persistent determination and petition on behalf of all saints.

It all begins with understanding the power of God and being able to utilize that power.

EPH 6:10 is a verse which deals with the believer’s responsibility to use the divine power of God in both offensive and defensive action as a Christian soldier.

MAT 22:29, But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, [How?] not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.

JOH 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

HEB 4:12, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

1CO 4:20, For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

2CO 4:7, But we have this treasure [what treasure?] The light of knowledge stated in verse 6, because knowledge let’s us see the true issue.

 

This is the same power our Lord walked under during His time on earth known as the dispensation of the hypostatic union, which power He made available for every Church-age believer to become an invisible hero.

Afflicted = pres-pass-part of the verb thlibo which means to be pressed down as grapes bring forth wine, to press hard upon, to trouble, to afflict, to distress, to suffer.

 

Perplexed is another pres-pass-part, aporeo means to be without resources at times, to be in straits, to be embarrassed, to be in doubt, not to know which way to turn, not to know how to decide or what to do.

2TI 1:7, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.

1JO 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

PRO 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in {time of} calamity.

PSA 37:24 When we fall, we shall not be utterly cast down because the Lord is the One who holds our hand and sustains us.

Crushed is the verb stenochoreo which means to be pushed into a corner.

Dioko = to persecute, to follow after, to be given over to undeserved suffering, to pursue in a hostile manner, to harass, to be mistreated, to suffer persecution on account of something.

 

Struck down is another passive voice which says we receive these experiences not produce them, it is the pres-pass-part of kataballo meaning to cast down, to throw to the ground, or as Joseph Thayer says to be put into a lower place.

 

PHI 2:14-15, we Keep on doing all things without complaining, grumbling or arguing; Therefore we are students of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you appear as light giving bodies in the world,

As an innocent individual, He went through undeserved suffering and He didn’t complain, He didn’t quit, He went forward in the plan of God for His life.

The word life is the noun zoe which means the state of one who is possessed of vitality, it is used of the absolute fullness of life which belongs to God.

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