Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Virtue-love is unraveling the cosmic system.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
f. the divine division and provision of the different dispensations.
The Church-age exists to challenge satan during the absence of Christ from the earth. This is why you have many problems and difficulties in your life
(EPH 6:12, 2CO 10:3-4).
HEB 1:13b, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET"
Pastor teachers are charged with the very message that millions of angelic beings are charged to hide and destroy.
The doctrinal pastor is entrusted with the message that means the undoing of the god of this age, the unraveling of the whole cosmic system.
You are going to have greater testing, you are going to have to face the temptation of greater distractions than any ordinary believer in the past.
Never before in history has there been such an emphasis in the word of God on the prehistoric angelic conflict.
EPH 6:12 Because our struggle is not against blood [peopleâ€™s souls] and flesh [their old sin nature], but against the rulers [these are the archons like Abaddon and Beelzebub], against the powers [demon officers who have phenomenal authority], against the world forces of this darkness [kosmokratoras meaning demons who specialize in possessing or influencing the cosmos or world rulers] against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places [or against the spiritual forces of evil in the atmosphere around the earth, the stellar universe and in the presence of God].
Outside of the dispensation of the hypostatic union, we are a part of the most intensified stage of the angelic conflict, and that is why we are given intensified assets, which we call invisible assets, given to produce invisible heroes.
Our power is related to failure.
Godâ€™s power is related to victory.
We need divine power because Satan, as the ruler of this world, has maximum power which is utilized for evil.
The name of this paragraph is the defensive action of the church.
1. The first is defensive action against Satan, EPH 6:11-12.
2. The function of defensive action, which is given in EPH 6:13.
3. The provision for defensive action, EPH 6:14-15.
The provision includes truth and virtue in verse 14.
True evangelism in verse 15. And the problem solving devices in verse 16.
4. The defensive position, EPH 6:17, which in effect is a wall of fire.
In EPH 6:11, the means for defensive action.
In EPH 6:12, the reason for defensive action which is Satanâ€™s order of battle.
Then secondly, the function of defensive action, which is given in EPH 6:13.
The third part of this paragraph is the provision for defensive action, EPH 6:14-15.
The fourth part of this paragraph, the defensive position, EPH 6:17, which in effect is a wall of fire.
The full armor of the Roman soldier included:
the helmet, breastplate, belt, shoes, shield, sword, spear, plus 60 pounds of tactical equipment.
The verb "stand firm" is the aor-act-inf of histemi, which is a very technical military word which means to hold your ground against Satan and demons.
It is a word used for defensive action against Satan.
The very fact that we are told to clothe ourselves in the armor, and that we have to put on each piece, and we are told how to use each piece, reveals that every one of us is engaged in this battle.
Whatever our warfare or combat is, there is something that it is not....it is not against flesh and blood.
Satan loves to destroy the believerâ€™s focus.
He loves you to get your eyes on people, JER 17:5.
When Satan can convince us that the battle is with flesh and blood and not with the rulers, the powers, the world forces of this darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness, he succeeds in destroying the spiritual energy that could blow him away, 1JO 4:4.
a title for the devil, means to "rip apart" and Satan tries to tear apart the mind.
1. He creates discord.
2. He breaks up unity.
3. He destroys patterns.
He also brings in false concepts as “truth”.
Anything that causes confusion and division and splits your thinking up is "cosmos diabolicus", of the devilâ€™s world system.
He also causes you to get your eyes on self, 1KI 19:10; 1CO 1:10-11.