Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Spirit uses the word of God as his sword to defend us against the
deceptive, dangerous, and destructive lies of Satan. The question is: What is the word of God Paul is referring to in Ephesians 6:17b?
Paul is referring back to Ephesians 1:13 when he said, "In him you
also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit..." In the context of Ephesians, the word of God is the word of truth, the
gospel or good news of God's grace about salvation (see my blogs on this website about Ephesians and the good news of God's grace)
Take the helmet of salvation...
Some of the most effective schemes of the devil and his evil forces are
to convince us that God is angry at us, and is not loving, merciful, or
kind toward us.
Another effective scheme is to convince us we can or have lost our salvation.
In Ephesians 1-2, Paul explains the nature of our salvation. Under the inspiration of the Spirit of Christ, Paul says that while we
were dead in our sins, following the ways of the world, we became the
objects of God's great love, abundant mercy, and bountiful grace that he
kindly poured out upon is through Jesus for our sins.
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you
can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."
Satan will never stop shooting his flaming arrows of lies toward our
hearts and minds. His lies are always in conflict with the truth of the
grace of God freely given to us in Jesus. When his lies come, we shield
our hearts and minds from his lies by faith, or by believing the truths
Here are the truths of grace from the book of Ephesians to believe when Satan seeks to deceive.
do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
are to be educational centers for children to learn about God's grace
from their parents. From their parents, children are to learn about the
salvation of God's grace which will save them from the condemnation of
the law. Specifically, fathers are to be to the first ones in the family
to teach the children about God's grace.
In Ephesians 6:4, the instruction
of the Lord is the revelation of grace by the ascended Jesus to Paul
that he has instructed the families of the church about in Ephesians
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist...
We are continuing to study the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. We have discovered that we take our stand against the lies of the devil and his powerful evil forces by standing in grace, or by believing the truths of all that God has freely done for us through Jesus in Ephesians 1,2, and 3. Let's now look take a closer look atstanding firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.
The purpose of a physical belt is to hold all of our clothes together so they do not come apart.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Because we have an enemy in the devil, along with his evil powerful forces in the earthly and heavenly realms who battle us daily, we must put on the full armor of God. The very armor our loving God provides us with to stand our ground.
So what is the armor of God that we must put on fully that empowers us to stand our ground against these evil enemies?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
In Ephesians 6:10-11, Paul begins bringing his letter to the Ephesian believers to a close. He instructs them to "
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your
father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— "so
that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the
earth." Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up
in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
After teaching for the first 5 chapters of Ephesians that the law has
been abolished and we now are members of the family of grace, which does
not follow the law of Moses, but who follows Jesus, Paul now tells the
children of Ephesus to obey commandment number 5, which is "