Family Bible Study lesson for July 10: Waging War : Friday, June 17, 2005
June 17 2005 by Chadwick Ivester

Family Bible Study lesson for July 10: Waging War : Friday, June 17, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for July 10: Waging War

By Chadwick Ivester
Focal passage: Ephesians 6:10-20

The Christian soldier's enemy

(Ephesians 6:12)

To win a battle, you must know the identity and nature of your enemy.

In the beginning of the movie, "The Predator," the main character and his group were helpless because their enemy was invisible. It was not until they could identify their enemy that they could combat him.

The Christian soldier is in combat with the devil and his mighty demons. The powers of the enemy are superhuman. Therefore if we are fighting against superhuman powers, we must rely on the armor given to us by the Almighty One.

God's whole armor is mandatory

(Ephesians 6:13)

God's armor is useless if we don't use it. The Christian must take up the whole armor of God and put it on if he expects to be victorious against the devil. We need every piece of armor that the Lord offers us. Only the whole armor of God will be sufficient when you stand eye to eye with the very one who wants to destroy your soul.

The complete armor of God

(Ephesians 6:14-18)

Loins girt about with truth: The Christian soldier must brace himself with the gospel and its doctrines so as to maintain perfect sincerity and reality. These are the Christian traits needed to counteract hypocrisy and falsehood.

Breastplate of righteousness: The breastplate protects both the front and back of the soldier. It is useful to protect him from blind-sided ambushes. It also protects the soldier's most vital organ - the heart. Paul refers to the believers' breastplate of righteousness from Christ, which is not of ourselves, but is received by faith in Him.

The Marine Corps recently recalled more than 5,000 combat vests issued to troops in Iraq after a published report raised concerns that the vests failed to stop a 9 mm bullet. That will never be the case with the breastplate of righteousness of Christ. A critical factor in combat is having confidence in your armor. What confidence we have in knowing that the breastplate of righteousness given to us will never fail us when we are in the midst of a raging battle.

Your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: The soldier's feet must be protected. Roman soldiers wore shoes of brass to protect their feet for optimum battle performance. The gospel itself is the strong foundation that will give you firm-footing in every battle.

Above all, taking the shield of faith: The shield is the chief and foremost piece of armor. The soldier's shield was large and oblong designed to protect every part of the soldier. "Wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." The devil's intent is to destroy your soul with his "fire-tipped" darts known as temptations.

Faith: Only the shield of saving faith, from and in Christ, can quench all of the enemy's "fire-tipped" missiles of temptation.

The helmet of salvation: The soldier's helmet was made of bronze to protect his head. It is for the Christian soldier the "hope of salvation" (1 Thes. 5:8.)

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: This large knife is the only piece of armor that can be used by the soldier for offensive and defensive combat. Paul identifies the word of God to be the sword used by the Christian soldier. It is given by God, inspired by God - God's revelation of Himself to man. When attacked by the enemy, use the word of God.

This is the sword that our Lord used to defend Himself when the devil tempted Him - "It is written ... It is written ... It is written ..." (Matt 4:1-11.)

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