Bible Study The Book Of Ephesians
Verse By Verse
Lesson 42 Chapter Six Verses 10 - 12
Vs. 10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord, and the power of His might.”
At this point in our study of the Ephesian
epistle, let us pause for a moment, and give a retrospective glance
toward the accumulative blessings the church at Ephesus has been the
recipient of. We see them sitting “together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus” (2: 6), and from this vantage point they hear and see many of the
deep things of the Spirit of God.
They hear Paul’s unexcelled doxology of praise to
God, wherein he says ““blessed be the God and Father of’ our Lord Jesus
Christ, Who hath bless us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ” (1:3).
Immediately following, the Ephesians are reminded that their being in
Christ is due to God’s eternal unconditional electing grace and love,
Borne along by the Spirit they learn that God’s
unmerited favor included the giving of Christ to be their substitute
sacrifice, “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (1:7). The
infinite blessing of redemption is set over and against the ultimate ill
which the Ephesians were deserving of, and free grace of God is made the
exclusive means of their deliverance from the just wrath of God, (“by
grace ye are saved”) (2:1 - 6).
…From Beastly Depravity
To Bridal Status...
Then to add to their unbounded delight, their
blessings in Christ have been enlarged to include membership in the
bride Of Christ, the church which He loved and gave Himself for (5:2 5).
Seeing they were, at the time Christ died, aliens, strangers, and
without God in the world (2:12). They were at the time by human
standards the most unlikely candidates for the least favor of God, much
less the salvation of their souls, and beyond ecstatic blessing of
redemption they are called to share the most intimate relationship with
Christ, which only the bride of
Christ may experience.
….Includes Homes And
The circle of their blessings in Christ
encompasses their homes and children. They are caused to see that the
tranquil state of their domestic or family life is owing to the grace of
God. To perpetuate the happy state of the family, the divine Formula is
given, which if neglected will bring heartache.
Yet, it is needful for us, while we have been made to partake of the
great riches of God in Christ, to be made aware of our proneness to
presume upon the goodness of God, and forget that we are in a fierce
spiritual battle with a relentless foe who is bent on robbing us of our
blessing in Christ.
Thus it is Paul concludes the Ephesians epistle by
reminding them of their spiritual warfare. He highlights the vehemence
and subtleness of the enemy, and flakes them aware that they are in a
battle against supernatural forces. The battle being waged is not to
determine their eternal destiny that is settled by the victory Christ
won in their behalf on Calvary, and by His resurrection from the grave.
The battle has to do with our service unto Christ, Tire more faithful
the saint is, the greater is God‘s glory revealed In Him. Satan is
determined to bedim God’s glory, and to realize This diabolical ambition
he must make the soldiers of Christ Causalities.
…Essential - The Whole
Armour Of God…
To avoid becoming a casualty and to ward off the
fierce onslaughts of the enemy it is essential to have on “the whole
armour of God.” Anything less leaves us liable to wounds and Defeat.
Let us consider verse 10 in the light of the
foregoing remarks regarding the saint’s spiritual warfare with the
devil, and his God hating allies. Warning! The worst mistake a saint can
make is to think that there is one moment when he is not a target of
satanic vehemence. We are on the frontline of battle, and there are no
lesser lines to fall back to.
Vs. 10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord…” The verb “strong” is in the passive voice, and means “to be at
all times the possessor of strength.“ The source of, or supply of
strength is the Lord, the text does not say, be strong in self, but it
does say, “be strong in the Lord.” Thus it is, the strength whereby we
stand, or hold our ground, or push the enemy back is Due to the virtue
of our union with Christ. We have no inherent strength, but there is
through the Holy Spirit available to us the inherent might, power, and
strength of Christ. So as there can be no misunderstanding as to the
source of strength, Paul says, our strength is in the “power of His
The same Greek word (endunamoo) translated
“strength” in Vs. 10, is used by Paul in Phil. 4:13, where he says, “I
can do all things through Christ which strengeneth me.” Literally
translated, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ, who
incessantly pours strength into me.”
…Take Up All Weapons
Vs. 11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
“Put on the whole armour of God,” or take up all the weapons made
available to you by the power of God, or simply stated, be fully armed.
In tile armory of the Lord there is every weapon necessary for the
saint’s spiritual defense and victory. Salvation, or regeneration of the
soul stands one before the door of the armory, Baptist baptism is the
door, and a fervent desire to glorify God is the key which unlocks the
door, and admits the lord‘s valiant ones.
To enter this divine arsenal is to be placed on the pillar and ground of
the truth (I Tim 3:15), it is to be in the frontlines Of defense of
truth, Paul says of himself, “I am set for the Defense of the gospel”
…The Reason For Being
“Put on the whole armour of God…” the reason given
for being fully equipped is, “that ye may stand against the wiles of the
devil.” There is an inference, that is, to be less than fully armed is
to invite a fall, and subject ones self to the thundering and
destructive hoof beats of satanic horses.
…Modern Warfare - Keep
Close To The Ground…
In modern warfare the soldier is to
keep as close to the ground as possible, even digging down into the
earth to form foxholes or trenches, so as to be sheltered from the
sophisticated weapons of the enmity. But it was not so in the days of
Paul, soldier was to stand, and do all in his power to keep standing.
The wars of those days were fought close at hand, and the weapons were
bows and arrows, swords, shields, helmets, horses and chariots, and for
a soldier to fall was tantamount, or equal to sure and sudden death. The
Ephesian saints would readily grasp the analogy, and appreciate the
…Flesh And Blood - Not
The Primary Enemy…
Vs. 12 “For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood…“ In this statement Paul lumps
together all earthborn humankind, and sets them aside as being the
primary enemy. The moral and spiritual conflict is not with men as they
are in the fallen state, for the regenerate person would be far more
than his equal. But the spiritual warfare is with supernatural forces,
which empowers and uses depraved God hating men to execute their schemes
and designs against the heavenly government of God.
… “Wrestle,” Suggests
Hand - To - Hand Combat…
The chief adversary of the saint is
not a frail, failing, feeble and visible human enemy. Rest assured, all
unregenerated mankind are the bitter enemies of Christ and His church,
but, how feeble their efforts would be apart from being strengthened by
the supernatural and invisible forces of darkness. The paramount enemy
is supernatural and invisible, our dominant foe is the devil (I Pet.
5:8), and Paul says, “we wrestle not with flesh and Blood,” So then, we
must ascertain with whom or what do we wrestle? The word “wrestle”
suggests face to face, or hand - to - hand combat, and magnifies the
need of being fully clothed with the armour of God. Saint, are you
willing to fight Goliath in Saul’s armour? It does not fit you, and will
only serve to hinder, weight you down, and impair your efficiency. When
you face the enmity in this life and death struggle, make sure you can
say from the heart like David, “I come to thee in the name of the Lord
of hosts,” (I Sam. 17:45),
Let us bear in mind that all things were created by God, and for His
glory, including every heavenly principality, (Col. 1:16). A number of
these principalities rebelled against God, and the Government of heaven,
which insurrection resulted in their being cast out of the heavenly
dwelling of God, They were not cast in the bottomless abyss, but out
into the open universe, with unlimited access to the earth (Job1:7, II
Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2). By the death and resurrection of Christ the powers
of darkness was defeated (Col. 2:15 - read), but the devil and his
diabolical hosts refuse to lay down the weapons of their warfare, but
this does not diminish the victory of Christ, Paul says, “The God of
Peace shall bruise Satan shortly under your feet,” (Rom, 16:20), (Rev.