I have taken you through a detailed look at the biblical book of Ephesians. Putting together all that we have studied in Ephesians, Paul closes the book by reminding us to rely on the Strength of our Lord, not in our own strength. It might be helpful to quickly recap the things we have looked at to this point. In order of appearance:
- The church in Ephesus was culturally chaotic, and temptation-laden, influenced heavily by the occult.
- Salvation is a gift from God.
- Paul encourages believers to gain maturity.
- Christ redeemed and sealed us, setting us apart from the world.
- Jews and Gentiles become unified in Christ.
- God’s love covers believers with grace and mercy.
- His intent was to save all humanity, not just the Jews, this is the mystery of God.
- We are to be rooted and grounded in love.
- God wants us to be full in Him, body, soul and spirit.
- God reveals the foundation of His spiritual house.
- God guides our daily lives, modelling how to live in our relationships.
While becoming mature in these things is a lifelong process, God has placed the Holy Spirit inside us and calls us to rely on His strength rather than our own. In order to perceive this stronger, Paul gives us an image of what we are up against. Unseen forces in another dimension that have access to us.
Here is a description of our enemy: “The devil is a murderer, without truth, a liar, and the father of lies,” John 8:44; “Full of deceit, an enemy of righteousness, and a perverter of the right way,” Acts 13:10; “Who can transform himself into an angel of light,” II Corinthians 11:14; “And goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” I Peter 5:8. Bearing this in mind, without thewhole armor of God, one won’t be able to stand against the enemy. Believers are discouraged to run or retreat from the devil, and we are instead encouraged to stand firm.
There is an ongoing confrontation between good and evil. Precisely, this battle is between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. The powers of opposition, making war on us, are the highest ranks of demons, possessing great power and ability.
The Gift of God
These are the ones who rule over the nations, and the idolatrous and sinful men in this world who are blinded, and because of this, they live in darkness. The spiritual host that inhabits the air exists between our realm and the heavenly realm, crossing between the two as they please. They continually assault us and seek to get us to commit sin. This battle is unseen but real.
Satan allures us through deceit, actually, the “deceitfulness of sin,” as the Scripture says. Paul wants us to be completely aware, and alert in this. He has discipled us and raised us up to know how to gird ourselves to stand against the enemy. Part of this battle we fight in the flesh through our relationships. Paul has not left us blind and dumb about these things. He shows us how to hold and play the winning hand. We must be unified and mature. We must also maintain our humility, always remembering that God’s grace, our salvation, is a gift.
Written by Jori Sams
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