A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13
The Whole Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (ESV)
The Christian life is not one of passivity and idleness, but it is a life that is empowered by the Gospel to pursue righteousness and holiness. With Ephesians 6:101-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones emphatically explains that this is why all teaching that removes the responsibility of the Christian to work towards holiness and a life of spiritual maturity are so dangerous. They do not understand that as new creatures in Christ, all believers have been empowered to live a life in service to God. Spiritual idleness and laxity are never an outgrowth of the Holy Spirit. So, all Christians should live of a life of spiritual discipline that seeks to honor God and cultivate love of neighbor. This requires Christians to not waste their strength or become distracted from their goal, but they should pursue Christ in all that they do. For when the church loses its focus, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, it falls into error and becomes unable to fight against sin and darkness. The great remedy against this a life of obedience wholly devoted to God and his Kingdom. This is the life of the spiritually mature Christian who disciplines himself so that they may be light in this dark world for the Gospel of Christ.