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Book of Ephesians

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)

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When you were younger, you realized that you were going to need more than food and drink to grow into an adult. You also needed exercise. Our walks as Christians are no different, and in this sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the importance of exercising our faith so that we can grow. Christ is the source of strength for a believer. We are told to run to Christ for our spiritual food and drink, and yet there must be something more— we must use our spiritual food and drink for our spiritual development. We must exercise our faith so that we can gain the strength we need to stand strong. How can we do this exercise? Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives three practical ways. First, we must develop a certainty regarding the things of our faith. Second, Christians must exercise their faith by laying hold of the doctrines of Christianity— we must learn our Bible well so that we can communicate the hope of Christianity to a lost world. Third, we can look to the past and examine the lives of faithful Christians who have walked before in the midst of incredibly trying times. This, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, serves to encourage, inspire, and strengthen our faith. Through Christ, believers can stand strong in the midst of difficult times, and this exercise of their faith will only serve to deepen their steadfastness.


Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:10-13, New American Standard Bible

The Armor of God

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:10-13, King James Version

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 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 high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.