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Stand Therefore

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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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This great appeal comes to Christian people: “Stand therefore.” What does this tell us? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the power God gives to remain faithful from Ephesians 6:10-13. He says, first, we must not feel disappointed or unhappy because this causes a conflict. As Christians, we should never feel sorry for ourselves. The moment we do, we've already lost the battle. Secondly, we must recognize the power of what we are up against- but not be frightened. Because of the power of God in us, we can resist the devil. Thirdly, we are not to be half-hearted. When we doubt, we are already defeated. Fourthly, do not consider retreat. Thinking or talking too much about our weaknesses, or those of others, is depressing and an enemy tactic to sap us of strength. Fifthly, always be ready. Spiritually, we are to be well balanced, not carried about by every wind of doctrine. Sixthly, realize the privilege of being in this great battle. Consider who is our captain and leader — Jesus Christ himself. Lastly, think of the glory that is coming. Paul said, “There is henceforth a crown of righteousness laid up for me [.…] And not to me only, but to all who have loved his appearing."


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.