Temptation and Sin
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)
Many Christians live burdened by a misunderstanding of what it means to be tempted by sin. They think that because they experience involuntary evil thoughts they have sinned. But, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones uses the example of the temptations of Jesus to refute this belief. For we see that Jesus is repeatedly tempted by Satan when he is in the desert, but he never sins. The temptation that Jesus faced was not because he wanted to sin, but it came through external promptings. In the same way, Christians may have thoughts that they do not desire to have and that are not their own. Many times, these thoughts are the result of Satan and his demons who are said to tempt the children of God. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims from Ephesians 6:10-13, the only way to truly fight the Devil, and sin, is to flee to Christ- who alone has the power to overcome sin and temptation. For it is Christ that has died for all who believe, so that though they are still in the flesh, they will one day be free from all sin and temptation when Christ returns to finally destroy death, sin, and the Devil. This great hope is the remedy against all sin and spiritual depression.