The Call to Battle
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13Read more
If you are a Christian, you are in the midst of a fierce battle. How can you fight and stand strong? An important step in this battle, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is to recognize our role in this conflict— we are called to fight. In Ephesians 6:10-13 Paul gives us two commands: to stand strong in the Lord, and to put on the full armor of God. What does this look like in practice? First, we must recognize the need of being strong— not only because we will need strength in order to stand until the final day, but also because we are the children of God and have the God-given ability to be strong! Next, we also need to realize our own weaknesses and need of help— being aware of this helps us to know the areas that can be our potential trouble spots. Third, we must recognize that he is our source of strength. God has not called us to live the difficult Christian life on our own. Rather, he wants us to lean on him because that is the only way we will make it through. Instead of focusing on how capable we think we are, we must meditate and focus on his strength and might because he alone is powerful enough to see us through!
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.