The Enemy Described
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)
Is it not madness to spend an entire message devoted to describing the devil? After all, is not Satan merely folklore and myth? Many sophisticated people today would conclude that focus on the spiritual realm at all is a sheer waste of time. But Christians cannot shy away from what Scripture teaches. We acknowledge that our authority on spiritual matters is not ourselves but based upon the Word of God. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us, to talk about these things is the most practical thing a Christian can do. Why? Because we are looking at the real cause of the present state of the world. The Christian has been given the ability to see the true nature of the conflict. In this message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones dwells on Paul’s description of the devil in Ephesians 6:10-13 and makes inner biblical connections to his person and work. By examining the Scriptures on the topic, Dr. Lloyd-Jones equips Christians to understand the devil’s purpose and his kingdom of darkness. Listen carefully to this important sermon by Dr. Lloyd-Jones. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take! For we understand our ancient foe well and have been given the power and resources by God to stand against the Enemy and principalities and powers.