True and False Zeal
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)
Do you have a hard time finding the proper balance in life between too much activity and too much rest? Our society today is saturated with the message that people should always be doing something in order to be productive. Yet others would say that life should be lived casually and restfully. What does Scripture say? In this sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains why this battle is so important for a follower of Christ. One way that Satan attacks us is through our view of our actions. He tries to keep us from finding the balance between the two extremes of activity for the Kingdom of God. What are these extremes? The first is called antinomianism, which is an interpretation that disregards instructions in Scripture as things to be obeyed. On the other side is legalism, a view that demands a strict lifestyle with no room for obedience based on principle. Either of these views, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, will lead to a general slackness in one’s Christian walk and a failure to apply the truth to ourselves. We are called to follow Christ and to demonstrate our love for him by obeying his commands, but we must not allow this to build a worldly zeal within us— rather, we must overcome this scheme of the devil by realizing that we must obey God out of a desire to please him and know him better.