A Sermon on Ephesians 6:11-12
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. (ESV)
There is a sharp difference between the symptom and the disease. History teaches us that mankind is stuck focusing on the symptoms instead of the disease. In their quest to understand evil, various forms of paganism and fatalism occupied the minds of men in ancient times. Modern man is too sophisticated to believe our problems can be located in the spiritual realm, so he locates the problem in lack of education and ignorance. The spread of culture and rationalism is the cure to all our problems, he says. Some Christians are likewise guilty of such optimism in the human spirit. To believe in a real devil and spiritual foes is ridiculed. Blinded by our hubris, modern man marches forward with education, with all the hope of “progress” to comfort him. In this message on Ephesians 6:11-12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones contests such ideas by reminding us of the Apostle Paul’s words, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world…” Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives a scathing critique of the solutions many put forward today and ground believers in the sure truth of God’s Word. Find courage, comfort, and confidence as you listen in to this helpful sermon on the Christian and the true nature of the disease.