Resisting the Devil
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)
Temptation is a constant trap that the devil continuously puts in the path of Christians. Satan is constantly prowling around as he tries to convince Christians into crediting their salvation by being bound to rules and regulations. He tries to twist and distort the truth of the Gospel by making us think we are still under the power and dominion of sin. How then do we turn away from these temptations? Dr. Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on Ephesians 6:14 eloquently explains how the weapon to use against temptation is the breastplate of righteousness. He points out in Scripture how the breastplate of righteousness reminds us that our old self has been crucified with Christ, resulting in liberation from the laws and regulations we were bound to before. In his words, we no longer live a good life to become a Christian, but rather because we are a Christian. Not only are we liberated from the old Law, but also from the dominion and power of sin. Sin and evil no longer rule us. We are now ruled by the power and dominion of God. The breastplate of righteousness helps us to resist the devil by realizing that his temptations and traps no longer have power over us.
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.