Ephesians, lesson 20

Lesson 20

Ephesians 6: 21-24, closing words

V 21, But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you;

Paul sent Tychicus back to Ephesus to give an update regarding his situation in Rome. Tychicus was a beloved brother and a faithful minister in the Lord.

V 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.

Paul sent Tychicus back to Ephesus to reassure and comfort them.

VV 23-24, 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Paul ended the epistle of Ephesians with a doxology, benediction, and prayer. He pronounced to his listeners, and us, peace, love, faith, and grace.

Ephesians, Lesson 19

Lesson 19

Ephesians 6:17-20, spiritual warfare, part 3.

V 17, And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The fifth component is the helmet of salvation. The helmet protects against head injury. The spiritual helmet of salvation is the hope of salvation. The assurance of salvation strengthens our faith.

1Thessalonians 5:8, “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation”.

VV 18- 19, 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

The sixth component is prayer, the sword of the Spirit. Prayer is a weapon of defense as well as a weapon of offense. Prayer protects against demonic attacks and tears down demonic strongholds. We must pray persistently and with perseverance for all Christians. Even Paul requested his audience to pray for him for boldness in preaching the gospel.

Hebrews 4:12, ‘’For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”.

Rev 2:12, “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this”.

Ezekiel 22:30, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one”.

2 Chronicles 7:14, “ if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.

V 20, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Paul was an ambassador for Christ and preached the gospel boldly even when he was chained to a Roman guard under house arrest.

Ephesians, Lesson 18

Lesson 18

Ephesians 6:14-16, Spiritual warfare, part 2.

The armor consists of 6 components, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

V 14, Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

The first component of the spiritual armor is the belt of truth, (NIV). We must wear the belt of truth on our waist. The belt of truth is Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth, and life. Jesus is full of grace and truth. Knowing the truth about Jesus will set us free from deception and false doctrines. Jesus, the word of God is truth.

John 1:14, John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.

John 14:7, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is the breastplate of righteousness.

John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth”.

The second component is the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate of righteousness is the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ to us.

Romans 1:17, For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.

2 Cor 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.

Matthew 6: 33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.

V 15, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The third component is the gospel shoes of peace. The gospel is the good news of peace. To wear the shoes of the gospel of peace is to do evangelism. We are to be ready to share the gospel with anyone, in season and out of season.

2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching”.

1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”.

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

V 16, above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

The fourth component is the shield of faith. The shield of faith is our faith in God. We are to be strong in faith. The shield of faith will block off the fiery arrows of doubts that satan threw at us.

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

Hebrews 11: 6, And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ephesian 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith”.

Psalm 35:1-2, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me. Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help”.

Ephesians, Lesson 17

Lesson 17

Ephesians 6:10-13, spiritual warfare, part 1.

V 10, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Paul encouraged his listeners, (and us) to stand firm in the Lord in the power of His might, not ours. We are weak but He is strong, and our weakness is perfected in His strength.

2 Corinthians 12:19 a, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

V 11, Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

God provided us with spiritual armor. We are to wear this armor to defend and attack against the demonic onslaught. These are the spiritual weapons to fight spiritual warfare.

2 Cor 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”.

VV 12-13, 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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.

Our battle is not physical but spiritual. Our battle is against the hierarchy of satanic demons called the principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness, and the spiritual wickedness in high places. Paul commanded his audience (and us), to wear the whole armor of God and stand firm in the faith. We must win the battle in the spiritual realm before we can see a breakthrough in the physical realm.