“The Armor Of God”

Posted: August 13, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Decision Making, Gospel, Hell, James, Salvation

Christians who want to live victoriously over the Devil’s temptations, and avoid strong disciplinary action from God the Father (Hebrews 12:5-11), must be sober and vigilant to detect Satan’s attacks (1 Peter 5:8). Before resisting him, we must submit to God (James 4:7), and then put on the whole armor of God each time we’re attacked (Ephesians 6:10-17). All his temptations are mental (2 Corinthians 2:11) and so the armor must be put on with the use of our renewed minds (Romans 12:1, 2). Let’s consider the –

Loins Of Truth. Truth involves our being open and honest, and not concealed. Nothing is or can be hidden from God (Hebrews 4:13). He’s omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). His Word is truth and His opinion of Himself, and of others is accurate and reliable (John 17:17). As the God-man, Jesus Christ declared Himself to be the truth (John 14:6) and equal to God the Father (John 5:18; 10:31) and the Apostle Paul affirmed this (Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9). When we declare the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), we can’t be telling lies or be gossiping at the same time (Acts 5:4-6; 1 Timothy 5:13-15; 1 Corinthians 13:6). Telling a half truth with the intent to deceive is also a lie. All those whose lives are characterized by telling lies (along with some other qualities) will be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8). Do you lie? How often? What are we supposed to do when we lie (1 John 1:9)? Do you know what the only unforgivable sin is (John 16:8-11).

Breastplate Of Righteousness. The Scriptures are clear, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). But God the Father loved us while we were sinners, and Jesus Christ, the God-man died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Unless Christ’s righteousness is put to our account, we won’t be able to enter into God’s presence in heaven (John 16:10). This righteousness can’t be earned by us lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). The only way we can get it is by imputation (Romans 4:11, 22). This happens to us when we place our faith in the Christ of the Scriptures (not the Christ of the cults) for our salvation. God’s sees believers as dying with Christ and rising with Him into newness of life (Galatians 2:20). This is known as “positional righteousness.” “Practical righteousness” is the result of living our lives rightly (God’s way). When a Christian realizes that the only real righteousness he has is what was imputed to him, he will have no cause to be proud (1 Timothy 3:6) or to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; John 15:5). I know. All this may seem foolish to some of you as the Apostle Paul said it would be (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14).  Even the Apostle Peter admitted that some of Paul’s writing were hard to understand (2 Peter 3:15, 16). But if God’s Word teaches it, believe it.

Feet – Gospel Of Peace. Spirit filled believers can/should be motivated to serve God and others (especially fellow Christians – John 13:34, 35; Galatians 6:10) by directing the Fruit of the Spirit properly (2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 John 2:15-17). We should endure all things for the salvation of those whom the Father has given to the Son (John 6:37, 44; 2 Timothy 2:10). Before an unbeliever can be saved, he must be exposed to the unadulterated Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then he must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” to be saved (Acts 16:31). Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Both Jews and non-Jews are saved the same way (Romans 1:16, 17). When a Christian is eager to share the Gospel with others, he won’t be stealing things but he will be giving to others instead (Ephesians 4:27, 28). He’ll discover that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). He won’t be spiritually lazy (1 Timothy 5:13) or bitter toward God or others (Hebrews 12:15; Ephesians 4:31)

Lawlessness. Believe it or not, Christians don’t have to sin even though we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1; 3:4). Sin (lawlessness or rebellion against God) has terrible consequences for unbelievers (Romans 6:23; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46), and for disobedient Christians whose physical lives could be terminated prematurely without losing their salvation (Hebrews 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). God will discipline His children and do whatever it takes to transform us into Christ’s image (Romans 12:1, 2).  Yes, we believe in the eternal security of every true believer (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). Sadly, there are many people who profess Christ as Savior without possessing eternal life as a present possession (Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 5:13). Are you one of them? Make sure you’re saved.

Provision. God has provided everything a Christian needs to live a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9; 2 Peter 1:3) and to live victoriously over his spiritual enemies: the devil, his own sin nature, and the present world system. But we must be diligent and study God’s Word carefully (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17).  Then we must apply “grace truths” for Christians to our own lives (James 1:22).  All Scripture is for us, but not all of it is to us (Titus 1:9).

Wisdom. God delights in giving wisdom to believers who ask Him for it (James 1:5). We need to be patient and wait for God’s perfect timing (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:25). In the meantime, Christians are to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 6:10). Are you doing this?

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To be continued.

 

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