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Underestimate the Enemy at Your Own Risk

February 10, 2011

Ephesians 6:10 solemnly enjoins us, “Finally be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength!”

Clinton Arnold writes straightforwardly in his commentary introducing Ephesians 6:10-20

In this passage, Paul brings to a conclusion the moral exhortation he began in 4:1, where he appealed to believers “to walk worthily of the calling to which you were called.”  This injunction to give careful attention to how they walk is repeated throughout this second half of the letter (4:17; 5:2, 8, 15). Here (6:10ff.) Paul reveals that it may be more difficult to obey God and advance his kingdom purposes than many believers realize.

The aim of walking worthily of Gpod is actually a profound sruggle that goes beyond simply putting forth more effort or overcoming human obstacles. There are extremely powerful spiritual beings that strategize and carry out plans to derail the best intentions of Christians to live out God’s call in their lives. This theme of powerful supernatuural opposition to the people of God can be traced throughout the letter. These are the powers who held humanity in bondage before the redemptive work of Christ (2:2) and now threaten to find an inroad and set up a base of operations in the lives of people who have come to know Christ (4:27).

Thus, we need to “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength [and] Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

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