Chapter Six, Lesson Three
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 8 Page
The Spirit Filled Life
V.10 ** The Christian's Warfare - After all we have learned
from this wonderful letter of Paul's, what is different about the way
he opens our passage for today?
"Finally" - This is a powerful use of this word, when we
take into consideration all of the elements of the Christian's life
and walk that Paul has addressed up to this point. Even though all of
was important, this too must not be overlooked!
** What two things does Paul want us to do, in addition to everything
else he has taught us?
1) Be strong in the Lord
2) Be strong in the strength of His might
** Let's look at these one at a time. What does it mean to "be strong
in the Lord"?
Very much like the exhortation to wives, husbands, children, parents,
employees and employers - this is speaking of the realm or sphere of
our strength. We have been clothed "in" Christ, we received
His indwelling strength, it is not something that we can generate on
cf. Galatians3:27, Romans 13:14 and 2Timothy 2:1
** Alright then, how is being "strong in the strength of His might"
More than just the realm or sphere of our strength, this is referring
to the limitless reservoir of power available to us through our relationship
with God Almighty because of the work of Jesus Christ.
This is speaking of God's strength, an active and effective power belonging
only to God - and we have it at our disposal. cf. 1John 4:4 and Jude
V.11 ** Having received this marvelous power from God, what is
the Christian to do with it?
"Put on the full armor of God". Remember that Paul is under
house arrest and chained to a Roman guard. As Paul looks at "his
prisoner", he will merely be using that soldier's attire to describe
how a Christian is to be prepared. That is the Holy Spirit's resourcefulness,
in inspiration, at work.
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