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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 8            Page 2

The Spirit Filled Life

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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 that
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 our own.
cf. Galatians3:27, Romans 13:14 and 2Timothy 2:1

** Alright then, how is being "strong in the strength of His might" different?

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 24

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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