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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 8            Page 3
V.11 (Cont'd.)

** What little word in that command is very important regarding our preparedness for the battle?

"full" - we are not to pick and choose just our favorite items. This is not shopping list, but rather a call to arms.

** What is it, here in verse eleven, that Paul is preparing us for?

He wants us to "be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." Methodia is used here for "schemes", and is the word we get our English word "method" from. It carries the idea of craftiness, cunning and deception. cf. Ephesians 4:14

** What are some of his schemes? How does the devil try trip us up in our walk with Christ?

1) Mixing error with truth - Genesis 3:4-5
2) Misquoting or applying scripture - Matthew 4:5-6
3) Promising good for those who will do his evil bidding - Luke 4:6-7
4) Appearing like angels - 2Corinthians 11:13-14, Galatians 1:8

V.12 ** How does Paul describe the Christian's lifestyle?

It is a "struggle". Pale - lit. hand to hand combat, many times to the death. This term was used to speak of wrestling and was characterized by trickery and deception.

** With whom are we not struggling?

Not against other human beings! Not "flesh and blood".

** Then with whom?

"against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places". These terms all refer to the different strata and rankings of those demons and the evil, supernatural realm in which they operate.

** Where is there realm located?

In the heavenly places - it is supernatural. From the atmosphere surrounding the earth, to all of creation. cf. Ephesians1:20, 2:6, 3:10

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