God’s grace in our lives through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus changes our relationship with Him, our fellow believers, our family members, and workplace bosses and supervisors, but it also changes our relationship with the enemy of our souls, Satan. No longer is he at work in us through our sinful disobedience, no through faith in Jesus Christ we are now empowered by His equipping to withstand and victoriously overcome all of the attacks of the enemy. This is wonderful glorious good news. However, we must never be impressed with this advantage that we now have, rather we should always marvel that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The Holy Spirit through Paul teaches us to withstand the wiles of the enemy through God’s supernatural provisions so that we can stand faithful for Him to the end.
(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:10-12
We must always remember that our sufficiency to wage this battle comes from the Lord Jesus Christ and His mighty power. We are not sufficient in ourselves to fight this battle against the diabolical forces of darkness. They are well managed and well equipped, by ourselves we are easily defeated, but through Jesus Christ we can overcome all the attacks of the enemy. We must also realize that we battle an unseen foe, although he often works against us through flesh and blood. Our battle is not against them but against the unseen enemy who has taken them captive to do his will. The armor of God equips us so we can battle the enemy while seeking to set his captives free.
(13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (19) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20) For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:13-20
The evil day is all about us, and we must stand steadfast in the armor of God. We can overcome the evil of this day by standing steadfast in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, by standing firm in God’s Word the Holy Bible, and by walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth. We are equipped not only with the righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, but also with the righteousness of living in obedience to God’s Holy Word by the Holy Spirit. We can overcome the work of the enemy in the lives of his captives by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe. Our faith in Jesus Christ is more than sufficient to extinguish all of the fiery attacks of the enemy that are designed to undermine our walk with the Lord and our trust in Him. Our faith is strengthened as we know the Word of God and trust and obey the God of the Word. Redemption reassurance restricts the ability of the enemy to attack our hearts and minds. As we rest in the assurance of salvation we can battle against the accusations of the enemy with the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The Holy Spirit not only uses His Holy Word to reassure us of His redeeming love, but also to equip us to understand His Holy Word so we cannot be led astray by the work of Satan through deceitful false brethren. Finally, praying in the Holy Spirit, supplicating God for His blessings, mercy, grace and deliverance, allows us to be soldiers of the cross, upholding others in their ministry for Him, and partaking in the work of the gospel as it is broadcast throughout the world.
(21) But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: (22) Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. (23) Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus. Eph 6:21-24
Paul’s valediction encompasses the exhortation of this entire letter, in that it refers back to the relationship that we have with one another through the salvation that comes from faith in Jesus Christ, we are one in Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ has redeemed us from all unrighteousness and given us eternal life through His death upon the cross and resurrection from the dead and so we experience His work of grace in our lives and we reciprocate with sincere love for Jesus Christ and for the brethren. May Christ’s love constrain us to live for Him and love one another. Amen!
(3) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (4) Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, (5) For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; (6) Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: (7) As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; (8) Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:3-8
Lord Jesus Christ thank you that Your victory is our victory, that we can steadfastly overcome the attacks of the enemy in this evil day and stand for you. May You call out Your children from the apostasy that has overtaken the visible church, and may You make them victorious through Your might and power. May we Your children be faithful for You. Amen