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Ephesians 6:16

I. Bible Passage In all of this, by taking up the shield, namely the faith, with which you will be able to extinguish/quench/dowse all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16) II. The three armors (i.e. the truth, righteousness, and peace) we saw till now are to be worn day-in and day-out. This…

Ephesians 6:15; cf. Colossians 3:15

I. Bible Passage 1. Stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness/firmness that comes from the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:14-15) 2. Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (cf. Colossians 3:15) II….

Ephesians 6:14b

I. Bible Verse Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on (middle voice) the breastplate, namely righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b) II. What does Satan do to believers? 1. Satan accuses God’s children (Revelation 12:10) 2. Satan accuses Joshua, the high priest (Zechariah 3:1-5) III. What does Satan’s attack do…

Ephesians 6:14a

Ephesians 6:14a Stand firm therefore, by fastening (middle voice vs. v.10a, passive) the belt of truth around your waist I. Satan’s weapon against followers of Jesus is “lie” 1. John 8:44 Murderer & liar: He [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When…

Ephesians 6:10

Verse 10: Be strengthened in the Lord, namely in the strength of His power I. (A portion of this specific section comes from Tony Evans’ Victory in Spiritual Warfare) Spiritual warfare: 1. Spiritual warfare started at the Garden of Eden (a) The Triune God and His adversary, Satan, are the primary participants (b) Instead of…

Ephesians 2:11-22

I. Before becoming followers of Christ, the Ephesian Christians were not united (vv. 11-13) 1. Divided over race—Jews and Gentiles 2. Jews looked down upon the Gentiles as inferior 3. Racially, the Gentiles did not enjoy what the Jews claimed to be enjoying (a) Separated from Christ (b) Excluded from commonwealth of Israel (c) Foreigners…

Ephesians 2:1-10

I. Paul contrasts his readers’ pre-Christian past with their Christian-present (2:1-10) 1. Before they became believers, the status of Paul’s readers was characterized by three things (2:1-3) (a) Dead (figurative)—alienated from God or affected by evil and thereby they did not have fellowship with God (verse 1, 3) (b) Completely under the influence of Satan—“world…

Ephesians 1:11-19

I. The phrase “in whom” refers to Jesus Christ who is the center of all things of the universe (cf. vv 9-10) II. The Jewish Christians—the first fruits of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection—were given a special privilege to enjoy the fortunes of Christ (verse 11) III. It is not only that they were brought…

Ephesians 1:7-10

I. Background of the word “redemption”, and “redeemer” 1. Leviticus 25:48 One of his brothers may redeem him, or his uncle or his cousin may redeem him, or anyone of the rest of his blood relatives—his family—may redeem him (cf. Ruth 4:4-6; Exodus 21:8, Psalm 49:7-8) 2. The related terms “redemption” and “redeemer” have the…

Ephesians 1:3-6

I. Paul exhorts the Ephesian Christians to speak well of God who has blessed (blesses) them with all spiritual blessings 1. There is a contrast between material blessing and spiritual blessing 2. The expression “spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms” refer to those blessings that transcend this world 3. Christ is the agent through whom…