Chapter 25



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(Eph 6:10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Eph 6:11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph 6:12)  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. (Eph 6:13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand [to stand against, oppose: resist] in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph 6:14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (Eph 6:15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Eph 6:16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Eph 6:17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Eph 6:18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1.       stand = Gk: to stand:--abide, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up).


Commentary: As good soldiers of Christ Jesus, we are commanded to stand, to stand up to the devil, to face the devil, to resist the devil. What are the implications here? Well, in order to stand up to and resist the devil and his evil influence, we have to see him first. The devil is a spirit, an unclean spirit, a fallen angel, a demon, and if our spiritual eyes are closed, we are not seeing him, we are not recognizing him, and we are vulnerable to overt attack or a subtle ambush laced with temptation and deceit, a huge trap. False religion is a huge trap of strong delusion. Christians think they have put on the armor of God, which was the armor that David wore, but most Christians have put on the armor of King Saul – because they have never seen (discerned) the difference.

1.       (1 Sam 16:13-15)  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him [David, as King of Israel] in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit [a spirit of evil] from God troubleth thee.

2.       (1 Sam 17:38-40)  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass [i.e. Saul’s thoughts] upon his head; also he armed him with a coat [covering] of mail [brass]. And David girded his [Saul’s] sword upon his [Saul’s] armour, and he assayed to go [“Then he tried to go, but could not” Amplified]; for he had not proved [tested] it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

3.       brass = Heb: 5178. copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin, a fetter [a manacle or shackle]; fig. base [Syn: dishonorable, improper, ignoble, sordid, corrupt, vile, immoral] (as compared with gold or silver):--brasen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness, steel /// from 5154 /// from 5153. (perh. in the sense of ringing, i.e. bell-metal; or from the red color of the throat of a serpent when hissing); coppery, i.e. (fig.) hard:--of brass /// from 5175. nachash, naw-khawsh'; from H5172; a snake (from its hiss):--serpent /// 5172. nachash, naw-khash'; to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate:-- X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe [King Herod].

4.       (Gen 3:1)  Now the serpent [5175. nachash, naw-khawsh'; from H5172; a snake (from its hiss):--serpent] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

5.       (Eph 4:7-12)  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure [limited portion] of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:


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