'Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ' Ephesians 6:10-11
Ready For Action
The New Testament traces the full history of the church in Ephesus from its founding in Acts 18 to facing the rebuke of Jesus in Revelation 2:1-7.
The word Ephesus means desirable, and in many ways, it was certainly a desirable place to live. In the ancient world, Ephesus was a centre of travel and commerce. Situated on the Aegean Sea at the mouth of the Cayster River, the city was one of the greatest seaports of the ancient world. But for a Jesus follower, it was also a difficult and dangerous city to live in.
Resistance to the Gospel
The city was famous in its day for the nearby Temple of Artemis. It is quite possible when writing to encourage the believers to ‘find your source of power in the Lord… to stand firm against the crafty methods of the devil’ (v10, 11) Paul remembered a significant event in the life of that local church.
A riot was instigated against the church following the trade for silver idols and trinkets had dropped through the floor. So many people were leaving their old habits and traditions behind and stepping out in a new life following Jesus that the idol-making silversmiths were facing ruin. Nothing angers the devil more than the success of the Gospel.
Put On The Armour Of God
The solution for the Ephesians and us as we live for King Jesus in a warzone with the devil is to ‘put on the full armour of God’. It is God who has forged each piece of armour, it is God who freely makes it available to us and we are only able to employ them effectively by the power of God. However, we each must equip and dress as Paul describes again for his readers, Divine grace and human responsibility.
Join us each Sunday as we dig a little deeper into the metaphor Paul uses to encourage every believer to prepare for life as a Christian.