Ephesians 6:10-14

Spiritual Warfare Part 2


INTRO: He was a professional thief - His name stirred fear in the hearts of men, like desert wind stirred tumble weeds.


A.)    Even the most rugged frontiersmen were scared of him

          1.)     For 13 years starting in 1875 - he held up 29 Wells Fargo             Stage coaches successfully - amazing!  Never fired a shot


B.)    Weapons: fear,  intimidation and Deception

          1.)     Ride up to a stage and the driver of the stage see this man               Dressed in black sitting on horse - identity never described - black hood


C.)    Newspapers - San Fran - New York - Black Bart!

          1.)     One of the most notorious outlaws of all time!


D.)Finally caught up with him - 13 years - wasn't wicked outlaw,       crazed killer - death valley .... very smart, file clerk - from Decatur, Illinois

1) Amazed at the havoc he caused


This man, Black Bart, in black hood, reminds me of another one who has been terrorizing and haunting our society - humanity globally

A.)Weapons - like Black Bart - fear & intimidation/ Deception :  SATAN


B)              he tries to get into your mind - cause you to fear, be intimidated           listen to lies - stumble, compromise


C)But like with Black Bart - when they found out he was just a smart file clerk – (our reaction when we see our foe- Amazed caused so much trouble)

          1.)Don't get me wrong - I believe the devil has power - no doubt


D.)    But when we see him in light of our Hero - Our King we are going           to say "this is he who held the world captive"

1) Not because of his lack of power - but because doesn't compare           with our Lord - Our King!

Eph 6 is about seeing Him who is our King - It is about laying hold of the provision He  has given

A)It is about standing strong - not in our strength  but in His!


2 Tim 1:7 - The Lord has not given a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind"


B) Study last time we talked about the Battle in General – and the overall Strategy of our ENEMY-

1)   How he uses the things of this world to entice our flesh – to get us to live in a way that is independent of God – Do our own thing


C) Tonight we are going to begin to break down the Armor that God has given to us – Enabling us to Stand Strong against the Attacks …..enemy

1)   As we look at each individual piece of Armor we will discuss how applies to a specific Tactic or Device – of the Enemy


MORE INDEPTH STUDY ………………………………………….


Set Scene: Paul is writing from prison -  chained to Roman soldier

A.)    In that setting the Lord gives him this insight into spiritual warfare


B) And using the very Armor that was common to the Roman Solider God gives us a [Visual Picture ] of what the Christian is to be Clothed w/


C) Notice v.11Put on the whole Armor - Whole thing – not partial

          1.) Football player -  foolish /no helmet and pads - won't work


2 DIVISIONS to this Armor -  HAVING & TAKING

A)1st  3 - he says "having girded waist w/ truth; having put on the           breastplate of Righteousness, having shod feet w/ ..."


B.)    By using the word "having"  puts this in the past tense / Something that has already happened - when did this happen? { Moment received JC

C.) App is this : The first 3 pieces of armor deal w/ who you are in Christ. Your position

1) They deal w/ knowing what Christ has done for you and in you!    

                   Not redoing but knowing!


D.)    Example: You don't go out each day and re-check the           registration on your car!  Make sure this is my car

     1) You know!  (wish it wasn't)   but you know - put key in and drive



Now In the second list the verb usage is different  - present tense - take up  shield, helmet, sword - praying always - daily action!

A)Now I believe the late pastor Ray Stedman - pointed out an           interesting insight into armor - wrote:


The armor is nothing more than a symbolic description of the Lord Himself! The armor is Christ and what He is prepared to be and do in each one of us!"  When Paul speaks of these various pieces of armor he is speaking of Christ and how we are to regard him, and how we are to lay hold of him as our defense against the strategies of the devil. It is not merely Christ available to us, but Christ in us being appropriated by us!      


B) SO First remember - every piece of armor is directly related to who Jesus is and what He has done - who we  are in Him



Consider tonight those first 3 pieces of armor - having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

A)As Paul is sitting in prison next to soldier - the 1st thing the Lord draws his attention to is the belt around waist!


B) Roman Tunic / purpose of belt - hold up tunic and to hold sword!      Holds breastplate in place      Idea is readiness!/ Freedom of movement

2 Tim 2:4  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.


C)              But see Satan wants to Entangle you w/ the things of this life & one way that he tries to do that is by Loosen that Belt of Truth

1) If you and I are going to stand strong against the attacks of the enemy is important that we first of all have this belt of truth on.


Question: What is the belt of truth we are to have on represent ?

A)First consider what it doesn’t represent:  - Some have erroneously taught - that is simply means to  be honest, truthful - person of integrity!


B) Those are Biblical & admirable traits to have – but that is not what this belt is referring to – for 2 Reasons

1)   1st When we are involved in Battle – the Bible never ever seeks to get us to rely upon our Abilities – The focus is never us


C) David w/ Goliath – Wasn’t that he was good w/ a Sling Shot – It was that the God who delivered him from the Lion & the bear

1)   Would be the same one who would deliver him from the Giant


1)   Same w/ Joshua at Jericho – it wasn’t their Strength / Gideon etc


D) So to say that this Belt of Truth is your Commitment to try & be an Honest & truthful person – puts the focus on you

1) Strong in your Strength & the Bible doesn’t encourage us to do that!!



2ndly I ask you this what good is your honesty - against the lies/           cunning and craftiness of Satan?

A)He is smarter than you  and all of us – have already Lied at different points – which means – He has opportunity to throw that in our faces


B) NO this belt of truth must be talking about something different

The truth we are to be ready with INVOLVES 2 THINGS

1st it is the truth concerning who Jesus is – God in the Flesh – Jn 10:33

A) That Jesus is the only way to God – JN 14:6


B) That Jesus work on the Cross was Sufficient to pay the price for man’s sins


C) Now we saw in our study last time – Eve in the Garden – Satan Questions the truth / Has God said

1) Key tactic – He wants to get us to doubt God’s word


D) He then DENIES – God’s word – You will not die

1) Then he substitutes his own lie - "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."




Satan constantly is attacking Who Jesus really is

A) Question : Was Jesus really God or Just a very important man ?

Denial: Jesus is not the only way to God/ but  one of the many ways ?


B) Substitute: You can’t trust t in Jesus to save you – Focus on being a good person – living by the golden rule – that is the ticket


C) So first of all if we are going to stand against the attacks of the enemy we need to make sure we are clear on who Jesus is So first

1) God / only way/ Redeemer


2ndly the Belt of Truth represents not just who Jesus is but also Who we are in Jesus

A) Saved / set free from sin / John 8:32 - "Know the truth and the truth shall set you free!  / V.36 -………… son makes free is free indeed"


B) It is knowing that I am accepted in the beloved – into God’s family on the basis of What Jesus did for me

1) I am blessed / I am forgiven / I am loved / I have an inheritance / all the promises of God are available to me – all Because of who I am in Christ


C) So I can stand in that truth that – confident in that truth that God is for me / if God is for me who can be against me

1) SO the Belt of Truth – represents – who Jesus is / Who I am in Him /


Now watch how these other pieces of armor are connected to this Belt

A) Next Paul moves to the Breastplate of Righteousness – Now the Breast plate of the Roman Solider was fastened to the belt –


B) And likewise there is a connection between the belt of truth and the Breastplate of righteousness


C) The Breastplate – consisted of 2 parts of layered metal scales that was fastened upon leather –One  that covered the front & the other the back


D)  Now Some Bible teachers say that we have to always be moving forward because there is no armor that covers the back side

1)   Now although it is true that the Lord wants us to always be moving forward in our walks


E)  The truth of the Matter is that the Lord has left us fully Protected on all sides – the Breastplate covered the front & the Back .

1)   Means we are Protected even from Surprise attacks


Also Notice is  that the breast Plate covered the VITAL organs – in fact in Roman times – it was called the HEART GUARD !!!

A)That the area of the Chest that covered that area of the VITAL  organs the Heart/  Lungs / intestines / abdomen /


B) Covered that area central to emotions – the heart { Satan plays on our

 emotions - big weapons are Guilt & Condemnation { Breastplate crucial

So what is this Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS – THE  layered  ASPECT OF THE Breastplate gives us a clue .

A) It speaks to us of  two aspects of our RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST – IMPUTED / IMPARTED




C) The Bible speaks of righteousness that is imputed to all who believe

Rom 3:21- 22, But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe.


Rom 4:24  . It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.



D)Paul declares that there is a righteousness of God APART FROM THE

     LAW -   The Law is RIGHTEOUS – Problem is we can’t follow it

1)   So the Law Condemns us { Guilty – Satan accuses


But there is a Righteousness of God that is apart from the Law

A)      it is the Righteousness of Christ – that is Imputed or Transferred when believe in Jesus


B)      Paul put it this way in 2Cor. 5: 21  For He made Him who knew no sin

to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


C)      Key is in that last Phrase – IN HIM -  We come to Christ – thru faith / He comes to Live in us thru His Spirit

1)   But we are also placed IN HIM – The Father sees us righteous in His Son – Covered in the righteousness of Christ

This aspect of our Breastplate - Speaks of our POSITION IN CHRIST –

Is 61:10 -     I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.


D) As a result of this Paul wrote in Rom 8:1 -No Condemnation.... in Christ



Now it is important that we understand – because Satan is the accuser of the brethren this righteousness becomes our Breastplate, of Protection

A)   This is basically how it works – the devil comes along & finds us flat on our faces in some failure / & he begins to Condemn us !!!


B)    He places thoughts in our minds ( fiery Darts) like  how can you call yourself a Christian – blowing it like that”

1) Fight w/ your wife: Supposed to be Mr. Christian/ Bob the godly husband -  yea right -    


C)   Great influence on Kids -  why pray / give it up / FAILURE –worthless { That is what Satan does all the time


But this is how this IMPUTED righteousness works / Protects us

A)   When Satan the accuser of the brethren comes along seeking to condemn us like this / pointing out our failure


B)   Here is how we respond – You are  right / it is true everything that you are saying is absolutely right – I blew it –

1)   But oh how thankful I am that my Righteousness has nothing to do w/ whether I fail or Succeed


C)    But everything to do w/ the Fact that Jesus did not fail but He succeeded

1)   He died for my sin & Rose again & now I am Righteous in HIM

                 There is no Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus –

That is the Protection of God’s truth – found of IMPUTED Positional Righteousness – that is the First layer

A)   However there is a second layer – Briefly Discuss – would call  Imparted practical Righteousness


B)   It is imparted to us because it comes to us directly from the Lord & is the Direct work of God’s Spirit in our Lives

1)In 2 Pet.1:4 We are told that we have become Partakers of a divine nature


C) Salvation is not merely the Declaration that we are now Righteous but it is Simultaneously an impartation of the DIVINE nature of God

A)   LJ puts it this way


The Seed has been put into me, and that seed grows and develops. This is what is meant by the idea of ‘imparting’ righteousness.  Another term that has sometimes been used states that the righteousness is  ‘infused’ into me. It is not only put upon me as a cloak and a covering, but also ‘infused’ into me.  It is comparable to a blood transfusion where the blood from one person is put into the circulation and the blood of another. It can be ‘transfused’ or ‘infused’, ‘injected’, ‘imparted’ --- these are all terms which stand for the same operation.”    MLJ


B) That transfusion of God’s life and power into my life – results in Power to live righteously to walk victoriously in this world


Eph.3: 20  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,


Col. 1: 29  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

 C) That is what has been made available to me thru Christ



So having on the Breastplate of Righteousness is Knowing I have been made Righteous in Christ

A)   And  that the Lord has imparted / infused w/ in me the power to live a Righteous life thru the H.S. living inside of me / as I yield to Him


B)   As I walk in the Spirit after not after the Flesh

1) Discover that God’s Commandments Become God’s enablements –


Now the next piece of armor is directly connected to this righteousness that we experience as a result of God’s truth - 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace

A) Doberman Story ……. Ran …… Baseball – worn out cleats –

       Pt is good shoes are a necessity


Bb) And when talking about soldiers a good pair is vital part of their equipment

          1)      Needed for marching / climbing / running / being sure

                   footed in fighting the enemy!


C)     Shoe of the Roman solider was a specially designed / sandal

                   w/ the thickest leather bottom possible .

          1)      In the leather was attached nails called hobnails 


D)     When wearing this sandal the solider could step on stakes

          thorns, rocks -& not be fazed at all! {

          1)   In hand to hand combat the nails would grab into any surface

                   allowing him to stand steadfast & fight !



So they had this especially designed shoe for battle & God has given us such a shoe so that we can Stand / w/ stand / standfast – { Immovable

A) Now what do these shoes represent ? What is this peace referred to here?   1st consider what it doesn’t represent


B): There is a common misinterpretation that occurs when talking about - feet being shod w/ prep ... peace!


In Rom10:15 - Paul said how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace:  who bring glad tidings of good things!"


C.)    Because of that some have taught that having your feet    covered w/

         the gospel of peace means - to be preaching the gospel


D.)    But a simple rule of interpretation in scripture is to take the     verse

         in context w/ rest of passage

          1.)     This passage is about standing strong in spiritual battle it                       is not about evangelizing!


E) Although it is true that the gospel is awesome & we need to share it / & there is a blessing to those who do!

          1) And it does bring peace to those who believe & Receive- the Focus

                    here is on Spiritual warfare and Standing strong


And These first 3 pieces of armor are talking about who we are in Christ – not what we are do be doing for Christ { Having = past tense

A) Not  talking about something you do / but what you have already in Christ


B) So what does having your feet shod w/ preparation of the gospel of peace represent?  / 2 aspects of this peace


C) Because we have embraced the truth concerning who Jesus is and what Jesus did to save us

1) We are now covered in the righteousness of Christ – God sees us now not in our sin but in His Son – Saved redeemed / righteous


D) Which means that now we get to experience being at Peace w/ God



Ps 32:1-2  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,  Whose sin is covered.   2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,



Rom 5:1,2   Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace w/ God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

A) Knowing that we are at peace w/ God helps us to then be able to experience the peace of God


Phil 4:6,7   Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


How does it relate to the battle: Our enemy Jesus described as a thief and a robber - and he seeks to rob us of our peace!

A)     One tactic of the enemy is to make you feel being at peace w/

          God isn't as easy as just believing in Jesus / ( must do more)


B) God’s word tells us that salvation is a gift that we receive – but Satan  says no – not that easy you need to  earn it


C)     Instead of just receiving & enjoying Him / Satan Tries to get us to

          seek to earn favor we already have !

1) Once we realize that it can’t  be earned-  / just enjoyed!   There is Peace


Another way is thru the storms & that come into our lives

A.)    What is opposite of peaceful setting?  stormy !- exactly what he           seeks to do - when storms into your life!


B.) He is the author of confusion: of chaos – Tactic “ you wouldn’t be going thru this if God really loved you – really was w/ You” 


C.)    Having my feet shod w/ the preparation of the gospel of peace           doesn't mean - I won't experience storms / confusion

          1.)     Doesn't mean chaos - won't invade my life!


 John 16:33 - "these things spoken that in me you may  have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer - I have overcome the world!


E.)     It is a given that as believers we are going to face difficulties -        but having my feet shod w/ the prep of gospel of peace

          1.)     means that I can experience the peace of God in the midst                       of that situation - because I know I'm at peace w/ God!


F) Jesus Disciples in the boat – He is w/ Them – He is at rest

1) Petco – Amy – She is in Gods hands  !!!!


So having our Waist girded w/ truth is standing in the truth concerning who Jesus is / Who we are in Him { Resulting in:

A) Covered in his righteousness – against the accusations of the enemy

 Filled w/ Power to walk in Victory { Live righteously


B) Standing in the reality of the Peace w/ God – which enables us to experience the peace of God – knowing – He is in Control