THE BELIEVERS' WARFARE
Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:11, 17
The battle lines are drawn. God has established the one true Church, the Body of Christ. The Body members, of which the Church is formed, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. We are guardians of the faith, charged with defending and preserving the righteousness "which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9). We are not promised an easy victory. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution .... For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake" (II Timothy 3:12, Philippians 1:29).
God gives us the armor. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." God gives us the weaponry. "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." In the end, God gives us victory! "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57).
The redemptive work of Christ has been completed. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His [God our Saviour's] mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:5-7). Now we are charged with the responsibility to "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called ... endeavouring to keep the. unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1b, 3).
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