The Armor Of God (Part 2)

0 comments

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, 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; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:13-17 NKJV)

 

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, we learned about the first armor of God “The Belt of Truth”, which is the general working knowledge of the Word of God. Today, we are going to learn about the second armor of God “The Breastplate”. What is exactly the “Breastplate”? The “Breastplate” is the imputed and imparted righteousness of Jesus Christ. Unless we put on the first armor of God “The Belt of Truth”, we will not be able to put on the second armor of God “The Breastplate”, which is to have a firm grip on the doctrine of justification.

The Armor Of God

0 comments

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, 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; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:13-17 NKJV)

 

The Bible tells us that Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights without food and water and at the end of His fasting, the Scripture says that He was hungry. This was the best opportunity for the tempter, so he came to Him to tempt Him. The Scripture reminds us in Hebrews 4:15 that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. He defeated the tempter right then and there using the armor of God. Jesus was tempted as a human being because God cannot be tempted and He taught us how to defeat temptation using the armor of God.

God Of Mercy

0 comments

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV)

 

The word “But” is a contrast that put everything that happened prior to verse 4 to a full stop. God is the person in charge that has so much power to stop dead (we all were dead in our trespasses and sins), reverse it and make dead alive. Why did He do that? God who is rich in mercy did it because of His great love with which He loved us. For this reason, we who believe in Him should change our attitude. Instead of grumbling, complaining, murmuring or arguing one another look at the cross, look again and keep looking, what do we see?

Be Full Of Love

0 comments

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV)

 

When we read Ephesians 4:25-31, we understand the word “therefore” Paul is using in verse 1 of chapter 5, better. Paul under the influence of the Holy Spirit says clearly “be imitators of God”. In other words, mimic God, imitate God, follow God’s example. There are a lot of things people imitate in this life, for instance, someone might say, “I want to be like Michael” and next he will start imitating everything Michael is doing. He will imitate the way Michael walks, the way Michael talks, etc.

 

The Judgment Seat

0 comments

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV)


What is the judgment seat (=Bema) the Bible is talking about? Will Christ sit on the judgment seat to judge both believers and unbelievers?  Who will actually be judged when He is sitting on the judgment seat? And when will it happen? The word “judge” in English has two different meaning. In one sense it could mean “condemnation”, while the other sense it could also mean “giving out rewards”. Will believers be judged in the sense of being condemned? Of course “NOT”, because the believing sinner has already been justified in Jesus Christ (Christ paid the penalty of sin for those who believe in Him in full-He said “it is finished”).