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Spiritual Warfare (Part 2)

Tim Keller |  November 17, 1991

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  • Spiritual Warfare
Ephesians 6:10-13
RS 228-02

Ephesians 6:10–13

In Ephesians 6:10-13, we’re urged to lean on God’s might and protection to resist evil temptations. The battle we’re in isn’t against other people—it’s a spiritual one against evil forces. The main point is to stay strong when times get tough, armed with all the protection God provides.

1. Being a real Christian is like being in a battle

True Christians feel peace in their hearts, but also face struggles. This shows their faith and their participation in a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:10-12 uses the picture of soldiers fighting and wrestling to show how serious this struggle is. It’s a daily battle with forever outcomes. So, being a Christian isn’t about just sitting back—it’s an active fight for your soul that shapes who you will be eternally.

2. Christians know the battle is happening in many places

Christians believe in the Devil, and it’s vital to understand his tricks. Problems can come from both human mistakes and spiritual evil. A sermon by Richard Baxter about dealing with sadness emphasizes identifying different causes—like physical, mental, and even demonic influences. It’s also important to know the difference between true and false guilt. The Bible helps us understand and respond to personal and worldwide problems, recognizing both inner and outer evil forces. Even recent scientific discoveries about how the universe began support the belief in the supernatural.

3. The Devil is strong but can be defeated

There’s a contrast between two kingdoms, one dark and one light. Jesus shows humility and greatness, while Satan shows selfishness and downfall. People either live for themselves, under Satan’s sway, or humble themselves and rise up. The Devil’s power and weaknesses are emphasized, showing the need to rely on God’s strength and full protection. Participating in the Lord’s Supper is a way to recommit to God and turn away from wrong.



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