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Ephesians 6:11 The Strong Knight of God-Part 2

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INTRODUCTION:

1. Continuing last week’s introduction to the Armor of God...

A. We are going to be looking at over the next few weeks.

Ephesians 6:10–13 NKJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.

1. There are four lessons we need to remember from before we get to the individual pieces of the Armor of God.

A. We need to be strong in the Lord.

1. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be Godly leaders the world can follow.
Matthew 5:14–16 NKJV
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matt
2. The church needs strong leaders (Elders) who can lead them into the promise land.
1 Peter 5:2–4 NKJV
2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
3. The church needs strong members to inspire people to follow God.
1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
4. Where is this strength to come from?
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
5. How are we strengthened by the Lord?
Romans 4:19–20 NKJV
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

B. , We need the whole Armor of God in order to stand.

1. This is where we will start the lesson today but first, let’s finish remembering the rest of the lessons.

C. We need to realize that the Armor does not protect us from flesh and blood.

D. We need to do all that we can to stand.

BODY:

1. , WE NEED THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD IN ORDER TO STAND.

A. In order to be able to stand against the devil, the whole Armor is needed.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:13 NKJV
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.

1. A good knight never went into battle without part of his armor, because he knew that if he did, he would be weak and not able to protect that part of him.

A. His enemies would attack in the weakest part of the armor so if part of his armor was missing, that is were the enemy would attack first.

1. The devil is the same way; he attacks like a lion.
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

B. This is how the devil attacked Jesus.

1 Pt 5.8
1. Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights, and the Bible says that He was hungry.
Matthew 4:1–2 NKJV
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
2. Then, after Jesus had fasted, the devil began to tempt Him; the first thing the devil tried was to get Him to turn stones into bread.
Matt 4.
Matt
Matthew 4:3 NKJV
Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
3. Jesus’ reply would show that His Armor was not weak in that area and the devil’s arrows just bounced off His Armor, doing no damage.
Matthew 4:4 NKJV
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
A. Jesus knew a simple concept shown in this verse, which is: physical food is not as important as spiritual food, and this is what God had said in thus, Jesus’ Armor held strong.
Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
4. The devil would not give up that easily; he would try a different part of the Armor and shoot an arrow at Jesus, getting the same results.
Matthew 4:5–6 NKJV
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, “In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
5. Once again, Jesus would rely on His Armor for protection.
Matthew 4:7 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Matt 4.
A. Jesus knew a simple concept which is shown in His reply to the devil—God had said to not tempt Him; therefore, Jesus simply obeyed and told the devil what God had said.
Deuteronomy 6:16 NKJV
“You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah.
6. The devil would still not give up, until he had tested the whole Armor to make sure there were no weaknesses in it.
Matthew 4:8–9 NKJV
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
7. Jesus would show that, when used properly, the Armor of God has no weaknesses or flaws because once again, the devil’s arrows would just bounce right off.
Matt. 4.8-
Matthew 4:10 NKJV
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
A. Jesus showed an important concept that we all need in our lives—God is the only one who is to be worshiped!
8. The devil finally gave up, because he had tested the whole Armor and there were no vulnerabilities.
Matt
Matthew 4:11 NKJV
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

B. The devil tempted Jesus in every way that he could.

1. The devil can only tempt us in one of three ways.

1 John 2:15–16 NKJV
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2.15-

2. He tempted Jesus in all three ways but Jesus’ Armor held.

A. He tempted Jesus with the lust of the flesh when the devil told Him to turn the stones to bread.

Matthew 4:2 NKJV
And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
Matt 4.
1. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights; His flesh would have been hungry, showing Him to be a man able to be tempted in this way.
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
A. Jesus did not use the fact that He was God to not sin when tempted by the devil, because God cannot be tempted.
James 1:13 NKJV
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

B. The devil tempted Jesus with the pride of life when he said, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.”

Matt 4.6
Matthew 4:6 NKJV
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, “In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

C. The devil tempted Jesus with the lust of the eyes when he showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and then said, ‘Bow down and worship me and I will give them to You.’

Matthew 4:8–9 NKJV
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Matt 4.

3. When the devil fled after tempting Jesus in these three ways and Jesus was able to stand against the devil’s arrows, it showed that Jesus had the whole Armor of God on, because this is the only way the Bible says one can stand against the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6.

A. Jesus was God, but He did not use His Godhood to stand against the devil because God cannot be tempted. According to , Jesus was tempted; therefore, Jesus did not stand against the devil because He was God but because He donned the whole Armor of God.

1. Notice that the devil did not flee until he had tested the whole armor; therefore, putting on the whole Armor of God is submitting to God and resisting the devil so that he will flee.
James 4:7 NKJV
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
2. If you have one part of the armor off, then the devil is not going to flee.

C. As Christians, Christ is our Armor because apart from Him, we can do nothing.

John 15:5 NKJV
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

1. In order to have the armor of Christ, you must be in Christ.

A. According to and baptism is where one gets into Christ.

Galatians 3:27 NKJV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Romans 6:3 NKJV
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

B. In order to be protected by armor, a knight must put it on, which means to be clothed in the armor.

Galatians 3:27 NKJV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
1. In order for Christ to protect us, we must put Him on, just as a knight puts armor on; this is how we put on the Armor of God—by putting on Christ.

2. The way we keep the armor on is by remaining faithful.

James 1:12 NKJV
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

CONCLUSION:

1. Have you put on the whole Armor of God?

A. Are you God’s knight, who uses His armor to stand against the devil?

1. If you have not been baptised in obedience to Him, then you are not God’s knight because you have never put on His Armor.

A. You cannot stand against the devil without the whole armor of God and if you have not put on Christ, then God’s Armor is not available to you because Christ is our armor, and it is only through His strength that we can stand against the devil.

Ephesians 6:10–13 NKJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.
Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Eph

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