10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The church’s fulfilling of God eternal purpose, yet on the negative dealing with God’s enemy. There is more to be covered, that we need to exercise our will strongly. To deal with God’s enemy, to fight against the evil forces of darkness we need to be empower with the greatness of the power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the heavens, far above all the evil spirits in the air. In the spiritual warfare against satan and his evil kingdom, we can fight only in the Lord, not in ourselves, whenever we are in ourselves, we are defeated. To defeat God’s enemy we need to put on the whole armor of God, put on is an imperative a command, God has provided the armor for us. But he dose not put it on for us, rather we ourselves must put it on exercising our will to corporate with him. The whole armor of God’s is for the entire body of Christ, not for any individual member of the body, the church is a corporate warrior, and the believers are part of this unique warrior. Only the corporate warrior, not any individual believer, can wear the whole armor of God. We must fight the spiritual warfare in the body, not as individuals. To sit with Christ is to participate in all his accomplishment, to walk in his body is to fulfill God’s eternal purpose. And to stand in his power is to fight against God’s enemy. See now the blood and the flesh refers to men behind men of blood and flesh are the evil forces of the devil, which are against God’s purpose. Our wrestling our fighting not be against men but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. The rulers, the authorities and the world-rules of this darkness are the rebellions angels, who followed satan in his rebellions against God and who now rule in the heavenlies, over the nations of the world. Brethren it is the whole armor of God, not just apart or some parts of it, that we need for the spiritual warfare. To take up the whole armor, the body of Christ is needed, individual believers are not sufficient for this fight. In this fighting we need to stand to the end, having done all we still must stand. The girding of our loins is for the truth and strengthening, of our entire being, for the spiritual warfare. To put on the breastplate of righteousness is to cover our conscience, we need a conscience to a void of offense. We for fighting the battle, the gospel of peace, is a firm foundation for stand in battle. The shield of faith is, to take up to protect ourselves against the attached from the enemy. Receiving the helmet of salvation is for covering our mentality, against the negation thought shot by the evil one. The sword, the spirit, and the word are one.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin