From start to finish, the book of Ephesians reveals our new and true identity in Christ. On Sunday, we concluded our study on Identity Issues by looking at Ephesians 6 which describes the spiritual battle we are engaged in and the armour and weapons given to us so we can stand and fight with strength and confidence. The outcome of this ultimate battle is clear—the Devil is defeated and dethroned—but we are currently engaged in a very real wrestling match against “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11 NLT).
We are living in a world where two kingdoms are at war. The trouble began in the Garden of Eden when Satan deceived Eve and her husband Adam by persuading them to come out from under the authority of their creator and His words of truth. When they decided to disagree with God, they committed an act of defiance and rebellion which transferred their authority and rulership to the devil. As soon as they came into agreement with Satan, he gained access control on planet Earth as “the god of this world” (2 Cor 4:4). He set up his kingdom of darkness and has been ruling ever since and opposing God.
Jesus came to Earth as the second Adam (Rom 5) and his ministry, words, life, death and resurrection re-established God’s kingdom on the earth and made salvation possible. Now, everyone who believes is “. . . rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of his dear Son” (Col 1:13). Jesus defeated Satan at the cross but the battle is still raging on. Why? Because the Son of God is allowing His church to enforce His victory and exercise His delegated authority on the earth to finish reclaiming what the devil usurped and stole. Since the first human couple forfeited their authority in the Garden, God has entrusted his redeemed sons and daughters with the clean-up operation of claiming back what was lost.
We do this by recognising the ultimate authority of God and His Kingdom and by placing ourselves fully under divine authority and operating in God’s chain of command. There is no place for “selective submission” in the kingdom of God where we pick and choose which aspects of His authority we will acknowledge and obey. The Lordship of Jesus and our willingness to follow God’s Word as our ultimate guide is not negotiable! I urge you to settle this issue once and for all because once you do, you are ready to do battle and have victory over the darkness.
The battle is on and we have a part to play. We also have armour and weapons to use. Want to learn more? You can listen to the message on the "sermons" link!
Fighting to win,