Jul 27, 2018
As Paul sums up his thoughts in Ephesians 6:10-24, he calls on his audience to be strong and in the strength of His might. He isn’t telling them to gut it up, He’s encouraging them to look up, to Jesus. They must recognize that their strength is in Him. Their hope is in Him. And their guarantee of eternity is completely up to Him. Paul reminds them that they are in a battle and it is not against earthly enemies. It is against spiritual forces that operate in the invisible realm, but who are anything but figments of men’s imaginations. They are evil and they are powerful. But we do not have to fear them. We have been provided all the armor we need to do battle with the enemy. But Paul reminds his readers, and us, that we do not fight alone. We are in this together, with Christ, but also alongside every other child of God. We make up a divine army that answers to the Lord of Hosts. We get our marching orders from Him. We fight in His name and according to His strength. And we do so, side by side, with every other believer. We are brothers in arms, not independent free-agents, operating as some kind of spiritual mercenaries for hire. We are called to fight together, not alone.