Ephesians 5-6 B

The post I wrote last time about 3-4 were a good reminder to me about what the whole of Ephesians is about. Then Carly’s 5-6 was dynamite.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (6:12)

This is way too easy to forget. The natural world feels like it’s closing in on us and we have definitely turned on each other about it. Especially as westerners, we don’t put a lot of stock in the spiritual realm. I feel like that is changing a little, and it’s good.

I’ve been listening to a podcast called “Almost Heretical“, lately, and they address this in a really solid way; taking passages in the Old Testament that fly over our western heads and connecting the dots. I highly recommend it. They’re on iTunes. Start from the beginning!

Maybe it’s too late to hope there could be unity in the Body of Christ, as Jesus prayed in the garden (John 17), but maybe not. We can’t always change people’s minds or actions, but we can take responsibility for our own. We can be like Christ and absorb blows instead of retaliating. We can be patient, hopeful, and unconditionally loving, by the power of His Spirit alive within us. We can “pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” (6:18)

Meditate on the armor of God.

  1. Belt of Truth – holding everything together
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness – protecting vital organs
  3. Shoes of Readiness – given by the of Gospel of Peace
  4. Shield of Faith – extinguishing flaming enemy arrows
  5. Helmet of Salvation – protecting thoughts
  6. Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God

What difference would it make if we put them on today?

-Bethany

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