Ephesians: Christ’s Pattern for Spiritual Warfare. Sitting with Christ (1—3) Striding with Christ (4—6:9) Standing with Christ against Satan-Demons (6:10-20). Ephesians & Spiritual Warfare. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Text of Ephesians: Christ’s Pattern for Spiritual Warfare
Ephesians:Christs Pattern for Spiritual Warfare
Sitting with Christ (13)Striding with Christ (46:9)Standing with Christ against Satan-Demons (6:10-20)
Ephesians & Spiritual WarfareBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
The Christian's Present Position
Where is the Christian?2:4-6:
The Christian's Realization of their Position in Christ:Holy Spirit Illumination
Sealing and IlluminationWe are sealed the moment we believe in Christ, but Holy Spirit Illumination is an on-going, life long process!
Striding with Christ The Concept of "Walk" in the Ephesian Letter
The Greek word translated as walk (peripateo,) is used in the Bible (especially in Ephesians) in a figurative sense " . . . signifying the whole round of the activities of the individual life . . ."(A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 654-55; Vine's Expository Dictionary of the New Testament, 1218).
Stride-Walk with ChristIs a visual metaphor for how we live in Christ and live for Christ in this demonically ruled, fallen world.
The Walks in Ephesians 4:1-6:92:10 Walk in 4:1 Walk in 4:17 Walk in 5:2 Walk in 5:8 Walk in 5:15 Walk in
Warning: The Achilles Heal of Mistaken Christian LivingWe cannot walk or live for Christ in our own power
All of the Walks depend on being Filled with The Holy SpiritThe Main Verb in 5:18 is a CommandBe filled (plerousthe)We are commanded or instructed to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us.
Results of being filled with the Spirit:Paul in this context lists results or evidences in participle form or words ending in ing5:19: speaking . . . 5:19: singing and hymning 5:20: thanking . . . 5:21: submitting to one another . . .
How I think Eph. 5:18-21 should be diagrammed.Main verb of command: (Eph. 5:18)Be filled 5:19: speaking . . . 5:19: singing and hymning . . . 5:20: thanking . . . 5:21: submitting to one another . . . The Participles take their direction from the main verb and describe what happens because of being filled with the Spirit
How Being Filled relates to Walking with Christ:Being Filled leads to Walking with Christ
2:10 Walk in Good Works 4:1 Walk Worthy 4:17 Walk in Renewed Mind 5:2 Walk in Agape Love 5:8 Walk in Light 5:15 Walk in Wisdom
ConclusionsSitting leads to Striding only when we allow the Holy Spirit (whom we already have) to fill us or control us.
Sitting, Striding and StandingIf we understand what it means to beSitting with Christ,and we then Stride with Christ in this world,then and only then we will be able to Stand with Christ against Satan and demons.