Veterans of the Cross –Notes/Study Sheet

(Eph. 6:11-18)

 

Introduction:

   * Veteran’s Day - day to honor the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces.

   * Veteran – old, experienced; long-practiced, especially in war/military. A person of long experience in some position.

   * Lord’s church composed of veterans of spiritual warfare against Satan. * Young soldiers of the cross should want to

      become veterans. Must take up cross daily (Luke 9:23) & persevere (Rev. 2:10).

   * Eph. 6:10-18: Gospel Armor. Paul told Ephesian church to beware of the devil’s deception. Used familiar example.

   * Ephesian letter written to those who didn’t fully realize power of/in Jesus. Ephesians shows these things about Jesus:

      - Jesus’ grace (Eph. 1: 6–7) His glory (Eph. 1:12,14), His purpose (Eph. 1:9,11), His inheritance (Eph. 1:18), power

      (Eph. 1:19), love (Eph. 2:4), workmanship (Eph. 2:10), Spirit (Eph. 3:6), gifts (Eph. 4:11), sacrifice (Eph. 5:2),

      strength (Eph. 6:10), and His armor (Eph. 6:11-18).

 

1. Belt of Truth

   * Roman belt supported battle weapons.

   * Gird yourself w/truth. Satan will lie (Gen. 3:4)

   * We must study the Word (II Tim. 2:15).

   * Fasten on the belt of truth (II Thess. 2:10; I Tim. 2:3-4).

2. Breastplate of Righteousness

   * Some Roman breatplates made out of leather, small interwoven brass rings or single piece of molded bronze.

   * It protected vital organs. Spiritual breastplate protects our heart, where God’s laws are written (Heb. 8:10)

   * God’s laws written on our hearts through exposure to them.

 

3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Fitted with Readiness)

   * Roman shoe of the “sandal” variety. Thick leather soles studded with nails to provide stability in combat. Came above

      the ankle and held to foot by leather straps.

   * The Gospel prepares us for battle. Jesus’ mission on Earth put us at peace w/God.

   * The issue is readiness! Christian’s feet must be ready to carry Gospel to every creature (Mt. 28:19-20).

   * I Pet. 3:15 –

   * Isa. 52:7 –

 

4. Shield of Faith

   * Large Roman shield 4’ tall & 2’ wide. Could cover whole body. Offered protection against fiery arrows.

   * Faith in God & His promises deflects doubt.

   * Real faith – Heb. 11:6; Acts 4:12.

 

5. Helmet of Salvation

   * Roman helmet usually made of bronze, iron, or leather. Cheek pieces protected cheek. “Shelf” protected neck.

   * Paul says helmet of salvation essential for deliverance. Consists of: Hearing word of God (Rom. 10:17); Believing it

      (Mark 16:16); Repenting (Luke 13:3); Confessing faith (Matt. 10:32-33); Baptism (I Peter 3:21); continued

      faithfulness (Rev. 2:10).

   * Helmet protects us from Satan’s attack.

 

6. Sword of the Spirit

   * Roman soldier carried small dagger and large double–edged sword for thrusting. Sword was usually about 24 inches

      long, and 2 inches wide w/parallel sides.

   * Sword of the Spirit a deadly weapon to Satan when rightly divided and used w/understanding.

   * II Tim. 3:16-17 –

   * Is the source of our faith (Rom. 10:17) and through it, we’re saved (Jas. 1:21).

 

Join the Lord’s Army today and fight the good fight of faith! The promise of Heaven is there for those who are veterans in His cause! (Rev. 2:10; II Tim. 4:7-8).

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  11/15/09 a.m.