September 14, Reading 3 – Ephesians 6:10-24

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SAA Notes

It is good to meditate on relationship between the armour image and the truth each part portrays. Read Isaiah 59:15-17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8,9. Isaiah places this armour on Christ! Have you ever thought of the Christian’s armour as Christ’s armour? Do you realise how privileged you are?

SJA Notes

One very comforting thing that comes from Paul’s words here of the spiritual battle we are in, the wrestling with spiritual forces of evil, is that the whole armor of God is very much in keeping with all of scripture.

We have truth. Righteousness. Readiness to preach the gospel (tell people about Jesus). Faith. Salvation. God’s Word itself. Prayer.

These are not far-out alien ideas. Somehow we do not have a magical suit of armor given in a quest – These realities are grounded in God’s plan, in His steadfast love and faithfulness, His working all things for our good, His defeating death at calvary.

We come back to Jesus. God’s word become flesh. Our salvation. The author and perfecter of our faith. The Good Shepherd who preached to crowds of thousands through to individuals. The (only) righteous one. He always spoke the truth.

This is our God and Saviour, our Lord and King.

* Father God,

Thank You that You have allowed us to put on this armor, these truths that You have shown us throughout Your word.

Please help us to point to Jesus.

Please help us to be more like Jesus.

Please help us Lord God, because what else can we do but cry out to You.

Merciful God, thank You for Jesus!

Amen.

September 12, Reading 3 – Ephesians 5:1-21

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Verse 1 is directly related to Genesis 1:26,27. Salvation is not an insurance policy for eternity – it is the beginning of a new life, a different way to conduct relationships. It is living or walking in the LIGHT. The way of sanctification is therefore a matter of choosing wisdom rather than stupidity, with God defining the difference!