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Jerald Finney
Copyright © January 1, 2018


Re12.10Accuser“To Satan, under God, was committed upon earth the power of death (He. 2:14). Cast out of heaven as his proper sphere and ‘first estate,’ he still has access to God as the ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Re. 12:10) and is permitted a certain power of sifting or testing the self-confident and carnal among believers (Job 1:6-11; Lk. 22:31-32; 1 Co. 5:5; 1 Ti. 1:20); but this is strictly permissive and limited power, and believers so sifted are kept in faith through the advocacy of Christ (Lk. 22:31-32; 1 Jn. 2:1).

The vision of Satan in Ezekiel 28, as we have seen, is not of Satan in his own person, but of Satan fulfilling himself in and through an earthly king who arrogates to himself divine honours, so that the prince of Tyrus foreshadows the beast (Dan. 7.8; Rev. 19.20).” Individuals, families, and churches are also targeted by Satan and his demons, as we learned in lesson 3.

Satan’s privilege of access to God as accuser will someday be withdrawn (Re. 12:7-12). At the return of Christ in glory Satan will be bound for one thousand years (Rev. 20:2) after which he will be ‘loosed for a little season’ (Rev. 20:3, 7-8) and will become the head of final effort to overthrow the kingdom. Defeated in this, he will be finally cast into the lake of fire, his final doom. The notion that he reigns in hell is Miltonic, not biblical. He is prince of this present world-system, but will be tormented in the lake of fire.”Except for a remnant, individuals, families, churches, and nations choose the principles of Satan over the principles of God.

Our Lord demonstrated how to counter the temptations offered by Satan in Matthew 4.8, 9:

  • “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things  will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

The believer is also told, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ep. 6:11-13).

Ep.6.14-17Then, in Ephesians 6.14-18, we are told what that armour is:

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Also, love God, not the world. That means love the eternal, the heavenly, the spiritual not the temporal, the earthly, the fleshly. 1 John 2.15-17 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”


Sermon series on Satan by Pastor Jason Cooley of Old Paths Baptist Church:

Satan Your Enemy – 14 Sermons
Satanic Roots of Evolution – 5 Sermons
Satanic Roots of Rock Music – 4 Sermons
Satan’s Gospel – 2 Sermons

Lesson 14: A Church Is a Spiritual Body (Ephesians)

The Church Is To Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ: The Soldier’s Protection and Example – Ephesians 6.10-24
(15 questions with answers following)
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Added on April 14, 2017

Answers at the end, following the questions
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Ephesians 6:13-24: [THE SOLDIER’S PROTECTION]: 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

[THE SOLDIER’S EXAMPLE]: “19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” <>

  1. The key to this section – Ephesians 6.13-18, are the words ___ s________. When the Bible speaks of believers as fighters, it says we are to s_________.
  2. The enemy (Satan and his demons) is working where

    a. people are drinking and partying.
    b. the Gospel is given out.
    c. Word of God is preached.
    d. b and c.
  3. _______ therefore, having your loins girt about with the _______, and having on the breastplate of _________________” Ep. 6.14. This is the _________ time he gives this exhortation (“________”) to believers. The _________, in that day, held in place every other part of the uniform of the soldier. The girdle here is ________ which is the ______ of _____.
  4. The ________, in that day, held in place every other part of the uniform of the soldier. The girdle here is _______ which is the ______ of _____.
  5. “Having on the breastplate of righteousness.” Here, the righteousness spoken of is

    a. the self-righteousness of the believer.
    b. Christ.
    c. the practical righteousness of the believer.
    d. b and c
  6. “Your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” We need a good, solid foundation. In hand to hand combat, the army teaches soldiers to have their feet anchored. The feet of the believer are to be anchored in:

    a. the Rock.
    b. Christ.
    c. the church.
    d. a and b.
  7. “Above all, taking the ________ of _______, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery _______ of the _________.” The _________ covered all the armor. Faith enables a believer to stand behind that shield (C_______) which will quench all the fiery darts of the w_________ When someone asks a question about the Bible, or you have such a question, which you cannot answer at the time, put on the ________ of _______. You can rest assured that the question has an ________ which will verify the Bible.
  8. “And take the helmet of salvation.” The helmet protects the ______. God appeals not only to the heart, but also to the ____________. Throughout the Scriptures, God uses ________ with man. Is. 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us _________ together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as ________ as ______; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as ______.” Paul reasoned with Felix. He appealed to the mind of this man as well as the heart. “And as he ____________ of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” Ac. 24:25. “So then faith cometh by __________, and hearing by the ______ of ____.” Romans 10:17.
  9. The salvation of the sinner is:

    a. good works.
    b. baptism and the sacraments administered by a priest.
    c. Christ.
    d. a and c.
  10. All parts of the armor mentioned in these verses are for d_________. Everything is in ________ of the individual. There is no protection for his ______. Nothing is provided for __________. A retreating believer is open season for the __________.
  11. The weapons of the believer for offense are:

    a. the Word of God.
    b. prayer.
    c. church attendance.
    d. a and b
  12. __________ always with all ________ and supplication in the _________.”
  13. In verses 19-22 ______ was a good soldier of _______ ________.
  14. Paul entrusted __________ to carry the epistle to the ___________, to give a personal account of his conditions and the prospects, and to __________ their hearts.
  15. In verses 23 and 24 are most of the great words of the Gospel: _______, ______, _______, and _______. One must know the grace of God before he can know the _______ of God. The love spoken of in verse 23 is love for other _____________. The love spoken of in verse 24 is for the _____ _______ ________. “Faith” means faith in _________ which produces love. “_______” is the key word of the epistle. It opened the epistle (1.2) and now it concludes the epistle.

Answers

  1. The key to this section – Ephesians 6.13-18, are the words to stand. When the Bible speaks of believers as fighters, it says we are to stand.
  2. d
  3. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with the truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness” Ep. 6.14. This is the fourth time he gives this exhortation (“stand”) to believers.
  4. The girdle, in that day, held in place every other part of the uniform of the soldier. The girdle here is truth which is the Word of God.
  5. d
  6. d (the Rock being Christ)
  7. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” The shield covered all the armor. Faith enables a believer to stand behind that shield (Christ) which will quench all the fiery darts of the wicked When someone asks a question about the Bible, or you have such a question, which you cannot answer at the time, put on the shield of faith. You can rest assured that the question has an answer which will verify the Bible.
  8. “And take the helmet of salvation.” The helmet protects the head. God appeals not only to the heart, but also to the intellect. Throughout the Scriptures, God uses reason with man. Is. 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Paul reasoned with Felix. He appealed to the mind of this man as well as the heart. “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” Ac. 24:25. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17.
  9. c
  10. All parts of the armor mentioned in these verses are for defense. Everything is in front of the individual. There is no protection for his back. Nothing is provided for retreat. A retreating believer is open season for the enemy.
  11. d (See, e.g., as to the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit, Hebrews 4.12; Re. 1,16, 19.21 (Christ uses the Word of God to meet Satan.)).
  12. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
  13. In verses 19-22 Paul was a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
  14. Paul entrusted Tychicus to carry the epistle to the Ephesians, to give a personal account of his conditions and the prospects, and to comfort their hearts.
  15. In verses 23 and 24 are most of the great words of the Gospel: peace, love, faith, and grace. One must know the grace of God before he can know the peace of God. The love spoken of in verse 23 is love for other believers. The love spoken of in verse 24 is for the Lord Jesus Christ. “Faith” means faith in Christ which produces love. “Grace” is the key word of the epistle. It opened the epistle (1.2) and now it concludes the epistle.

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