The Believer’s Armor: The Helmet of Salvation Podcast by Pastor Dr John MacArthur for Grace to You
Again this morning we have the wonderful privilege of coming to our study of Ephesians chapter 6. As you know if you’ve been at Grace Church for any length of time, we are committed to an expositional type of ministry, unfolding the truths of the Word of God verse by verse. And every once in a while we come to certain passages that are so weighty, have so much implicit truth, that really we wind up with kind of a theological study, and we become a little more topical in some sense because we dive a little more deeply into one thought or another.
And that has been the case in studying Ephesians 6; although we have treated it, in a sense, as exposition, flowing through the text, we have been unable to go along very rapidly insofar as moving through the text, and have just up to this point, discussed one piece of armor each week. And believe it or not, this morning we’re going to take one more, only we won’t even finish that; we’ll have to save the remainder for next time.
But we’ve been having a tremendous time discussing this whole Book of Ephesians, and most recently the armor of the Christian. And I want for our setting this morning to read to you verses 13 through 17, Ephesians 6:13 through 17. “Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girded about with truthfulness, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace; on top of all that, taking the shield of faith, with which ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
This morning again we have the privilege of coming to the sixth chapter of Ephesians, Ephesians, chapter 6, and we’re continuing the armor of the Christian. I’m sure aware by now that we haven’t hurried a lot through this. And the reason is because it’s so packed with great and wonderful truth for us, and we count it a tremendous privilege given us by the Lord to have the opportunity to share it with you, since it may be a long time that you will get back to Ephesians 6, again, if ever in the Lord’s timing, we wanted to do it as thoroughly as possible.
We’re looking at Ephesians 6, verses 13-17. And, as we wrap up the book of Ephesians, we’re examining the warfare of the believer and the resources that he has for victory. By way of introduction this morning, I want to respond to a question that arises always when you get into a discussion like we’ve been in the last few weeks. We have been discussing, quite at length, the subject of commitment. We’ve been discussing the dedication, the commitment, the sort of selling out of ourselves to obedience to fulfill God’s will in our lives. We’ve talked about the matter of disciplining ourselves, controlling our desires and coming into conformity and coming into the standards of Christ. We’ve talked about really being a soldier, a warrior and giving our best effort for his sake.