What are the weapons of warfare against sin?

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The spiritual weapons of warfare

Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus about the spiritual weapons of warfare: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will 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 Godpraying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—  and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:10–20. 1 Timothy 1:18. 2 Timothy 2:3-5; 4:7).

The weapons of God

  • The gird of the truth (1 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Corinthians 7:14; 11:10; Philippians 1:18)
  • The breastplate of the righteousness of Christ (Isaiah 59:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8)
  • The gospel of peace (Isaiah 52:7)
  • The shield of faith (1 John 5:4) for “without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • The helmet of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
  • The sword of the Spirit – the word of God (Hebrews 4:12)
  • The continual prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 4:16)

The weapons of the world

The worldly weapons are wealth, talent, knowledge, prestige, status, influence, twisting of truth, force, and human plans (2 Corinthians 3:1). The Christian should refuse to fight with these weapons, for the principles of heaven do not allow the use of such means (John 18:36). If the salvation of people and the spreading of Christ’s kingdom relied upon human talent, wisdom, and strength, Christianity would be merely a man-made religion.

Love produces obedience

Without obedience motivated by love there can be no genuine spiritual victory in the Christian experience (Matthew 7:21–27). Christ has revealed the nature of true obedience (John 14:15, 21, 23, 24; 15:10; 17:6, 17). All true believers will gladly yield themselves to the loving authority of Christ.

To surrender to authority, especially that of Christ and His Word, is remedy to the corrupt heart. The main reason why the truth has not spread more in the world and in the lives of people is their unwillingness to make God first in the life and to accept the authority of the entire Word of God.

Victory through God

The spiritual weapons of warfare come from above heaven and are made available to the believer through the service of angels (2 Corinthians 1:12; Ephesians 6:10–20). These weapons are supported by the strength of Christ and the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4). God calls men to war against sin, prepares them for the fight, and grants them of victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). He supplies them with all the power they need (2 Corinthians 2:14).

No man-made weapon can withstand the weapons of heaven. For “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Therefore, the believe can triumphantly declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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