CHRISTIAN ARMOR

The word “armor in this title will turn many Christians off.  Why do I say that?  Because many Christians do not understand that we are in a violent struggle for our eternal life.  The very thought of partaking in violence turns some people off entirely.  I am not talking of robbing a bank, beating someone up or slashing someone with a knife or committing some other physical form of violence that we see regularly on the news.

Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us what we are up against. Every translation I checked used the word “armor” in this passage. Armor offers protection.  Protections from what?  Verse 16 explains.

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The word “fiery” is Strong’s #4448 meaning “to kindle, i.e. (pass.) to be ignited, glow…”  “Dart” is #956 meaning “a missile, i.e. spear or arrow:- dart.”  If you were attacked physically with red hot glowing darts or some other form of missile, you can imagine the physical pain. But we are under a violent spiritual attack.  Study 1 Corinthians 1 0:11 carefully.

I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type”), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”
Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says about this word #5179: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

If you want to know what will happen in the end time, just study the physical examples that happened and were written down for us the end time Christians.  We do the spiritual application of what happened physically.  Remember the examples of Moses, Pharaoh, and the children of Israel.  Pharaoh was a physical king.  Study Ezekiel 29:3.

Eze 29:3  Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

We are dealing with a spiritual Pharaoh and it is very clear that it is Satan.  In this verse when you understand it clearly, Satan is claiming the River of Life, also claiming to have made it.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Get used to the idea of dealing with a lot of spiritual violence in doing your part of the end-time work.  Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16 are not written in vain.  They are a personal message from God to you.

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Luk 16:16  The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Entering the Kingdom of God was taken to a higher level starting with John the Baptist.  The word “violence is Strong’s #971 meaning “to force, i.e. (reflex.) to crowd oneself (into), or (pass.) to be seized:-press, suffer violence.”  It certainly takes effort to force your body through a smaller opening than the size of your body.  Also, remember this verse, Matthew 7:14.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

“Narrow” is Strong’s #2346 meaning “to crowd, (Lit. or fig.):- afflict, narrow, throng, suffer, tribulation, trouble.”  The word “violent” in Mat.11:12 is #973 meaning “a forcer, i.e. (fig) energetic: – violent.”  In Luke 16:16, the word “presseth” is #971, the same word translated “violence” in Matthew 11:12.  it is worthy of note that Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament translates #971 “to overpower, compel…”  these verses are not to be taken lightly.  They apply to all end-time Christians.

Let us look closer at Ephesians 6:10-18 about the armor of God and our options in dealing with spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

We are to be strong.  “Strong” is #1743 meaning “to empower:- enable, (increase in) strength, make strong.”   This describes our relationship with God and Christ.  Our faith and effort have to go through them.  We really have to depend on the power and might of Christ.  He has a major part in answering our prayers, but we have an active part to do as well.  “Power” is #2904, meaning primarily “vigor [great] (lit. or fig.) : – dominion, might, power, strength.” “Might” is #2479 meaning “force, forcefulness, ability, power…”  To put this verse more concisely, we have to have a powerful faith in Christ and his miracle working power.  Today is December 4, 2008 as I write, and every Christian knows that examples of Christ’s working miracles are in short supply at this time.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Some other Bible versions translate “whole” as “full” or “all.”  Armor offers protection.  In a physical battle in the old days, some soldiers wore whatever armor that was available.  Today’s police in the US wear bulletproof vests.  This verse should make it clear that we are entering a huge battle for our eternal lives.  Do not kid yourself.  This is extremely serious, if you want to live forever.  What are the WILES of the devil?

“Wiles” is #3180 meaning primarily “method.”  “Trickery” is another definition for this word.  It is also translated “strategies” or “schemes” in some translations.  The word “devil” is #1228 meaning primarily “traducer.”  Webster’ Dictionary says this means “to speak falsely of or misrepresent.”  Continue with Strong’s definition, “spec. Satan, false accuser, devil, slander.”  This means that we will be dealing not only with Satan, but also with the millions of demons following him.  These demons will be busy in their attacks on us, falsely accusing, slandering us, misrepresenting what we say and do.  Verse 11 is a guarantee from God that we will be under attack from Satan and demons and that our only defense is the armor of God.  Notice the wording in this verse.  It is an absolute fact that we will need the armor of God to stand against the methods and strategies of Satan and the demons against us.

Eph 6:12  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.

The fight is not against humans that we can see, but it is against unseen spirit beings that have supernatural power over us and they will use other humans against us.  We have no defense against them except through God’s promises in his Word.  That is why it is critical that we have the armor of God.  These unseen spirit beings are evil far beyond what we can imagine, BUT IT IS PART OF GOD’S PLAN FOR HUMANS AND WE MUST FIT INTO IT. The word “wrestle” is translated “fighting, struggling, match” by some Bible versions, but it all means the same.  We are in a fight for our spiritual lives.  “Principalities” is #746 meaning “a commencement, or (concr.) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): beginning…”  It is interesting that this is the same word translated “beginning” in John 1:1 describing Christ.

John 1:1  In the beginning [#746] was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“Powers” is #1849 meaning “(in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom…”   These “powers” Satan and the demons have is an ability to force their will on us.  We can obey the thoughts they put in our minds or they can make us pay a penalty that is within the limits that God has set.  It is interesting that this same #1849 is used in Luke 9:1 where it is translated “authority.”

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority [#1849] over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Notice that the apostles had this power, the shoe is on the other foot so to speak, also it is used in Luke 10:19 and translated “power.”

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power [#1849] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The disciples have the power in this instance.  What is implied here is that it is miracle-working power.  In Ephesians 6, this miracle working power is used against us and God allows it.

Back to Ephesians 6:12, “rulers” is #2888 meaning “a world ruler, an epithet of Satan:- ruler.”  Satan and these other powerful demons manifest themselves through humans that they push into positions of world authority, such as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and many others.  You need to realize that this is what we end-time Christians are up against, just like Paul and the early apostles had the “powers that be” working against them.  If you do not think you need this ARMOR OF GOD describes here in Ephesians, you are in for some big surprises.  “Darkness” in verse 12 is #4655 meaning “shadiness, i.e. obscurity (lit. or fig.):- darkness.”  This is where all these conspiracy theories originate that so many Christians gobble up like candy.  In the darkness, the shadiness is where Satan and demons create these theories to get gullible Christians and others to spread that theory for them.  “World” is #165 meaning primarily “age.” These rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness have been affecting humans since Adam and Eve.

“Wickedness” is #4189 meaning “depravity, i.e. (spec. malice…”  This is quite true here in the US.  Just read the local papers or watch the evening TV news.  You will see examples of depravity every day.  The word “high” is #2032 meaning “above the sky:- celestial, (in) heaven (-ly), high.  As Christians, we should have a good relationship with our rulers who are in even higher places.

Eph 6:13  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.

Continuing in verse 13, the complete responsibility to be ready for any spiritual fight is placed squarely on the individual Christian’s shoulders.  We must take this armor, this protection that is freely available.  We have to do all we can to stand upright.  “All” is #537 meaning “absolutely all…”  Half dressed with God’s armor will not get the job done.  We have to be totally covered with God’s protection.  The word “withstand” #436 means “to stand against, i.e. oppose:- resist, withstand.”  This #436 is the same word used in James 4:7 translated “resist.”

Jam 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist [#436] the devil, and he will flee from you.

Do not think that you will get away lightly in the demonic end-time attacks on Christians.  Satan and these demons are fully dedicated to stripping your salvation away from you.   They will use every method they can devise against us.  This armor of God, a close relationship and complete faith in HIM is our only chance to survive spiritually to obtain eternal life.  The phrase “able to withstand” implies strongly that without the armor our chances are low.  Let us continue in verse 14.  These verses show us what this armor consist of.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

In verse 14, the loin area of a human is basically the part of the side and back between the ribs and pelvis.  A physical human being can lose their mobility if there is damage in this area of the body.  As we do our part of the end-time work, we have to be mobile in the truth, spiritually speaking.  The truth cannot be immobilized or paralyzed.  John 17:17 gives us the Bible definition of truth.

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Are you really subject to God’s truth spelled out in the Bible?  Here are a few test verses.  Do you believe and accept them or do you argue about them?  Go back and review 1 Corinthians 10:11 with the definitions on page one.  Do you believe that verse or do you have reservations about it?  A lot of Biblical truth will not be covered completely in just one or two verses.  What about 2 Timothy 2:25-26?

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Do you believe you can be taken captive by Satan?  If you do not believe it, you are calling God a liar.  He says you can.  Dare any Christian say they cannot be taken prisoner by Satan?  Do you believe that many healings are accomplished by casting out demons?  If you do not, do you throw these verses in the trash?

Mat 17:17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

Mat 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

What is your reaction to these three passages?  Do you have doubts and reservations?  If you do, your spiritual loins are not covered with the truth.  God’s Word is all or nothing.  We believe the verses about salvation and eternal life, so can we pick and choose what to believe and toss out the verses we do not like or that challenge our current Bible beliefs?  There are at least a hundred passages of scripture that go against the conventional way that Christians currently think.

We all need preparation to recognize the Elijah character when he comes on the end-time scene.  We do not have the option of picking and choosing what we want to believe about him.  The Bible spells out exactly what we are to notice about this man to recognize him clearly.   You shall know them by their fruit.

Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Continue in Ephesians 6:14.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Consider “the breastplate of righteousness.”  A breastplate covers the chest area. Most of our vital organs are located in this part of the body.  The brain and spinal cord are not of course.  The breastplate of that day was efficient means of protecting the vital area of the physical body.  It is used metaphorically in verse 14 for defense of our spiritual body, our very spiritual lives.  “Righteousness” is #1343 meaning “equity (of character or act.); spec. (chr.) justifaction…”  The best definition of righteousness is found in Psalms 119:172.

Psa 119:172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

If we live our spiritual lives under the coverage of all of God’s commandments, all his statutes and all his judgments, then we have on the breastplate of righteousness. To put is bluntly, God’s Word has to rule our lives entirely. Question your spirituality by looking at the first seven words of Ephesians 6:11.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Do you consider these seven words a suggestion or a command?  That gives you an idea of how much breastplate you are wearing today.

Verse 15 makes clear that the foundation of a human body is in the feet.

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The word “shod” is #5265 meaning “to bind under ones feet, i.e., put on shoes or sandals:-bind on, be shod.”  The word “preparation” is #2091 meaning “preparation.”  “Gospel” is #2098 meaning “good message…”  “Peace is #1515 meaning “(to join); peace, (lit. or fig.); by impl. prosperity- one, peace, quietness, rest…”  What is verse 15 actually saying to us end-time Christians?  It is saying that our spiritual feet, our spiritual foundation has to be shod, bound with God’s word, His commands, judgments and statutes.  We have to live by every word of God.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

We have to bear good fruit, the fruit of God’s Word being lived in our physical lives.  If our total physical existence is bearing Christian fruit and living a life that others can see us setting a real Christian example, then we are prepared to do our individual part to bring the good message of peace.

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Let us talk about the shield of faith.  The Bible definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1.

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

“Faith” is #4102 meaning “persuasion, i.e. credence; mor. conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher)…”  Another important Biblical statement about faith is found in Hebrews 11:6.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Go back to Ephesians 6:16.  It is common knowledge that a shield provides protection.  Most shields we are familiar with offer protection from the waist up.  “Shield” in verse 16 is #2375 and it is somewhat different.  It means “a large shield (as door-shaped);- shield.”  This shield of faith would offer complete protection from the feet (foundation) to the head where the brain is located.  We well know that the brain controls the rest of the body.  “Firey” is #4448 meaning “to kindle, i.e. (pass.) to be ignited, glow, (lit.), be refined (by impl.), or (fig.) to be inflamed…”  “Darts” is #956 meaning “a missile, i.e. spear, or arrow:-dart.”  “Wicked” is #4190 meaning “hurtful, i.e. evil, (prop.) in effect or influence…”  Most translations translate wicked as “wicked one,” Satan,” Evil one.”  I do not think it would be any exaggeration to include all demons and Satan in this because they are all capable of attacking our faith.

One thing should be pointed out here.  Look at Mark 16:17-18

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The Bible makes a distinction between “devils” #1140 in verse 17 meaning a demonic being” and  “serpents” in verse 18 #3789 meaning “(through the idea of sharpness of vision): a snake, fig. (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, espec. Satan:- serpent.”  This word “serpent” is used in Revelation 20:2 to describe Satan.

Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Notice here that serpent is singular, but in Mark 16:18 it is plural meaning more than one.  Berry’s Greek to English Interlinear and Green’s Greek to English Interlinear both translate it as plural. That indicates to me that there are more than one demon on Satan’s level.  This is also indicated in other places.  The only assumption I could make at this time is that the demonic beings falling under the heading of “serpents” have more power, maybe a higher I.Q or some other trait that God created them with; but if we are to believe the Bible, then there is a difference between a common demon and the serpents.

In summarizing Ephesians 6:16, we need this shield of faith, which covers us from top to bottom spiritually to withstand all the demonic attacks these fiery darts of doubt and other things that would weaken or destroy our faith. Whether they come from a demon or a serpent, the end result would be the same, our spiritual destruction, missing out on eternal life.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

“Helmet” is #4030 meaning “encirclement of the head, i.e. a helmet:- helment.”  “Salvation is #4992 meaning “defender or (by impl.) defense:-salvation.”  We normally think of salvation as saving, but Titus 2:11 makes this point that the grace of God is the only real saving.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

However, we desperately need the helmet of salvation.  We as individuals either win or lose our salvation in our minds located in the head which this Godly helmet would protect.  Our feet, arms, legs, and other body parts do not determine our saving.  It is the daily decisions that we make in our minds after we have been called by God that determine whether we are saved to eternal life or lost to the lake of fire.

Continuing in verse 17, God’s Word is the sword of the spirit.  It will take faith to wield the sword of the spirit, God’s Word.  Remember the verse we covered earlier, “without faith it is impossible to please him.”  What does this sword of the spirit do? Examine Hebrews 4:12.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word “quick” is #2198 primarily meaning, “to live…”  This verse is talking on a spirit level using a physical body as a comparison.  This verse is like a giant spot light that a Christian must live under at all times after being called by God.  This sword of the spirit, the living word of God exposes us by comparing our personal standards to the required standards of God.  This verse like many others in the Bible has to be taken personally. Yes, it applies to every Christian.  It discerns you thoughts and intents.  It penetrates your innermost being and exposes your shortcomings to your own mind.  The question is, how do we individually react to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  The word “sharper” is #5114 and very interestingly means “to cut; more comprehensive or decisive than #2875, as if by a single stroke; whereas that implies repeated blows, like hacking); more keen:- sharper.”

The Holy Spirit will keep hacking, cutting, chopping at our minds to point things out to get us to change our ways to conform to God’s ways.  In today’s society, it is more like pricking our conscience.  Did you know that there is a time limit on how long God will work with a person?  It is four years, if there is absolutely no fruit production.

Luke 13:6  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Luke 13:7  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why encumbereth it the ground?

Luke 13:8  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Luke 13:9  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

We are God’s fruit tree.  The sword of the spirit is a tool we can and will use daily in our lives.  Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11, that these things happened and were written down for us to imitate.  We covered this earlier on page one. Let us look at just a few examples of how this sword of the spirit, God’s Word, was used.  Read 1Samuel 17:45-51.

1Sa 17:45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

1Sa 17:46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

1Sa 17:47  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.

1Sa 17:48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

1Sa 17:49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slung it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

1Sa 17:50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

1Sa 17:51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

This may be one of the best examples of the use of God’s Word as the sword of the spirit in the Bible.  What a terrific example in which David had total faith in God and Christ.  Notice what it says in verse 45.  “I come unto you in the name of the Lord of Hosts.”  What a great example of using the sword of the spirit, God’s Word.  This great courage and faith was based on David’s knowledge of God.  Continue in verse 46, “this day will the Lord deliver you into my hand.”  This clearly shows us what our mindset has to be doing the end-time work “that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”  The end-time work also has to let the world know what this God is offering them at this time.  Every member of the end time church, the Philadelphians must carry verse 47 in their hearts and minds at all times.  GOD WILL DELIVER US FROM OUR GOLIATHS and we will be facing many.  Today 12/19/2008 many of us are facing Goliaths that we have not been delivered from up to this point.  In verse 48, will you run toward your Goliath just as David did in complete total faith in God, or will you shrink back in horror?  I doubt if any one who flees from their Goliath in fear can be a true Philadelphian.

Christian life becomes more interesting for us in the end time.  In 1Samuel 17:49, the word stone” is #68 meaning “through the means to build; a stone…”  I suggest that you read the papers on Haggai Chapters 1 and 2 and Zechariah Chapters 3 and 4 on my website.  To put it briefly, each one of us is a stone and we are used as a means to build God’s church in the end time work.  Notice also these next verses.

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1Co 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Rock” in both verses is #4073 meaning, “a (mass of) rock (lit or fig.):- rock.”  If we are a Christian, meaning Christ-like, then it can be said that we are a chip off the true
Rock.  As Christians, we have to use the sword of the spirit, this word of God in our daily life as we go forward in doing the end time work.

Here are just a couple more examples of using the Word of God, the sword of the spirit.  Do not forget 1 Corinthians 10:11.  These things happened and were written down for us to imitate.  Look at one of these prototypes in Luke 9.

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

We can cast out demons.  We can heal the sick.  Christ said that we would do greater works than He did.

John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Now, let us sum up the armor of God.

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

“Watching” is a very interesting word.  It is #69 meaning “to be sleepless, i.e. keep awake:-watch.”  How do we watch, keep awake, be sleepless spiritually?  We stay focused on the end time work and doing our part in it.  Up until now December 2008 that has been extremely hard to do because God has not started the end time work in a way that uses us individually as the early apostles were used.  We go to sleep by being sidetracked.  Satan is a master at this. Christians become bogged down in conspiracy theories.  They become bogged down on trying to make the Bible say something it does not say.  The Bible is plain.  It is simple.  It says what it says.  It says in several places that MANY are called, but FEW are chosen.  That is exactly what it means.  It means nothing else but that.  It says casting out demons will heal in some instances.  That is exactly what it means.  It does not say in those places that anointing would be necessary.  The average Christian today does not take these next two verses seriously.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

We dare not add to God’s Word.  We dare not take away from God’s Word.  If any Christian does this, Christ and the Father will deal with them.  ! Corinthians 10:11 simply means what it says and says what it means.  “These things happened and were written down for us” as prototypes for us to imitate.  It is an absolute fact that you can never be a Philadelphian if you do not believe and use 1 Corinthians 10:11.  The chances are also high that you will miss out on salvation.  We cannot be carried around by every “wind of doctrine.”

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

We have to take the Bible personally and be like Samuel and not let any of God’s words fall to the ground.

1Sa 3:19  And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

Consider carefully what the Bible actually says about any subject that confronts you.  In order to obtain salvation, we must be covered with the armor of God.

Published December, 2008

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