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Our wrestle

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by woundedsoldierofCHRIST, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Our wrestle

    V. 10. Though the redemption purchased by Christ, as described in this
    epistle, is so complete and so free, yet between the beginning and the
    consummation of the work there is a protracted conflict. This is not a
    figure of speech. It is something real and arduous. Salvation, however
    gratuitous, is not to be obtained without great effort. The Christian conflict
    is not only real, it is difficult and dangerous. It is one in which true
    believers are often grievously wounded; and multitudes of reputed
    believers entirely succumb. It is one also in which great mistakes are often
    committed and serious loss incurred from ignorance of its nature, and of
    the appropriate means for carrying it on. Men are apt to regard it as a mere
    moral conflict between reason and conscience on the one side, and evil
    passions on the other. They therefore rely on their own strength, and upon
    the resources of nature for success. Against these mistakes the apostle
    warns his readers. He teaches that everything pertaining to it is
    supernatural. The source of strength is not in nature. The conflict is not
    between the good and bad principles of our nature. He shows that we
    belong to a spiritual, as well as to a natural world, and are engaged in a
    combat in which the higher powers of the universe are involved; and that
    this conflict, on the issue of which our salvation depends, is not to be
    carried on with straws picked up by the wayside. As we have superhuman
    enemies to contend with, we need not only superhuman strength, but
    divine armor and arms. The weapons of our warfare are not natural, but
  2. Dont be a casuiltie walk in Victory Jesus REIGNS

    V. 11. The second direction has reference to the arms requisite for the
    successful conduct of this conflict;
    ejndu>sasqe th<n panopli>an tou~
    , put on the whole armor of God. Panopli>a, panoply, includes both
    the defensive and offensive armor of the soldier. The believer has not only
    to defend himself, but also to attack his spiritual enemies; and the latter is
    as necessary to his safety as the former. It will not do for him to act only
    on the defensive, he must endeavor to subdue as well as to resist. How this
    is to be done, the following portion of the chapter teaches.
    The armor of
    , means that armor which God has provided and which he gives. We
    are thus taught from the outset, that as the strength which we need is not
    from ourselves, so neither are the means of offense or defense.
    Nor are they means of man’s devising. This is a truth which has been
    overlooked in all ages of the church, to the lamentable injury of the people
    of God. Instead of relying on the arms which God has provided, men have
    always been disposed to trust to those which they provide for themselves
    or which have been prescribed by others. Seclusion from the world (i.e.
    flight rather than conflict), ascetic and ritual observances, invocation of
    saints and angels, and especially, celibacy, voluntary poverty, and
    monastic obedience, constitute the panoply which false religion has
    substituted for the armor of God. Of this fatal mistake, manifested from
    the beginning, the apostle treats at length in his Epistle to the Colossians,
    2:18-23. He there exhorts his hearers, not to allow anyone, puffed up with
    carnal wisdom, and neglecting Christ, the only source of life and strength,
    to despoil them of their reward, through false humility and the worship of
    angels, commanding not to touch, or taste, or handle this or that, which
    methods of overcoming evil have indeed the appearance of wisdom, in

    humility, will-worship, and neglect of the body, but not the reality, and
    only serve to satisfy the flesh. They increase the evil which they are
    professedly designed to overcome. A more accurate description could not
    be given historically, than is here given prophetically, of the means
    substituted by carnal wisdom for the armor of God. Calling on saints and
    angels, humility in the sense of self degradation, or submitting our will to
    human authority, neglecting the body, or ascetic observances, abstaining
    from things lawful, uncommanded rites and ordinances, observing months
    and days — these are the arms with which the church in her apostasy has
    arrayed her children for this warfare. These are by name enumerated and
    condemned by the apostle, who directs us to clothe ourselves with the
    panoply of God, which he proceeds to describe in detail.
  3. Word of exhortation

    Im hope its alright to place these posts your brother in Christ God bless you all,l Jesus is Lord i love youy all and pray in HIs Mighty and Majestic Name that He bless and keep each and every one of you in the palm of HIs Mighty All Powerfull Hand Jesus Reigns
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  5. Hi wounded,

    may I ask where that is from?


  6. Hi Roland its from ages christian library its a great volume with bible ad commentris and teachings hope it helps all God bless in Jesus Name
  7. To the best of my knowledge i can see no copyright prohibiting pasting material from this seres ive searcched and can find no such ristrictions like i said i am not wanting to cause any problems for Christian Forum this site is a great blessing to me and i thank each and every one of you for your words of encouragement God bless in Christ Jesus our Lord
  8. Does it contain a Copyright Waiver?

    If not we should not reproduce it without the written permission of the author.

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  9. From what i read it does
  10. Sorry but we need to be clear. When you say 'From what you read it does' What does it actually say?
  11. It said it could be posted on the web
  12. Notes can be printed to be used in bible studies and can be copied and pasted to ue in sudies that is what it says
  13. Good. Then please include the reference details and we will allow the thread to continue.
  14. If you would like to remove this post feel free i dont want to cause any problems that is not my intention im sorry if i have God bless
  15. Not at all. Just state where it is from so that we can comply with the rules.

    Whenever we quote the work of someone else they deserve the credit.
  16. So true i wasnt looking for credit but i underststand
    Hodge, Charles –
    I Corinthians II Corinthians Ephesians Romans

    THE MASTER CHRISTIAN LIBRARY VERSION 5 This is a great resource with many great teachings well worth owning

  17. Do they have a web site " Wounded" ?

  18. Christian duty

    The third direction is, to pray
    ejn pneu>mati. This does not mean inwardly,
    with the heart; non voce tantum, sed et animo, as Grotius explains it; but
    it means under the influence of the Spirit, and with his assistance, whose
    gracious office it is to teach us how to pray, and to make intercessions for
    us with groanings that cannot be uttered; Romans 8:26. The fourth
    direction has reference to alertness and perseverance in prayer;
    eijv aujto<
    tou~to ajgrupnou~ntev
    , watching unto this very thing. This very thing is
    that of which he had been speaking, viz. praying in the Spirit. It was in
    reference to that duty they were to be wakeful and vigilant, not allowing
    themselves to become weary or negligent.
    pa>sh| proskarterh>sei kai<
    deh>sei peri< pa>ntwn tw~n aJgi>wn
    , with all perseverance and supplication
    for all saints
    . “Perseverance and supplication” amounts to persevering or
    importunate supplication. In Romans 12:12, the expression is,
    proseuch|~ proskarterou~ntev
    , continuing instant in prayer. This
    persevering supplication is to be offered
    for all the saints. The conflict of
    which the apostle has been speaking is not merely a single combat between
    the individual Christian and Satan, but also a war between the people of
    God and the powers of darkness. No soldier entering battle prays for
    himself alone, but for all his fellow soldiers also. They form one army, and
    the success of one is the success of all. In like manner Christians are united
    as one army, and therefore have a common cause; and each must pray for
    all. Such is the communion of saints, as set forth in this Epistle and in
    other parts of Scripture, that they can no more fail to take this interest in
    each other’s welfare, than the hand can fail to sympathize with the foot.
    V. 19. The importance which the apostle attributed to intercessory prayer
    and his faith in its efficacy are evident from the frequency with which he
    enjoins the duty, and from the earnestness with which he solicits such
    prayers in his own behalf. What the apostle wishes the Ephesians to pray
    for, was not any temporal blessing, not even his deliverance from bonds,
    that he might be at liberty more freely to preach the Gospel, but that God

    would enable him to preach with the freedom and boldness with which he
    ought to preach:
    , i[na moi doqh|~ lo>gov ejn ajnoi>xei tou~ sto>mato>v mou,
    ejn parrhsi>a| gnwri>sai, ktl
    . Our translators have paraphrased this
    clause thus,
    that utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth
    boldly to make known
    , etc. The literal translation is, that utterance may be
    given me in opening my mouth, with boldness to make known
    , etc. What
    Paul desired was divine assistance in preaching. He begs his reader to pray

    i[na moi doqh|~ lo>gov
    , that the power of speech, or freedom of utterance,
    might be given to him, when he opened his mouth
    . Paul says, 2 Corinthians
    11:6, that he was
    ijdiw>thv tw|~ lo>gw|, rude in speech. The word lo>gov itself
    has at times the metonymical sense here given to it, and therefore
    ajnoi>xei tou~ sto>mato>v
    is most naturally taken without emphasis as
    equivalent to,
    when I open my mouth, i.e. when called upon to speak.
    Calvin and many others lay the principal stress on those words, and make

    with opening of the mouth
    equivalent to with open mouth, pleno ore et
    intrepida lingua, as Calvin expresses it. Os opertum cupit, quod erumpet in
    liquidam et firmam confessionem. Ore enim semiclauso proferuntur
    ambigua et perplexa responsa. This, however is to anticipate what is
    expressed by
    ejn parrhsi>a| gnwri>sai. Others connect both ejn ajnoi>xei
    tou~ sto>mato>v
    and ejn parrhsi>a| with gnwri>sai, ‘to make known with
    the opening of the mouth, with boldness the mystery,’ etc. This is the
    construction which our translators seemed to have assumed. But this is
    very unnatural, from the position of the words and relation of the clauses.

    (pa~n rJh~siv) the speaking out all freespokenness. Here the
    dative with
    ejn may be taken adverbially, freely, boldly; keeping nothing
    back, but making an open, undisguised declaration of the Gospel. This
    includes, however, the idea of frankness and boldness of spirit, of which
    this unrestrained declaration of the truth is the expression.
    tou~ eujaggeli>ou
    , mystery of the Gospel; the Gospel itself is the mystery,
    or divine revelation. It is that system of truth which had been kept secret
    with God, but which is now revealed unto our glory; 1 Corinthians 2:7.
    V. 20
    Upe<r ou=, for the sake of which Gospel, presbeu>w ejn aJlu>sei
    , I am an ambassador in bonds. An ambassador is one through whom
    a sovereign speaks. “We are ambassadors for Christ:, as though God did
    beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead be ye reconciled with
    God”; 2 Corinthians 5:20. The apostles, as sent by Christ with authority

    to speak in his name, and to negotiate with men, proposing the terms of
    reconciliation and urging their acceptance, were in an eminent sense his
    ambassadors. As all ministers are sent by Christ and are commissioned by
    him to propose the terms of salvation, they too are entitled to the same
    honorable designation. Paul was an ambassador in bonds, and yet he did
    not lose his courage but preached with as much boldness as ever.
    &Ina ejn aujtw|~ parrhsia>swmai
    , that therein I may speak boldly. This
    may be taken as depending on
    i[na doqh|~; of verse 19. The sense would
    then be, ‘That utterance may be given to me that I may speak boldly.’ But
    the preceding
    ejn parrhsi>a| gnwri>sai depends on i[na doqh|~, The two
    clauses are rather parallel. Paul desired that the Ephesians should pray,
    ‘That utterance should be given him that is, that he might preach boldly’

    wJv dei~ me lalh~sai
    , as I ought to speak. It becomes the man who is an
    ambassador of God, to speak with boldness, assured of the truth and
    importance of the message which he has to deliver. That even Paul should
    solicit the prayers of Christians that he might be able to preach the Gospel
    aright, shows the sense he had at once of the difficulty and of the

    importance of the work.

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