Know the Enemy [Part VI]

Know the Enemy [Part VI]

– Brother Bern’s Sunday Bible Study Series –

  • “shield of faith” and “helmet of salvation”

Key Theme: Christians are to always be alert and aware of Satan’s devices.

Good morning everyone. Today we are still under the lesson titled “Know the Enemy”. We learned that Satan exists. He is a created angelic being and powerful. The Bible calls him as the Anointed Cherub [Ezekiel 28:14]. We also learned his original name as  “Lucifer” [Isaiah 14:12].

Later sin was found in him. He claimed, “to be like the Most High” [Isaiah 14:14]. With that, God judged him with his final destiny in hell! However, he is not there yet!

The Devil is no joke! He is real, and he is dangerous.

Our key scripture for this lesson is from 1 Peter 5:8. Let us read together aloud.

(1 Peter 5:8)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

***Prayer*** 

Today we will continue with how we deal with the Devil. Let us do a quick review.

Step #1 We are to remember that Satan is a defeated foe [Hebrews 2:14 and John 16:11]

(Hebrews 2:14)  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(John 16:11)  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Step #2 We are to remember we are on the winning side [1 John 4:4]

(1 John 4:4)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Step #3 We are to remember to Put On The Whole Armor of God.

God has designed a spiritual armor just for you. Let us go to [Ephesians 6:10-18]Step #3 We are to remember to Put On The Whole Armor of God

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

(Ephesians 6:11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

(Ephesians 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.

(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.

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

(Ephesians 6:15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

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

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

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

When we observe these scriptures, we can see 6 pieces composed of a spiritual armor. We have the

Belt of truth Breastplate of righteousness Shoes of gospel of peace
Shield of faith Helmet of salvation Sword of the Spirit – Word of God

To my surprise, I noticed that all our memory verses for the past 4 weeks here at IIBC focus on a spiritual armor!

Today we will cover the “shield of faith” and “helmet of salvation”

Shield of faith [Ephesians 6:16]

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

What is faith? Let us see its definition from the Bible itself. Turn to the [Hebrews 11:1] please.

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

What are “things hoped for” in this verse? They refer to the future rewards God promises to the believers. For us, this includes the heaven and the rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. And even to be with the Lord Jesus Christ himself!

What are “things not seen” in this verse? They are God’s attributes. God’s self-existence, eternity, holiness, omnipotence [all powerful], omniscience [all knowing], omnipresent [all present] and sovereignty.

No one here in this room has seen Jesus face-to-face in His physical flesh. Right?

What we know about the Lord Jesus Christ is only from what we read from the Bible.

The Bible tells the story about Him. We believe all the stories in the Bible by faith!

What is one of the big differences that set apart between the church and the nation of Israel?

Christian has our belief based on the faith.  Something that we cannot see physically with our own eyes. Let us read [2 Corinthians 5:7].

(2 Corinthians 5:7)  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Think about the time when you were saved. You were sorry for your sins. You believed on Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection based on what your friends, your pastors or even some strangers told this story and opened the Bible with you. Then you said to God to save you!

You did not wait until you see the Lord Jesus Christ with your own physical eyes to believe with all of this. Right?

Now what about the nation of Israel? Throughout the Bible, you can see the same pattern that the Jews always went by signs and wonders [1 Corinthians 1:22] to believe.

(1 Corinthians 1:22)  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Many Jews thought the gospel of Jesus Christ was foolish because they thought the Messiah would be a conquering king accompanied by signs and miracles. Jesus, with his first coming, had not restored David’s throne as they expected. Besides, he was executed as a common criminal through crucifixion. The Jews might have thought how could a criminal be a Savior?

Greeks, too, considered the gospel of Jesus Christ foolish. They did not believe in a bodily resurrection. They saw Jesus’s death on the cross as a defeat, not victory!

Even today, the gospel of Jesus Christ still sounds foolish to many people. Our society worships power, influence, and wealth. Jesus came as a humble, poor servant and He offers His Kingdom to those who have faith, not to those who do good works to try to earn their salvation. This looks foolish to the world.

Also, remember Thomas? After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. But Thomas was not there. Even though other disciples have testified that they have seen the risen Christ with their own eyes, Thomas still had doubt. He wanted Jesus’s physical presence to complete his belief. Let us read [John 20:29].

(John 20:29)  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

(2 Peter 1:19)  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns, his Word in the Bible is like the light to shine and guide our faith in this dark world. The sure Word that we can always believe!We must thank God that His revelation to us is now complete through the written Word in the Bible. Christians do not need to seek after signs and wonders to believe. Why? Let us read [2 Peter 1:19].

(2 Peter 1:19)  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Helmet of salvation [Ephesians 6:17]

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

The helmet was made to protect the head, even more so the brain. Paul reminds us to protect our minds from the forces of darkness by remembering the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

One of the strong verses in the Bible to help us understand our salvation is found in [Ephesians 2:8-9].

(Ephesians 2:8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

(Ephesians 2:9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As Christian, we are saved by what? Grace. Through what? Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Of his death, burial, and resurrection! We already discussed this previously.

We must hold this Biblical doctrine very firmly; otherwise, we will be easily swayed. We must reject all teaching that says good works are a requirement for the salvation of Christians.

What do we understand by good works?

Cleaning up all sins, reading Bible, going to church, praying, giving tithes, or even having a water baptism. These are good works and none of them can save you from the burning hellfire.

Let us read another strong verse confirming us that good works have nothing to do with the salvation of the Christian. Please turn to [Romans 11:6].

(Romans 11:6)  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

(Romans 3:28)  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Also, please go to [Galatians 2:21].Another strong verse for you today. Let us go to [Romans 3:28].

Also, please go to [Galatians 2:21].

(Galatians 2:21)  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

This is clear enough for us. If good works are required for salvation and can really save us, then we do not need the Lord Jesus Christ after all! His death is meaningless then.

I take this lesson very seriously. Because it is so important to be confident in your salvation.This is clear enough for us. If good works are required for salvation and can really save us, then we do not need the Lord Jesus Christ after all! His death is meaningless then.

If your faith is not grounded on the sound doctrine and you are not sure about your salvation, it is hard to grow spiritually.

You will be anxious when you sin, doubting whether you would need to keep doing all the good works to keep your salvation.

Personally, I thank God that He led me to IIBC. Thanks to all previous pastors at IIBC who taught me that I can really know I am saved by confirming me with the Word of God.

As we walk as Christian with the Lord, oftentimes we fail, and we sin.

Whether you realize this or not, the Helmet of Salvation always keeps your soul protected and saved.

Your physical body can still sin. But your soul is saved eternally. It is God who keeps you saved! Not you yourselves!

Do not give Satan any chance to tell you that you can lose your salvation because you have done something really bad. That a great lie!

I encourage you remember this lesson well.

Write down all these verses.

Lastly, if you have already decided to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior to save you, then I would like to leave this verse to you as a great encouragement.

Turn to [John 6:37] please.

(John 6:37)  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

***Prayer***


Full teaching script is adapted from The ABC’s of Christians Growth. “Study #5 E – Enemy (Satan)”, Robert J. Sargent.

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