Galatians 1:6-9, Ephesians 6:10-20 & Revelation 17:14
From the Reformer
Why does the world abhor the glad tidings of the Gospel and the blessings that go with it? Because the world is the devil’s. Under his direction the world persecutes the Gospel and would if it could nail again Christ, the Son of God, to the Cross although He gave Himself into death for the sins of the world. The world dwells in darkness. The world is darkness.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
It is a constant battle. We must be on our guard because the battle comes near and the enemy would have us. Jesus says that we should “stay dressed for action.” (Luke 12:35) Peter says it is our minds that should be readied or dressed for action. (1Pt 1:13) Paul teaches us how to dress the whole person (Eph 6:10-20) so that we are battle-ready. He earnestly advises Christians to outfit the whole person for combat. To Jesus and his disciples, life in this dark world is not to be taken for granted. The enemy is always near. Are you outfitted and ready? Are you able to withstand cosmic powers, spiritual forces, and the schemes of the devil? Clothe yourself with Christ (Rom 13:14) so that you are dressed for the constant battle, otherwise you may be the next deserter from the field of faith. (Gal 1:6)
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers