“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The believer grows in knowledge of God and of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. One expects this growth in the believer; but the believer must also grow in knowledge of the devil and his wiles. It is basic to any warfare to find out as much as possible about the enemy and his plans, strategy, and subtlety or wiliness The same applies with regard to our warfare with the devil; we must learn as much as possible as possible about his subtle schemes, in other words, his wiles. He is incredibly wily, and indeed this is his chief characteristic. The first thing that we learn about him in the bible is his subtlety (Genesis 3:1). The text our heading is part of Paul’s great passage on putting on the whole armour of God. The reason for the passage is to prepare believers for their war against the devil. This war is assumed to be a significant part of the believer’s life.
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing; Who said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
The scene of the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ must be one of the most the most moving in all history. Christ, having finished the work that the Father had given Him to do, goes back to the Father as the God/man to be received and crowned King of the universe. The promise given to the disciples as they stood looking up at the heavens was that He would come again as the God/man, as they had seen Him go.
“Happy are you, O Israel: who is like unto you, O people saved by the Lord” (Deuteronomy 33:29).
They are happy right now because they are a saved people: not saved from the troubles of this life, but saved from the wrath to come when every person will have to give an account of himself/herself to God. On the positive side, they are saved to an eternity of happiness with Christ, who loved them and gave Himself for them. They are indeed the happiest of people.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Those called to preach have a treasure to bring to their people, but they must realise that they themselves are vessels of clay. This is very important because true preaching must glorify God, and not the preacher. God alone can bestow the power.