Ephesians 6:10

Ephesians 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Ephesians 6:10 | NIV (1984) | Other Versions | Context

Brief

Ephesians Chapter 6 is the last chapter of the book, a small book written by Paul that’s perhaps very close to the hearts of many. It is a rather unique book, as while it was seemingly written to the churches in Ephesus, there was (uncharacteristically of Paul’s epistles to specified locations) no discussion about the area’s specific issues. Instead, much focus was placed on exalting Christ and the fullness of Christ, in whom each believer can gain richly from. This is the verse of transition between Paul’s exhortations from verses 1-9 and his ‘armor of God’ topic thereafter. We will hence look at the topic of being strong in the Lord with relevance to each of these two.

Analysis

Finally – Isn’t it interesting to note how ‘being strong in the Lord‘ was the final exhortation? It was the last thing that Paul urged, the one lesson that came after ‘finally’. In verses 1-9 Paul addressed people in different roles and urged them to be faithful and careful in the way they treat the main people they come into contact with in their respective roles. Having addressed these relations, and the duties and obligations that come along and are expected of them, Paul was equally aware that to be able to be up to tasks to these expectations and duties, the people need strength from the Lord.

There are so many verses that speaks of strength and courage that it feels a bit like an over-visited topic. We know that our strength comes from God [Philippians 4:13|Article] – a strength that empowers us and enables us to move on and overcome our sufferings and our sins. Perhaps because it’s such an oft-visited topic that makes it even more crucial for us to understand it. We draw strength from the Lord. Why? How? When?

be strong in the Lord – What does it mean to be strong in the Lord? It could mean to be strong (and courageous) for the Kingdom’s cause. It could mean to acknowledge that we are weak and to depend on the Lord as our source of strength. Both could be right, and there could be many more interpretations of being strong. We face many mighty enemies, as Paul describes in verse 12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms [Eph 6:12] – and hence we require the armor of God. By our own might we will certainly not prevail, for this is no physical war, and even the best physical weapons or armors will not be able to preserve us in it. We need to be on our guard, as it is a spiritual war, where only in God and through Christ can we claim victory. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong [1 Cor 16:13]. We need the full armor of God. Not just the helmet. Not just the shield. Not just the sword. Wear the full of armor of God, which brings you strength. That’s ‘how’. We’re not looking at the armor of God in detail today, but the passage from Ephesians 6:11-17 is very elaborate on it.

In his mighty power – This answers ‘why’, I believe. Because God is mighty. It is a law of nature, that the weak depend on the strong, the weak draw strength from the strong, the weak gain courage from the strong, and the weak become stronger from all that. We do live in a world where many – not all, but certainly many – believe that the strong are meant to step on top of the weak. Nothing – absolutely nothing, as far as I am aware of – in the Bible preaches that. Even in the topic of faith, Paul has made it very clear that the strong should bear with the infirmities of the weak [Rom 15:1]. Our God is the same – He is strong, make no mistake about it, very very strong. But despite being strong, he is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble [Psalm 46:1]. All we need to do is to understand and believe that our God is mighty. There is no spiritual war where he cannot win. When we are fighting with the strength of the Lord, let us take heart in the fact that our Lord is great. Let us be empowered by God’s might and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength [Ephesians 1:19].

Conclusion

When you are weak, when you are scared, when you feel lost and helpless, won’t you turn to God, seek strength in the Lord. Let God be your strength. Let us be strong in his mighty power by wearing the full armor of God. When are we weak? When will we be weak? Perhaps all the time. Even if we do not feel weak, in our daily roles, when we face our family, when we face our friends, when we face our colleagues, we need strength from God as well. Be strong not by your own strength, for it is insufficient; be strong not in others, for it is insufficient; but be strong in the Lord.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 

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