Devotional # 118. 1/6/15. Ephesians 6:10.
Intro. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve studied Scriptures pertaining to Christmas and New Years but now we’re ready to get back into Ephesians. Today we’ll be concentrating on only one verse because it has a lot to say! This will be a great precursor to next week when we talk about the “Armor of God.”
Let’s look at each word and phrase in this verse.
v. 10. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Remember at the beginning of this chapter Paul talked about the relationship between parents and children (6:1-4) and servants and masters (6:5-9)? So now he says, “finally“. Although he is both finishing up the chapter teaching and finishing up the teaching from the whole letter, he is probably doing something else too. Since Paul is moving into talking about spiritual warfare this “finally” can be translated “from now on” or “for the remaining time”. “If this is correct, then the apostle is indicating that the whole of the interim period between the Lord’s two comings is to be characterized by conflict” (Source 1). Paul is giving true Christians a fact and then how to deal with it. He is saying that we will have a lot of spiritual warfare but the way to overcome it is by fighting with God’s power.
Next Paul says, “my brothers” (and sisters) so he is relating to them. These aren’t just his relations by blood but his family in the faith. He loves the Christians that he’s speaking to – and he’s speaking to us today just as much as he was speaking to the Ephesians 2,000 years ago.
Next he says, “be strong in the Lord“. This is great because it tells us where we get our strength from! Really ask yourself ‘how often do I try and do things on my own?’ Do you ever do anything in God’s strength?
Lastly he says “and in the power of His might“. The word “power” here is kratos (G#2904) meaning “force” or “strength” or “power.” The root of it means “to perfect or complete” (Source 2). And “might” in Greek is ischys (G#2479) which means “ability” or “force” or “strength” or “might” and is used in a similar way as another Greek word meaning “to hold in check” (Source 3). The point of this verse is that the strength and power comes from God, not us. We can’t do anything alone but “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).
Conclusion. One author makes a great point that ever since Jesus resurrected the battle for eternity has been won, but the battles of temptation that we face on earth every day still needs to be fought. He says, “the Lord’s power, the strength of His Spirit, and the force of biblical truth are required for victory (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)” (Source 4).
Source 1: John R.W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians, 1979, p. 262.
Source 4: John MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible, 1997, p. 1814.