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Bible study questions on Ephesians 6:10-13 which uncover the need to protect ourselves from spiritual attacks so that we can live out loving lives.
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NASB).
The first word of Ephesians 6:10 is ‘finally.’ What has preceded this section for him to conclude in this way? Include at least eight topics Paul has previously discussed in Ephesians.
What command is given in verse 10?
What do these phrases mean ‘strong in the Lord’ and ‘strength of His might’? Is there any difference between them? If so, what is it?
How does a person actually “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might”?
What is the Ephesian church instructed to do in Ephesians 6:11?
What extra meaning might be added through the word ‘full’ or ‘complete’ to armor? What problem might Paul be thinking about?
Who provides us this armor? Why is this important or how does this knowledge further help us?
Only focusing on verse 11, why is the church instructed to put on the armor of God?
What do we know about spiritual attacks from verse 11?
In Ephesians 6:12, Paul first states that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. What does this mean?
From verse 12 list who our struggle is against? Do your best identifying what they might mean.
How does verse 12 help us better love our neighbor?
Ephesians 6:13 is a strong summary verse. If you had to separate this verse into parts, what would be the parts?
What might the ‘evil day’ in verse 13 refer to?
Do you think these admonitions are applicable to today’s church? If so, how so?
Can you identify one or more schemes of the evil one?
Discuss and reflect on the ramifications that most of us believe it is the people around us that are the problems (such as our spouse, roommate, neighbor, boss, etc.) rather than these spiritual forces.
What do you believe about spiritual forces? What difference does your belief make in the way you carry out your Christian life?
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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