Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 22-AUG-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 13 – The final chapter of Ephesians, Chapter 6, has familiar verses describing the armour of God in terms of the period's personal military gear: belt, breastplate, footwear, shield, helmet and sword. The pieces of armour are figures of speech for various spiritual attributes. The armour is not to be used aggressively, it is for defence and protection against the spiritual forces of evil. Believers need to recognise that they are subject to hidden forces and overwhelming odds, and they need to be ready to defend themselves. Some Christians see the armour of God as permission for a combative approach to faith and engagement with the world, and they take to a fighting mode to destroy evil; but Jesus is a prince of peace, not a warrior king. The writer to the Ephesians is not encouraging an aggressive "stance" against evil, but is pointing to Christ who brings life and reconciliation. Peacemaking doesn't mean passivity; it is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice; disarming evil without destroying the evildoer; finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight, but a pursuit of reconciliation and justice.
Ephesians 6: 10-20

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