Only in the armor of God, will you escape the grasp of labour and toil.
There is one place where we are currently standing.
Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We are all standing in the evil day. Evil in this case comes from the word poneros which refers to that which brings about hurt and toil.
We suffer , struggle and sweat in labour for daily subsistence or whatever we need. How then do we develop the capacity to stand effectively in the evil day?
Ephesians 6:14; “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness”
Standing here comes from the greek word histemi which points to safely escaping the grasp of the evil. Being firm and untouched. Righteousness of Christ is a tool for access. The opposite of that is trying to access the things of God by deep-seated effort. Things which are supposed to be freely given.
Matthew 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Staying in a domain outside of Christ is a recipe for hard labour. Adam experienced this. Work has always been a blessing. Work produces corresponding result. Labour and toil in this context carry within it unnecessary and wasted effort. The result is minimal if not any. God created work. But after the fall, Adam’s case was different. He had to toil and sweat to eat.
“Genesis 3:19: “In the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread….”
He was no longer standing. He had fallen.
When in a battle, you use more effort when you don’t have any armor.
Only in Christ and in truth(the word) will we be able to operate the freely given tools of access and effectively stand.
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