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Wednesday, July 6 2016
Romans 7: Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire?
"Put on the whole armour of God ... Ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked"
There is an inevitable and seeming paradox in that those who put on the "Armour of God" from then on need it more than when they didn't have it. The reason is that Satan targets those who seek to truly obey the LORD (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?), while he leaves others mostly alone because they are already dong what pleases him - nothing (see Jude: Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness).
Notice carefully what the Devil's fire targets - what was not there before genuine repentance: "truth," "to stand against the wiles of the devil," "righteousness," "faith," "salvation" and the "Holy Spirit."
"6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Many have been grossly misled into believing that Christians are lawless - the delusion that grace is a reward for anyone and everyone who claims the Messiah's Name for their "Christian" religion, no matter what they do (see What Does Grace Really Mean? and Who Can Be Saved?). The Messiah specifically warned against such folly (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?):
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The true Church of God is referred to as a woman because from it the children of God will be born (see the Fact Finder question below). The Law against physical adultery is an object lesson about the infinitely-greater law against spiritual adultery (see 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
"7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Notice how the apostle Paul attracted the Devil's fire - the more that Paul sought to do right, the easier that Satan made it for him to do wrong: "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind." But making full and proper use of the Armour of God provides all of the protection that is needed to win against all losers (see the Fact Finder question below).
"7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Fact Finder: When will the "Armour" of the Church no longer be needed?
This Day In History, July 6
371 BC: The Battle of Leuctra in Greece; Epaminondas defeated Cleombrotus I (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1189: King Henry II of England, the first of the Plantagenets, died and was succeeded by Richard I.
1348: A Papal Bull (an abbreviation of the Latin word bulletin) by Pope Clement VI was issued to protect Jews who were falsely accused of having caused the Black Death plague in Europe. In actuality, the Jews (and everyone else) who followed the Biblical health laws that the LORD gave to all of humanity were far healthier than the general population in which they lived (see Leviticus 13: Bacteria, Leviticus 11: What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean? and Leviticus 18: Sexual Abominations).
1415: Jan Hus (also known in English as John Huss), Czech preacher and reformer, was burnt alive for "heresy" by Church of Rome authorities during the Council of Constance. The council was conducted by antipope John XXIII and German emperor Sigismund (see Emperors and Popes, The Struggle For The Papacy and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The emperor had given Hus a guarantee of safe passage to come to the council, but reneged and had Hus killed anyway. The Hussites were named after Jan Hus, and the Hussite Wars of 1419-1436 were caused by the Hussites in Bohemia and Moravia.
1483: Richard III was crowned King of England.
1519: Charles of Spain is elected Holy Roman emperor in Barcelona.
1535: Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor of England, was executed for treason after refusing to recognize Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.
1536: Jacques Cartier returned to France after discovering (for Europeans - the native people already knew it) the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
1553: King Edward VI of England died and was succeeded by Queen Mary I.
1699: Captain William Kidd ("Captain Kidd") was arrested in Boston.
1785: The "dollar" was chosen as the monetary unit for the U.S. The word originated in Europe in 1520 as a name for the Czech tolar, which came to be known in northern Europe as daler, then into English as dollar.
1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested his new anti-rabies vaccine on a boy that had been bitten by an infected dog.
1887: David Kalakaua, the native King of Hawaii, was forced at gunpoint to sign the "Bayonet Constitution" that established U.S. rule Hawaii.
1906: The Ontario Parliament passed the "Lord's Day Observance Act" to prohibit work, entertainment, sport and almost all commerce on Sundays. Although the writers of the law intended it as an act of obedience to God, they were mistaken about the correct day to observe (see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand how the "sun day" abomination originated). The law was struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985 after challenges from Jews and true Christians who observe the Seventh Day Sabbath according to Christ's Command in the Fourth Commandment.
1917: "Lawrence of Arabia" (a British army officer, Lt. Col Thomas Lawrence) and Arab forces captured Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1919: The first airship to cross the Atlantic, the British R-34, arrived in New York.
1942: The diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
1944: A fire accidentally started by performing "fire-eaters" in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 167 people.
1947: The AK-47 went into production in the Soviet Union.
1958: The former Russian territory of Alaska became the 49th state of the U.S. It was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.
1967: Nigerian forces invaded Biafra, beginning the Nigerian Civil War.
1988: The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea was destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers were killed, making it the world's worst offshore oil disaster in terms of direct loss of life.
2006: The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opened for trade after 44 years.