I don’t know how many of you have seen the Star War films, or Lord of the Rings or any of the Harry Potter stories, these films are about the battle between good and evil.
Our passage from Ephesians 6 is also about the battle between good and evil, and it is full of strong imagery about amour. But this isn’t a computer game or a fantasy adventure film. There is a battle going on and Paul says that Christians need to have the right tools for the fight.
This is about having a living faith, and about the choices we make. Paul here is writing to people who believed implicitly in evil spirits – he uses words throughout this letter of powers, authorities, world rulers – and these people were not only facing physical battles, attacks from men, but also attacks from spiritual forces who were fighting against God. Some of us might find that hard to comprehend. But I know when I have been for example in the town of Glastonbury, I have felt the oppression of evil; as I walked through the town I felt a real dis-ease and a heaviness coming from certain shops.
LENT TALKS 2014 – “The Cross” given by Revd Dennis Cavaghan
C = Crucifixion
R = Rest
O = Obedience
S = Service
S = Salvation
READING: Philippians 2:5-8
“Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”