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The FULL Armor of God

armor-of-godIt’s a fact and one supported by Scripture, that when a person sets out to serve God he is going to meet with a great deal of trouble, and this trouble will be in addition to any that he may meet with in the ordinary course of life. This being so, he must consider if he will be able to stand against the apparently overwhelming pressure of persecution and trouble. He might put it somewhat in this way—”If I take up this service and swear allegiance to God, shall it be only to fall under the fiery trials that shall come upon me!”

This question may be answered by another—”If there is additional pressure brought against me, shall I not receive additional protection against it?”

If we look to the Scriptures we shall soon find that for all who decide to serve Him, God has made ample provision in every way. Even in the natural order of things when a man offers bis service to the King, after the first necessary steps have been taken the man is accepted and sent off to camp where he receives his equipment. So with the Christian: after the first necessary steps have been taken, he is accepted; and, taking up the new mode of life, he receives his equipment. It is to this equipment that I wish particularly to draw your attention; and if we look at Eph. 6:13-17 we shall see that part of this equipment is a whole protective armor—

“Wherefore take unto you the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”—Eph. 6: 13-17.

There is no room here to doubt the completeness of the armour, and seeing that we live in the evil day we do well to take heed to the Apostle’s exhortation and take unto ourselves this armour of God.

The Girdle of Truth

First we have the girdle of truth. What is truth? Is it fully able to sustain? and is it perfect in its

working? The Scriptures abundantly declare that truth is one of God’s attributes; that being so, truth is unlimited. One of the most important truths to take is in 1 Tim. 2: 3-6—

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come Unto the [accurate] knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time .”

These are very definite statements. “There is one God.” Both the Old and the New Testaments

agree on this. In Deut. 4: 35 we have the word of God through Moses—

The Lord he is God, there is none else beside Him .”

Verse 39— “The Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” Deut. 6: 4—“Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord .”

In Mark 12: 29 we have Jesus Himself quoting these words in answer to one of the scribes—

And Jesus answered him: The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”

These will suffice to show that there is but one God. “And one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The Apostle has certainly given us very plain language in these verses. Heb. 8: 6 bears out the fact that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant. Speaking of Jesus as a” high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec the Apostle says—

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”—Heb. 8: 6.

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament Tor covenant.”—Heb. 9: 15.

And to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant.”—Heb. 12: 24.

So far we have got two links in the girdle of truth. I t would take far too long at present to detail to any extent the whole amount of truth we can obtain, but this will give us a start; and in further examining the armour we shall find a good deal more of truth will make an appearance.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Take now “the breastplate of righteousness.” One of the first texts we come across is Rom. 3: 10—

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Consider this for a moment. Of all people there is not one righteous, and we may well enquire how shall we put on this breastplate of righteousness ? How is it obtained? Can we attain to it ourselves? That we cannot attain to it by any works of our own is quite clear. Look at the case of Abraham—

For what saith the Scripture! Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”—Rom. 4: 3.

This is the only way in which we can obtain righteousness; it is imputed unto us through our belief in God—

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”—Bom. 4: 23-25.

We are justified by faith”, the Apostle says in Rom. 5: 1. If we believe God, we must believe that His Son died for our sins and was raised for our justification. In Rom. 5: 8, 9 and 3: 21-24 the Apostle explains this justification through Jesus in a very excellent manner—

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Christ Jesus unto all them that believe; for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

In verse 21 the Apostle says that there is now no need of the law to show forth the righteousness of God by demonstrating, as it were, the unrighteousness of those that were under the law. The law was but a shadow of good things to come, and witnesses with the prophets to the righteousness of God, in that he has provided a way of escape for us from sin by faith in Christ Jesus. Not that we can altogether cease from committing any sin at all; we cannot do that entirely,

because of the weakness of the flesh which lusteth against the Spirit; but as far as in us lies we must be dead to sin, and if so be that at any time we do sin, provided that we sin not wilfully, we do not come under the penalty of death (as was the case under the law). Under the terms of the New Covenant we can apply for forgiveness through Christ Jesus, in whom we have not only our Mediator, but also an Advocate with the Father.

Feet Shod with the Gospel of Peace

The gospel of peace brings forth more of the truth as related to ourselves and to others. In speaking to the disciples on one occasion shortly before he was betrayed, Jesus said (John 14: 27)—”Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Again, in Phil. 4: 7, Paul says—”And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Now we know that whereas we were once enemies of God, Christ hath by His sacrifice arranged the way by which we may be reconciled to God; therefore we, having accepted this means of reconciliation, are no longer enemies but children. “We live in peace with God; and, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are able to manifest the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance. The wisdom that is from above is first

pure, then peaceable; says the Apostle James.—Eph. 2: 11-18; Gal. 5: 22, 23; Jas. 3 : 17, 18.

We have the peace of God in our hearts, therefore we should manifest peacefulness in all our actions. To this we are exhorted in Rom. 14: 19—”Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” These things that we should follow after and seek to attain to as much as possible are well laid out in the Scripture; for instance, after speaking of various evil things Paul says:—

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”— 1 Tim. 6: 11.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which’ no man shall see the Lord.”—Heb. 12: 14.

“Flee also youthful lusts’; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”—2 Tim. 2: 22.

That is to say, while first in harmony with God’s people, we shall as much as in us lies follow peace

with all men, and we should carry to them the gospel of peace.

We have ceased from our own works of unrighteousness, and we have undertaken the works of God; and, and peace of God” as stated in Heb. 4: 9, 10—

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he hath also ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefor to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

This rest will not be limited to the present life, but if we continue in the works of God now until the close of this life, and are accounted by the grace of God worthy, we may certainly expect that we shall be given greater powers in the next life, and continue in the works of God, having entered into eternal peace and rest.

There is a far broader view of the gospel of peace than,we have seen as yet, which will extend over the whole people, when “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord \s.” (Psa. 22: 27, 28.) This is- corroborated in-—

“Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: All nations shall serve him.”—Psa. 72: 11.

“Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; ami shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”

Psa. 86: 8-10.

All the kindreds of the nations with the kings shall remember, and turn, and serve, and worship God. This being so, they will all enter into harmony and peace with each other and with God.

The Shield of Faith

Without the quality of faith we cannot accomplish anything; we might have a very good knowledge of God and His purposes, but that would not be of any benefit if we had no faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We must believe and obey what we have been permitted to learn from the Scriptures, and this belief of and obedience to what we cannot see constitutes faith. The effect of faith on the Christian is very apparent when we consider that—

By faith we are the children of God.

By faith our hearts are purified.

By faith we are sanctified.

By faith through the Spirit we wait for the hope of righteousness.

By faith we shall live.

Armed with the shield of faith we are able to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” The evil day is the day of trouble and temptation, the day in which one is in the most danger of doing evil. We do well to watch ourselves and check our actions. (For) Even a child is known by his doings. Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (Prov. 20: 11.) So we must be careful to keep under, to purge out, such things as pride, anger, hatred, envy, talebearing, lying, idleness. A few of the Proverbs will show us the effect of these evils and their contraries— “When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.”—Prov. 11: 2.

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”—Prov. 15: 1.

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”— Prov. 10: 12.

Let 0ot thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all day long. (Or, a better translation has it) but let it envy in the Lord all the day long.”—Prov. 23: 17.

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”—Prov. 11: 13.

Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”—Prov. 12: 22.

“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.”—Prov. 19:-15, 16.

“Be ye kind one to.another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”— Eph: 4: 32.

We have now seen quite a good deal concerning the armour of God, and there can be no doubt about its being able to sustain and keep safe those who receive it even though the day is evil. That the truth is also quite perfect in its working is directly stated in Psa. 19: 7-9

The doctrine of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: The judgments of the Lord are truth, and righteous altogether.”— Psa. 19: 7-9.

The Helmet—the Hope of Salvation

The helmet is another important piece of the armour. It is the hope of salvation, and this hope must rest on a sure foundation. The basis of salvation is very elearlv set out in Rom. 10: 9; 1 Cor. 15: 1-4; 1 John5:9-12

” T h a t if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt bo saved.”

Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

If we receive the witness of men the witness of God is greater: for this is the, witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the “Son of God hath the witness in himself; he’ that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because b.9 believeth not the record that” God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life .”

After one recognises the need of salvation and receives through the blood of the New Covenant forgiveness and life, he receives also the gift of the Holy Spirit—”Hereby we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.”—1 John 4: 13.

To become actual partakers of the promises of the life to come we must be faithful and overcome in this life. if we do this successfully we shall become joint-heirs of Christ in the Kingdom, to rule and to reign with Him a thousand years, and help forward the great plan of God for the blessing of all the families of the earth, and so to bring to its culmination in peace and glory the most perfect will of God. Shall we not with this grand prospect in view, of so wide a salvation of so great glory, be faithful and overcome? Let us take unto ourselves the whole armor of God, and keep it shining bright, so that we may stand in the evil day. May the God of all grace keep, strengthen, and sustain us by Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Weapons Offensive

We have just been hearing from the previous speaker how necessary it is for the soldier to have an armour on, and also what a splendid and effective one has been provided for all who are engaged in this glorious fight, with which to defend ourselves.

But there is something more to be considered; and that is, all those who take part in this fight of faith have not,only to defend themselves from attacks by the enemy, they have also (to use a saying that we are all familiar with at the present time) to “take the offensive,” and with all our armour on carry the war right into the enemy’s ranks.. To do that we must not only have ourselves shielde’d with the armour, but. must use the weapons that are provided for all good soldiers of the King. And these weapons are to be used both when we are attacked by the enemy and when we do the attacking.

The weapons that are provided for the soldiers are very powerful and effective, and indeed they would need to be when we consider what a very subtle enemy we have to fight against, who is ever on the alert to try and deprive us of this faith, which means so much to us, which Paul enjoins Timothy to so earnestly engage in, and which he himself throughout his Christian life so bravely fought and won.

The Sword

In Eph. 6: 17 we have mention of one of the weapons that we are to use—”The sword of the Spirit,

which is the word of God.” A sword is a weapon with a very sharp edge, and it would be of no use

to a soldier unless it were sharp—either to defend himself with, or to attack the enemy. Hence the

sword of the Spirit would represent something very sharp and cutting.

Heb. 4: 12 gives us a good description of how sharp the Word of God is, still using the symbol of

the sword—” For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Nothing could be mope penetrating than that.

Having been told that we are to take this weapon and make good use of it, the first thing we must do is to learn how to use it; for one who is ignorant of how to use a weapon would have no chance against an expert on the enemv’s side.

In modern warfare men are trained in the use of the weapons they are to handle. It would not be of any use to put a man in charge of, say, a big gun such as the nations are using at the present time, if he had no knowledge of it. These men make a study of that gun, they set themselves to learn all its different parts, and how they are fitted and used. In short, they learn all they can about it, so that they can* use that gun with the best effect. And so it is with the. soldiers of the Cross. They must get acquainted with the Scriptures; they must believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures as spoken of*bv Peter (2 Pet. 1: 21), and also by Paul (2 Tim. 3 : 16)— “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” Having begun there, they must set themselves to have a thorough knowledge of the word of God. It is only by so doing that we will be able to use the sword of the Spirit in the most effective way.

Our Lord is a beautiful example to us in the way He defeated the devil, who came to Him with temptations in the wilderness. Our Lord answered him every time by reference to the Scriptures—” it is written”—and the devil had to leave Him. We also should so study the Word of God that we may be able to resist and defeat the enemy by our knowledge of the Word.

That knowledge of the inspired Word is very necessary is shown to us in John 14: 26, where our

Lord said that the Holy Spirit would “bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said

unto you.” The Holy Spirit could not bring to our remembrance things which we had never known. But how often have we proved these words when delivering the message of glad tidings. The text of Scripture that we had read instantly comes to our mind, and we are enabled to use it to the best advantage. Our Lord constantly answered the Pharisees and other Jews by referring to the inspired Word, and so silenced them.

The Sword turned Inward

Not only must this sword of the Spirit be used to drive off the enemy that attacks us from outside, it must also be turned in on the enemy that is within. In Heb. 4: 12, already quoted, the Word of God is referred to as being “sharper than any two-edged sword,” and as ” a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We know that the heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17: 9), the heart being looked upon as the centre of our being. We read that “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Rom. 10: 10), and it is in the heart that there is- the danger of one of the most subtle enemies we have to contend with getting a footing, that is, unbelief; for once let unbelief get uppermost, and our faith is gone.

The 3rd and 4th chapters of Hebrews deal largely with that particular enemy, which overcame the

Israelites in the wilderness; and we are told to ‘ ‘ take heed lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief (Heb. 3 : 12), and also 4: 11, 12—”Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any

man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.” So we must use this weapon, and let it penetrate right to the inmost recesses of our heart, and cut and destroy everything there that would endanger our faith.

The Prayer Weapon

Prayer is another valuable weapon, and is an absolute necessity to the believer if he hopes to win in the fight of faith. It is a powerful weapon, as we heard— . ‘

“Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees.”

The child of God is too weak in his own strength to do battle with the enemy of his soul, whose purpose is to wreck if possible the faith of that one; but with the weapon of prayer the believer has no need to fear; for our Heavenly Father, to Whom we look for strength, is well able to keep us and help us to resist the onslaughts of the Evil One. But the Lord will be enquired of, and it is by prayer we enquire of the Lord.

Our blessed Saviour had recourse to prayer very often in His earthly life, and if our Lord, Who was

perfect and holy, had need of it, how much more we, who are so very imperfect and prone to fall into sin, have need to use it. Our Lord taught us to pray that we might not be led into temptation, but might be delivered from evil, and also He specifically enjoined His disciples to “Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. “—Matt. 6: 13; Mark 13: 38.

We see, then, that prayer is a safeguard against falling when the adversary assails us with his temptations, one of which is to make us falter in our faith, and, if possible, overthrow us completely.

We can all look back in our experience in the faith and remember how at times our feet came nigh to slipping, and doubts and fears alarmed us. We felt our strength gone, as the opposing forces of evil closed in on us, but we remembered that God our Father was very ready and willing to help all those who sought His aid, and that we could come boldly to the throne of mercy and find grace to help in time of need; and by doing so, by using this weapon of prayer, the opposing forces fell back, our faith was strengthened, and we were enabled to continue in the good fight.

It is by prayer that we keep ourselves in the love of God—”But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God.”—Jude 20, 21.

Prayer to Assist Others

Not only have we to make use of prayer for ourserves, but also for others, that they also may be

enabled to continue in the good fight. Our Lord set us the example when He prayed for the disciples; so we ought to pray for one another.

The Apostle Paul, in his epistles to the Church, often asked that the brethren would pray for him,

and he told the Colossian brethren that he never ceased to pray for them; also the Thessalonians jrfrat he prayed always for them. He was very eager that they might all stand fast in the faith. He

knew the value of prayer, and so exhorted them all to pray without ceasing. If we are to kill the influences of the evil forces around us, we must keep our minds in the attitude of prayer.

It does not matter where we are, in our homes, at our daily occupations, riding in trams or trains, there can always be communion between our hearts and God. It is in this way that we can render harmless all the darts of the evil one.

It is said that electricity travels at the rate of 17,000 miles a second. That is marvellously quick travelling. But sincere, earnest prayer travels-quicker than that to the Throne of Grace; and when we appeal for help to resist the evil one the help comes at once. Let us then, dear friends, avail ourselves of this most powerful weapon.

Sharp Arrows

Another weapon often alluded to in the Scriptures is the arrow. Arrows have very sharp points, and, when shot out of a bow, can pierce very deep. In Psa. 45: 5 we read—”Thine [that is, God’s] arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies, whereby the people fall under thee.”

What are these arrows? We know it does not mean literal arrows or darts, such as were used in

ancient warfare; therefore they must have a symbolic meaning.

Psa. 64: 3 gives an explanation of the meaning of “arrows.” It is speaking of the workers of iniquity— ” Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter

words: that they may shoot in secret at the perfect.”

In verse 7 we read that “God shall shoot at them [the wicked] with an arrow: suddenly shall they be wounded.” As arrows in the hands of the wicked are said to be bitter words, that they hurl at the believer to wound him, we can depend upon it the arrows of the Lord are sharp and piercing truths that will sink deep into the hearts of the people who are against Him.

Some people are of the opinion that God being a God of love, they can go on and do as they like, and God will not punish them; but Psa. 7: 11-13 says— “God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, He will wbet his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against his persecutors.”

And, as we have previously seen, they are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies. We should never be guilty of using the arrows of the wicked; that is, bitter words spoken in malice to wound each other. The arrows we are to use are words of divine truth—from the inspired Scriptures

which will pierce the hearts of those who try to oppose us in our war against evil, and perhaps be the means of bringing them to see their error and turn them from their wickedness into the way that will lead them unto God.

Not Carnal Weapons

Now, although we have been talking about warfare and weapons, such as swords and arrows, it is explained in 2 Cor. 10: 3-6 that—”For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal., . . .”

The nations at the present time are warring after the flesh; that is, they arm themselves with carnal weapons, such as tremendous guns, and call to their aid all that science can do for them in getting deadly weapons with which to destroy human life and property.

They array themselves in great armies against each other, in order to obtain a victory over the nations opposing them.

But look at what it says in 2 Cor. 10—Our weapons are not carnal, not the weapons that the

nations are using; and our weapons are not used by us to destroy human life and property. Yet they are “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

“What are these strongholds that the Sword of the rit and prayer can pull down? In Eph. 6 it is

stated that—”We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against . . . the rulers of the darkness of

this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” and there is no doubt that they are veritable strongholds of evil forces. But we can be confident that our weapons are able to penetrate even there, and Tender those evil forces powerless to conquer the -child of God, who wields these weapons.

Then again what a stronghold unbelief is. It dates back to the very beginning of the human race.

When God said, ” I f thou eatest of the forbidden tree thou shalt surely die,” and Satan said, “Thou shalt not die,” our first parents did not believe God, and so they died.

Unbelief started there, and has continued right down the ages, and everyone who takes up arms in this glorious fight of faith will have that enemy to overcome. It behoves us to make good use of the Word of God and prayer, as only by these means can we hope to get strength to conquer.

Verse 5 goes on to say that the weapons are mighty in “Casting down imaginations,” or reasonings, as the marginal reading has it. We see that arguments are very prevalent in the present day, such as higher criticism, which tries to undermine the faith of the believer in the inspired Word of God, and is one of” the high things that exalteth itself as a fortification against the knowledge of God. But no matter how strong these fortifications are, the weapons that the

soldiers of God are provided with are mighty through Him to the pulling down of them.

And this is not all, as the end of the 5th verse says —they are able to “bring into captivity every

thought to the obedience of Christ.” What a marvellous victory that is; even our very thoughts made captive to Christ! How wonderfully kind is God, Who has provided us with His blessed Word, so that we need have no fear as to the result of our fight, if we only use the weapons in the manner that He has laid down for us to do!

We must be very careful throughout all our warfare, to see that nothing is done in the spirit of hatred or vain-glory with which earthly nations carry on their warfare. We are “not to war for any earthly glory or reward, but what we do must be done for the glory of God, and in the spirit of love to one another, with the view of helping all we can some other believer to fight on to the end against all the powers of wickedness that are arrayed against God, knowing that a rich reward, promised by the Captain of our salvation, awaits the conqueror—with which no earthly glory can be compared; and that is, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as “I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”—Rev. 3 : 21.

God grant that this may be the portion of each one of us!

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