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earlier still if all the testimony of the Scriptures are believed) there has
been a state of war. Mankind has never known what true peace is, and will
never know until this great war reaches its climax, and at long last all
enemies are subdued.
'For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet' (1
and with this in view, after He had offered one Sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down at the right hand of God,
'From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool'
When, at length, He comes the second time, armies follow Him, and out of His
mouth goes a 'sharp sword' for 'in righteousness He doth judge and make war'
(Rev. 19:11 -16).
The conflict of the ages nears its conclusion when there will be 'war
in heaven' (Rev. 12:7) followed as a consequence by Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).
A final desperate but abortive attempt follows the release of Satan 'for a
little season' (Rev. 20:7 -9). With these key passages in mind, the
prevalence of war throughout the history of man takes on a different
complexion. The massacre of the innocents (Matt. 2), the attempt on the life
of the Lord on the lake (Matt. 8:23 -27), the agony in the Garden (Matt. 26),
the crucifixion and burial, are all part of the Devil's campaign. We
therefore ask the reader to consider some passages of the Scriptures that
throw light upon the warfare that must accompany the proclamation of saving
grace, and some of the teaching relative to armour and conduct that will
enable us to 'stand in the evil day'.
We first of all direct the reader's attention to the closing portions
of the epistle to the Ephesians, introduced by the word 'Finally' (Eph.
6:10). At length this wondrous epistle nears its close. In height, depth,
length and breadth it stands without a peer in the whole range of inspired
Scripture. Readers of An Alphabetical Analysis, must have sensed that our
conception of truth makes this epistle to us something akin to what the
epistle to the Galatians was to Luther. It has given us a liberty beyond the
dreams of man. It reveals a Christ raised far above all, Who fills all in
all, Who ascended and descended that He might fill all things, Whose love
surpasses knowledge, Whose riches are unsearchable. It has given us a sacred
trust, a 'good deposit' to guard, a unity to keep. It has brought its
blessedness into every department of life. It takes us back before the
overthrow of the world, and on to the ages yet to come. Its grace abounds.
What then shall constitute the 'Finally' of the apostle Paul?
He reminds us that we are not actually seated in the heavenlies, but
beset by foes who at present are still at large. Though fellowcitizens of
the holiest of all, we are yet walking in the wilderness. Though sealed unto
the day of redemption, we have to remember that we actually live in an evil
day. Hence the apostle concluded his letter with an exhortation to be
strong, to put on the armour of God, to stand, to watch and to pray. The
language of faith says, as we look at our inheritance in the heavenlies, 'Let
us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome
it' (Num. 13:30). Caleb, who said these words, tasted something of the
strength that Paul refers to here, and knew something of the need for the
armour and the sword: