OUR OWN SPIRITUAL ARMOUR OF LIFE

THE INTRODUCTION.

The Bible says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (the tricks) of the devil. 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 of high place" (Ephesians 6:11-12). Now, in being New Testament Christians, God provides us with Spiritual Armour so that we can overcome the power of Satan and inherit Eternal Life Therefore, we need to wear the Spiritual Armour which God has provided for us to that we can enjoy the Spiritual Blessings of New Testament Christianity in this life. Remember: All Scriptures which are used in this article will be taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

THE NATURE OF OUR OWN SPIRITUAL ARMOUR

Paul said, "Wherefore take unto you the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to withstand 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" (Ephesians 6:13-17).

1. In being New Testament Christians, we must girt up our lions with the truth because the truth can make us free from our sins. Our Lord said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Our Lord said, "If ye continue in my words, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free", i. e. from your sins (John 8:31-32).

2. In being new creatures in Christ, we ought to put on the breastplate of righteousness because we must be righteous in this life. Paul said, "Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God; I speak this to your shame" (1 Corinthians 15:34). Our Lord said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

3. In being the sons of God by regeneration, we should shod our feet with the gospel of peace because we must prepare ourselves and others to meet the Lord our God. Paul said, "How then shall they call on him (the Lord) in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written., How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15).

4. In being New Testament Saints, we need to take the shield of faith so that we can overcome the wicked world. John said, "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 4:4). Our Lord said, "If thou canst believe, all things (winning the victory) are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23).

5. In being the disciples of Christ, we must put on the helmet of salvation (which would be the hope of our salvation) because we have been redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. Paul said, "Let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation" (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Paul also said, "What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glory God in you body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

6. In being New Testament Christians, we should take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God because the word of God is a defensive and an offensive weapon. Our Lord asked, "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breath the rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:29) The Hebrew writer said, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

THE PURPOSE OF OUR OWN SPIRITUAL ARMOUR

Paul said, "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the words of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:11-12).

1. In being New Testament Christians, we can withstand our Adversary because others have overcome Him with a working faith in the living God. Peter said, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, know that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8-9).

2. In being new creatures in Christ, we can overcome the forces of evil because our Lord will give us a victory over the powers of Satan. Paul said, "Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory (over Satan) through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that you labor is not in vain the the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

3. In being the sons of God by regeneration, we can rule eternally over Satan because we are suffering with our Lord in this life. Paul said, "If we suffer, we shall also reign (rule) with him (our Lord); If we deny him, he also will deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12). Our Lords said, "And he that overcometh (the forces of evil), and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; and as I received of my Father" (Revelation 2:26-27).

THE BLESSINGS OF OUR OWN SPIRITUAL ARMOUR

Paul said, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every though to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

1. If we be New Testament Christians, we can be strong in the Lord because He is our helper. The Bible says, "Let you conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me" (Hebrews 13:5-6).

2. If we be new creature sin Christ, we can be strong in the power of God because He will sustain us. Our Lord said, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41;10). Our Lord also said, "With men this is impossible (to save themselves by themselves); but with God all things (our eternal salvation) are possible" (Matthew 19:26).

THE APPLICATION

1. If we want to put on The Whole Armour of God in the right way, we must be willing to learn that the damnable heresies of the Sectarian World is what makes a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in a religious way upon the earth because they simply make the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons to exist in their man-made churches.

2. The New Testament Church of Christ must Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because each congregation of the New Testament Church must be autonomous (self-ruled), and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops. For an example:

THE RELIGIOUS INSANITY OF A RANKED HIERARCHY

THE FALSE DOCTRINES OF THE SECTARIAN WORLD

Our Lord said, "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures nor the Power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

1. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because Christ (not a redeemed man) is the Head (the Ruler) of the Lord's Church. Paul said, "He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning,, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence", i. e. being first in power, rule, and authority (Colossians 1:18). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly enriches the whole being of our own Redeemed Nature of life because a redeemed man can not rule over the Lord's Church.

2. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church must be autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops. Luke said, "And when they had ordained them elders (more than one person) in ever church, and had prayed, with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed" (Acts 14:23). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly exalts all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because a presiding elder can not rule over other elders or bishops, nor can a presiding priest rule over other priests in the Lord's Church.

3. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because all New Testament Christians are made to be kings and priest unto God so that the Lord can help them to rule over the forces of evil. John said, "Unto him (Christ) that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. And hath make us kings and priest unto God and his Father; unto him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:6-7). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly magnifies the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no redeemed king or priest can be any greater in power, rule, and authority than another redeemed king or priest in the Lord's Church.

4. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because no one religious man can be first in power, rule, and authority which concerns his leadership in the Lord's Church. John said of Diotrephes who wanted to be first in power, rule and authority, "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence (wanting to be first in power, rule and authority) among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth prating against us with malicious words; and not content therewith, neither doeth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church" (2 John 9-10). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly upgrades the whole being of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no one redeemed man can be first in power, rule, and authority in the Lord's Church.

5.
A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not make any priest (a religious person) to be our Spiritual Father upon the earth. Our Lord said, "Call no man (a religious person) your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly amplifies all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no one redeemed man can be our Spiritual Father upon the earth. For an example, we can not make any church leader to be called: Father Jones, Father, Brown, Father Burke, and etc.

6. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not made any redeemed man to be our Reverend upon the earth. The Psalmist said concerning the Divine Name of God, "Holy and reverend is his name" (Psalms 111:9). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly enhances the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because we can not make any church leader to be called by this Religious Title. For illustrating purposes, we can not make any church leader to be called Rev. Jones, Rev. Brown, Rev. Burke and etc.

7. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not pray to any angel or a loved one who has departed this life. Paul said, "Let not man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility (making others to be greater than you are in a religious way) and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly elevates the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because only the Lord -not an angel nor a departed loved one - can help us to overcome the forces of evil.

8. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because the distinction of the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of the New Testament Christianity. Paul said to the Church at Corinth which was making the characteristics of the Clergy and Laity Class of persons to rule in that Church, "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal"? (1 Corinthians 3:3-4) (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly extols all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of New Testament Christianity.

Our Lord said, "Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH shall make you FREE", i. e. of sin (John 8:32).

THE CONCLUSION

THE RELIGIOUS INSANITY OF A RANKED HIERARCHY

I. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because Christ (not a redeemed man) is the Head (the Ruler) of the Lord's Church.

2. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church must be autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops.

3. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because all New Testament Christians are made to be kings and priest unto God so that the Lord can help us to rule over the forces of evil.

4. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because no one religious man can be first in power, rule, and authority which concerns his leadership in the Lord's Church.

5.You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not make any priest (a religious person) to be your Spiritual Father upon the earth.

6. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not made any redeemed man to be your Reverend upon the earth.

7. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not pray to any angel or a loved one who has departed this life.

8. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because the distinction of the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of the New Testament Christianity.

QUESTIONS

THE RELIGIOUS FOLLY OF MAKING A
RANKED HIERARCHY TO RULE IN HEAVEN

I. T - F: How can you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin because God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit could not be the three Ranked Persons who created and redeemed your own divine nature of life?

2. T - F: Why can't you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin because God and Christ are the two Surnames in which three Equal Persons are made to work in matters of your own creation and redemption of life?

THE RELIGIOUS MADNESS OF MAKING A RANKED
HIERARCHY TO RULE IN THE LORD'S CHURCH

1. T - F: How can you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because the Scriptures forbids the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons to exist in religious matters?

2. T - F: Why can't you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church is autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its qualified elders or bishops?

THE APPLICATION

THIS IS THE GREATNESS OF YOUR OWN CREATION AND REDEMPTION OF LIFE

1. T - F:  Since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin, this greatly magnifies the whole being of your own creation and redemption of life because you are created and redeemed in the image and after the likeness of God and Christ who are the two Surnames in which three Equal Persons are made to work in matters of your own creation and redemption of life.

2. T - F: Since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this highly amplifies the total sum of your own creation and redemption of life because you are equal with any created or redeemed person in matters of your own creation and redemption of life.

YOU SHOULD LEARN AND OBEY THE TRUTH OF GOD

Be sure that you know and understand all of the above statements and questions because this is what life is all about. You only get one chance at life so you should learn all that you can about it because life is all that you possess and life is all that you will ever possess.

Please get others to read this article so that they can learn more about the Divine Blessings of their own being of life.

We in being New Testament Christians possess a created and a redeemed nature of life which we need to know about and understand fully in order to overcome the forces of evil.

May the Lord bless you and give you wisdom so that you can learn more about the Spiritual Blessings of your own being of life because your life is priceless.

Charles G. Burke: Elder / Minister