Sin is Defeated, Yet Sin Remains to be Fought

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:15-23

Preaching from Ephesians 1:15-23, John Piper shared a powerful message called The Immeasurable Greatness of His Power Toward Us. Verse 18 above tells us that Paul prays for believers to have “the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you;” that they may know “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” (v. 19).

But as Piper points out, sometimes it seems like we’re not walking in this reality. Rather than experiencing this power in our lives now and rejoicing it it, we are hindered by a spiritual dullness.

The transcript of the video follows:

Because of this spiritual dullness, we are not fully aware of the blinding, deadening power of sin that is now being conquered in our lives by God’s superior power. If you are feeling healthy, you will be thrilled with the power of your medicine, only if you know the deadly power of the disease it is holding back. If you are forgiven and have any measure of victory over sin in your life, you will be amazed at the power of God, only if you know the indescribable depth and power of sin.

Another reason we don’t feel the power of God toward us now is that we are not fully aware of the magnitude of demonic power that is coming against us at all times—yes, even in this modern, scientific age. If you feel safe, you will be thrilled with your protector, only if you know the deadly power of the enemy he is holding back. If you have any measure of freedom from demonic control, you will be amazed at God’s power toward you now, only if you know the indescribable power of Satan.

The message reminds us of the Resurrection’s power in our lives today. That Jesus is alive and He has defeated Satan, sin and death. He rules over all creation and although we still struggle, we will not be defeated by sin.

We will win.

Sin is defeated at the cross; yet sin remains to be fought. Satan was defeated at the cross; yet Satan remains to be fought. And for this fight, may God answer Paul’s prayer in our lives! May we know the power of God toward us who believe— resurrection power now—to live and die for the glory of Christ.

I testify from inside the battle to my comrades in the warfare: In the name of Jesus, and by the authority of his word and his blood and his never-ending life, we will win, for the glory of our risen king. Amen.

Read the full transcript over at Desiring God or watch the full sermon. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have.

Quotes by John Piper © Desiring God.

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  • http://www.hillsbiblechurch.org/ Don

    Aaron, thanks for sharing this with us.

    I’ve never thought about it in this way. Piper is saying that although we may not be aware of the ongoing battle God is waging on our behalf is reason for rejoicing even though we might be unaware of the conflict – “we are not fully aware of the magnitude of demonic power that is coming against us at all times”.

    God is our protector. Psalm 3:3 “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

      Thank you, Don, for sharing this verse.

      Something I’ve been pondering all day is how much I’ve been taking this for granted? That there is this conflict going on around me and in me, even when I’m not paying attention.

      Today I’ve been working on reading, rewriting and editing some materials that are extremely lacking in their focus on Christ, and some of this material has been weighing heavy on me.

      This sermon and your comment have been a great encouragement today.

  • http://mrwbbiii.wordpress.com MRWBBIII

    TO DESIRING GOD 2010 RICK WARREN JOHN PIPER ATTENDEES

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcvemw_to-desiring-god-2010-rick-warren-jo_webcam

  • http://www.thepath.cc Paul C

    Good post. Actually, today I just finished writing about this kind of warfare going on: http://www.thepath.cc/2010/strongholds

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks for the link, Paul. I checked out the post and really appreciated the approach you took. I hope your day is well!