We discuss God’s provision of the armor in our stand against the influence of darkness. Our faith is under attack, and each piece has to do with the truth.
Our new identity aligns us with Christ, and thus brings us into conflict with the evil one. What we know about Satan helps us stand when he attacks.
Being Spirit-filled transforms attitudes, words, and actions in everyday life. Our new identity calls us to be distinctive in the way we live and work.
Being filled with (controlled by/submissive to) the Spirit leads to a mutual submission of love and respect in marriage
We live our our new identity in Christ by intentionally being under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Purity is as much an evidence of our new identity as love. The transformation requires an intentional choice that flows from a renewed mind.
We are to live worthy of our calling, and so, as being part of God’s new community, the first, important outcome is to live and serve together in unity.
Paul calls us to pray for the grace and power needed to live out our new identity (which is the subject of his teaching in chapters 4-6.)
The new community that we are a part of (the Church) is a living organism – the Body of Christ
Paul prays that we grow in our experience of His power, our assurance of our hope, and awareness of our new identity as being God’s inheritance!