Some Christians Are Getting Disillusioned in the Faith, but When Jesus Promised Peace, in the Same Breath He Said We Would Have Tribulation


10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Stephen J. Cole writes in his commentary on this passage: “Jesus promised to give us abundant life, but He also said that He was sending us out as sheep in the midst of wolves. That picture might not fit your idea of an abundant life! Jesus promised peace, but in the same breath He said that in this world we would have tribulation. He assured us of His love, but He went on to say that the world would hate and persecute us. In Ephesians, Paul has just shown how the Spirit-filled home is a glorious picture of the loving relationship between Christ and the church. But he continues by telling us that the Christian life is nothing less than warfare against the hideous enemy that Luther called ‘the prince of darkness grim.’ It is vital for your survival as a Christian that you realize that when you became a Christian, you were drafted into God’s army. Daily you are engaged in a battle with an unseen spiritual enemy that seeks to destroy you. Otherwise, when trials hit, you will think that something is wrong. You will wonder why God has allowed this. You won’t understand the reality of your situation.”