Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Bugle Call for War
Surely nothing has done so much harm to the true doctrine of sanctification as what are generally described as “devotional talks.” It is a part of this same “nice teaching” — quiet devotional talks, with simple affecting illustrations! But that is not what the Apostle is talking about. What we have here is the exact opposite. We have a martial atmosphere, we have a rousing, stimulating call. It is a trumpet call — “BE STRONG IN THE LORD, AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.” Do you not hear the bugle, and the trumpet? It is a call to battle; we are being roused, we are being stimulated we are being set upon our feet; we are told to be men. The whole tone is martial, it is manly, it is strong.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg. 21-22