Useful Bible Studies > Ephesians Commentary > chapter 6

What it means to ‘stand for God’

Ephesians 6:13

We have often said that a Christian must ‘stand for God’. Let us examine what we mean by that phrase. People often have beliefs and opinions, for example about politics, which hardly seem to matter to them. Perhaps they are willing to change those opinions whenever it suits them. We can see that, in reality, such beliefs are unimportant to them. When troubles happen, they are unwilling to stand for their belief or opinion.

On the other hand, a Christian’s trust in God is extremely important. The Christian has chosen to depend completely upon God in every circumstance (see Hebrews 11:1-16). When troubles happen, that Christian’s trust in God needs to become even stronger, and not weaker (Hebrews 10:35-39). That is what it means to stand for God.

That is like when a soldier fights in a battle. The soldier’s task is to fight for the piece of ground on which he stands. The soldier must not become afraid and move back from his position. If he does, his enemy will take advantage of his weakness. Then the soldier will be even weaker (see Psalm 78:9).

God has provided everything that a Christian needs to be strong for him. So, the Christian does not depend on his own strength, but on the strength that comes from God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The Christian may have great troubles, but God is always on his side (Romans 8:31-39). God is his helper (Psalm 91); God defends him constantly (Psalm 18:1-3; Psalm 121:1-2).

Next part: Truth and righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)


Please use the links at the top of the page to find our other articles in this series. You can download all our articles if you go to the download page for our free 1000+ page course book.


© 2019, Keith Simons.