Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. – Ephesians 6:10-11 ESV
Paul was saying, FINALLY- the last thing I want to leave you with- pay attention- this is IMPORTANT! Why do we put on the ARMOR of GOD? Because our BATTLE is NOT with flesh and blood, NOT WITH the temporal- but SPIRITUAL forces! As was brought to my attention, there are 7 parts to the ARMOR OF GOD; 6- expressed, 1- IMPLIED! We need the BELT OF TRUTH: The belt of truth holds everything together. The belt was the central piece of Roman armor. Everything else buckles into it, attaches to it, and it holds up everything else! Through Christ, everything is held together by His Truth. BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: It PROTECTS the power source, the HEART, and other VITAL things! The Roman breastplate was a fitted piece of armor, constructed in segments to cover back, front and shoulders. It protects vital organs- it was relatively light- like Christ’s righteousness is an easy yoke and a light burden, compared to poorly refined iron and much more effective compared to leather hides.
Leader, the SHIELD OF FAITH: The shield of the Roman soldier was a BIG DEAL. It was a full three feet tall and curved around the body. One could fully crouch behind it and be safe from whatever the enemy threw at you! (Eph 6:16) The soldier could TRUST in that protection! In Greek, the word for faith and trust are identical! The HELMET OF SALVATION: this protects our HEAD! The helmet of salvation protects our thoughts- the true battleground. Our enemy falsely accuses and lies to us- this helmet allows us to remain FOCUSED on HIM and HIS WORD. “But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8) The SHOES OF THE GOSPEL: If we stand firm in the GOSPEL (Good News) of Christ, we bring peace, and it is this good news that anchors us against the assaults of the world! If we are going to be successful in the LORD, we need a PAIR OF CLEATS (parakletos)– the Holy Spirit, who gives us a FIRM FOUNDATION to STAND FIRM! These FIRM FEET are beautiful to the recipient and the LORD! (Isaiah 52:7)
Conduit, the last of the EXPRESSED Armor of God is our only OFFENSIVE weapon in our arsenal! The SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, the WORD OF GOD, the Bible! Held in one hand opposite the shield, the Word is what we use to “take all things captive for Christ,” for Jesus Himself is the “Word made flesh.” When we need to fight- to mount an attack on the darkness of this world and in our lives, our only weapon is Jesus and HIS WORD! Jesus did the work, He paid the PRICE and IN HIM, THROUGH HIM- we have the victory. The final piece- the 7th, and it should be accessed FIRST, is PRAYER! Eph 6:18: Praying always with prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Priscilla Shirer put it this way: “If we wear our armor daily we are prepared physically, however, we are not covering the area in which the battle is fought, attacking the enemy spiritually with the only part of the armor that breaks down walls and cuts the enemy to shreds.” Why are we COMMANDED to put on the Armor of God? Because we have a GOOD, GOOD FATHER- ABBA! So, when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself, that you may be able to stand your ground, you shall be able to confront The Evil One, and when you are ready in all things, you shall stand! Glory to God in the highest and PEACE to HIS PEOPLE in the battle! Remember, ‘The Battle’ is the LORDS!