Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6: 10-12
Paul, the author of the Book of Ephesians, uses the word “against” six times in the three verses above, indicating that we wrestle against these spiritual beings. As Christians, we strive to make progress towards God’s Kingdom, and Satan keeps turning us (and the world) in the opposite direction. Satan’s war against us is strategic, and very well organized.
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we prepare for this warfare by putting on “the whole armor of God”. In verse 13 we are given our charge for battle:
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
Verses 14-17 give us the six pieces of spiritual armor:
Stand therefore, having you loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. (The Girdle of Truth and The Breastplate of Righteousness)
And your feed shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace)
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (The Shield of Faith)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(The Helmet of Salvation and The Sword of the Spirit) (Ephesians 6:14-17)
Verse eighteen stresses the on-going need for prayer as a Christian warrior:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
In verses nineteen and twenty Paul seeks the prayers of his fellow Christians so that he might speak boldly and make known the Gospel.
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:19-20)
In Parts Two and Three, we’ll look closely at these six pieces of spiritual armor.
All Glory to God
His humble servant Lee M. Buchanan