The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (ESV)
This stirring passage is not just about our personal battle with evil; in the context of the whole letter to the church in Ephesus it is about the big ‘battle of the gospel’, with God’s holy people on one side (backed by God himself), and the devil and all his forces on the other. At stake is the proclamation of the gospel, the perseverance of God’s people, and the ongoing unity and growth of the church.
- What are the forces ranged against us?
- Having been armed with God’s armour and power, what outcome should we be looking for?
- Why is prayer so important in the battle?
How does this reminder of our opposition help you in your journey as a Christian?
Pray for the progress of the gospel in your own life and in your community.