THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10–18)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.Ephesians 6:10–18
We require spiritual assistance in our battle against Satan, his world, and our natural weaknesses. God gives us his mighty armor so we can be protected and victorious!The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit are the six components that make up the armor of God, according to Ephesians 6:10–18. Below is a list and description of every piece of God's armor.
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The Armor of God List:
- The belt of truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- The shoes of the gospel
- The shield of faith
- The helmet of salvation
- The sword of the spirit
- Praying in the spirit
For Our Struggle Is Not Against Flesh and Blood.
The Christian life is frequently illustrated in the Bible as a battle with sin and the devil. We are Christ's soldiers engaged in a spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:3, 4; 2 Timothy 2:3, 4). the Bible states "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against... spiritual hosts of wickedness," (Ephesians 6:12). In order to be able to resist the devil's tricks, the apostle Paul exhorts Christians to "put on the whole armor of God" (verse 11).Let's examine each piece of this spiritual armor to see how it can help us, as soldiers of Christ in our battle, to be victorious over the "spiritual hosts of wickedness".
- The Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14)
Paul says, "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist." Truth serves as the anchor that secures the other parts of the armor. The truth is a component of God's armor in two different ways.
First, it contrasts the devil's lies with the truths of Scripture. The father of lies is Satan (John 8:44). You will come to know the truth, and the truth shall set you free, Jesussaid (verse 32). The fundamental biblical truthslove, God's salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the Second Coming, forgiveness for sin, grace, and the ability to live for Jesusset us free from the lies of the devil. Satan wants us to think that we are hopeless, lost, and sinners. The truth is that we are no longer bound by sin or death because of God's love and salvation.
The full armor of God is held together by our personal commitment to truthto leading a morally upright, open, and truthful life. This is the second way that truth acts as a belt. Your Christian life depends on your integrity and honesty. You should let people know that they can count on you to be a person of integrity and morality.
- The Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)
The breastplate protects the heart and other critical organs by covering them. The Bible says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). That is what your justification in Christ accomplishes. You are shielded from all of Satan's accusations by it. Your nice deeds do not constitute this righteousness. No one of us is virtuous in and of themselves, according to the Bible (Romans 3:10).When we embrace Jesus as our Savior, He freely gives us His righteousness, which serves as the breastplate of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 3:9). We are covered and safeguarded by Christ's righteousness, not by our own.
- The Shoes of The Gospel (Ephesians 6:15)
Soldiers must wear comfortable shoes when walking into battle. We must put on "gospel shoes" that will enable us to follow where our Lord leads as soldiers of Christ. "He who says he abides in Him [Jesus] ought himself likewise to walk just as He [Jesus] walked,” (1 John 2:6). Jesus said "My sheep hear My voice, and they follow Me," (John 10:27). Satan will make an effort to put barriers in our way, but with Jesus' strength we may move forward, obeying our Lord and furthering the gospel while following and serving Him.
- The Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16)
Paul said, "Above all, [take] the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery arrows of the wicked one," when outlining the many components of the armor of God (Ephesians 6:16). The shield of faith deflects the blow when Satan attacks with doubts. Faith keeps us persistent in following Jesus even when temptations arise. Because we are aware of in whom we have placed our trust, we can withstand all of the devil's scorching darts (2 Timothy 3:12).This trust is not something we own internally. It is a gift from God to us. He grants us everyone a certain amount of faith (Romans 12:3). Then, as we proceed in our walk with Him, that faith deepens and matures into a shield that covers us and enables us to experience victory in Christ. Paul had a similar experience. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. I now live in the flesh by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have maintained the faith, he said at the conclusion of that life of faith (2 Timothy 4:7). That may also be your experience as you employ the shield of faith to repel all of Satan's attacks.
- The Helmet of Salvation(Ephesians 6:17)
As the seat of cognition and the mind, the head is arguably the most important portion of the body and is protected by the helmet. We won't be swayed by Satan's tricks if we are confident in our salvation. We will experience a serenity that nothing can disturb when we are sure that we are in Christ and that our sins have been forgiven.Can we be sure that we are saved? Are we certain?
Yes. "He [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness if we confess our sins," the Bible says. (1 John 1:9). "God has giving us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the son has life (1 John 5:11, 12).
- The Sword of The Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
The sole offensive weapon specified in the armor of God is the sword of the spirit. The remaining components are all defensive in character. The Bible, which is God's Word, is referred to as being " For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit" (Hebrews 4:12). When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus utilized this strategy. Jesus responded, "It is written...," to each of Satan's attempts to entice Him to sin, then used Scripture to refute those arguments. The Bible is the truth (John 17:17). That is why it has such strength. Because of this, it is crucial that we read, study, and get familiar with the Bible's wisdom and authority. "Your word is a candle to my feet and a light to my path," David wrote (Psalm 119:105). The devil and his temptations are our enemy, and the sword of God's Word both defends us and vanquishes him.
- Praying In The Spirit (Ephesians 6:18)
Despite the fact that prayer is not a part of the entire armor of God, Paul ends his list by urging us to "pray continually with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:18). Even though you are wearing God's armor, you still need to cover it all with prayer. Through prayer, you can establish communication and relationship with God, which will enable His armor to defend you.
How Do You Put on All Of God's Armor?
In conclusion, It's not as challenging as you may imagine. In a connection with Jesus, one can find all the components of the armor. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, as Paul put it (Romans 13:14). You put on the full armor of God when you submit to Jesus and "put on" His righteousness.
Do you ever experience weakness? Do you often find yourself giving in to temptation even when you're trying to resist it? Do you ever feel defeated? These situations confront us all. The weakest of God's children, however, is more than a match for the devil when wearing all of his armor. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:10, 11).