The Whole Armor of God
I am fascinated by the amount of preparation, money, training and the sheer numbers of men and women that go into our U.S. Armed Forces to protect our freedom and defend our nation. Every soldier is trained with the most basic task of dressing and arming himself. It is critical that a soldier is prepared in every way for the battle that lies ahead. First, he must know what battle armor he is to wear. Second, he needs to actually have the uniform and weapons of war. And third, he has to put it on. If a soldier fails to put just one piece of armor on, this can prove to be deadly in the attack of the enemy.
In Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul commands the believer to put on the whole armor of God. Notice he does not say, “Here are some tips or here are a couple things that work well in your fight against the enemy.” No, he says, “Put on the whole armor.” God wants His people to be fully equipped to fight this battle. So what is the battle? Paul answers that this is not like any earthly battle, but a spiritual one. It is a battle against the rulers, authorities, cosmic powers and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. We, as believers, are in a spiritual war. We are under constant attack by the enemy and we must be ready and armed to stand firm in the Lord to the end.
Paul does not tell us to be personally strong and utilize our own skills in defeating the enemy. Rather, he says, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. God does not leave us to fight our own battles; He provides all the armor necessary for every Christian to stand firm. It is in only through His power and His might that we can have victory over the evil present in this world. In every circumstance in life, let us be ready to engage in the spiritual battle with not just pieces of armor, but the whole armor of God.
There will be more to come as we consider the six components of the armor of God listed in Ephesians 6:10-20: belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes for your feet, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit.