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"Put on the full armor of God"

Jul 20, 2015 04:00 AM EDT

Ephesians 6:10-20

6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

6:12 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.

6:13 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.

6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

6:18 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 saints.

6:19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Today's message begins with the word, "in the Lord". It says to fight always being united to God. The book of Romans 8 also tells us that we will surly gain the victory. In the spiritual battle, we should start "in the Lord" and then conclude with "pray".

6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

At first, among the full armor, we need "the belt of truth". This means we should have a spiritual tension all the time. Actually, the issue of battle is decided already before the battle. So we need to stand firmly with a strong belief that we will win a sweeping victory. Sheath is hanging on the belt. When we have this conviction, we can put up the sword of truth. Without that, we cannot fight. How can we add will power and determination strongly? There should be training. Long time ago, the soldiers were even eager for battle because their training was so severe. When you train yourself hard, you might want to practice it. We should receive the spiritual training diligently so that we can be equipped with a determination.

Secondly, we need "the breastplate of righteousness". We must die right away when we get hurt on the breast. So we should protect it with the breastplate. We need to have righteousness in us. In the battle against the Evil, we fight using this righteousness. There is a power in holiness, cleanness. Satan always tries to capture the people of God with sin. When we commit sin, we become the servant of Evil. We should stand firmly on the doctrine of Salvation and Justification; that is "the breastplate of righteousness".

6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

We put on the shoes wherever we go. The verse 15 means we should preach the Gospel of peace wherever we go, whatever we do.

6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

"The righteous will live by faith." There is the attack from "the flaming arrows of the evil" here and there. It is hard to block those arrows with the sword. Therefore, we need "the shield", the faith which is unshaken.

6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

At fifth, we need "the helmet of salvation". In the era of Rome, they made very strong helmets. It can protect one's head from any kinds of arms. They decorated it with feather on the top boastfully to make the enemies frightened. Likewise, "the helmet" is a boast of Salvation, here. This is a boldness and spiritual authority. 'God saved His people and leads them; this is very critical weapon for the Christians.

Lastly, the word says to have "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God". In the battle, a soldier must hold on his sword with his hand mostly used. Then he holds on his shield with another hand. The sword is the strongest weapon. It brings the ultimate victory. As the army of faith of God, let us look back on ourselves to see what we are lacking and equip our spirits to stand firmly.