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A new thought on spiritual armor

By Elizabeth Prata

You know the paragraph at the end of Ephesians, right? The Spiritual Armor section from chapter 6. Here it is in case you’re not familiar-

The Whole Armor of God

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying 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, 19and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

**The Spiritual Armor section has usually been taught that we, the believer, possess various pieces of armor which we put on (as verse 11 says). Each piece corresponds to a different aspect of the believer’s life. It is not only defensive. Spiritual warfare is actually offensive, too. Continue reading “A new thought on spiritual armor”

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God’s Armor

By Elizabeth Prata

“Put on the whole armor of God…”

We often see kids in VBS or Sunday School with cartoon depictions of men in armor, the helmet, shield, belt, shoes, breastplate, sword. Besides, we’re all so familiar with the metaphor of armor that sometimes we tend to skim this portion of Ephesians 6.

We think, “I’ve got to put on my armor and make sure I’m suitably protected from the schemes and fiery darts of the devil…” We might picture ourselves as soldiers, wearing the gear from head to toe.

And that’s OK. That is all right.

But the beginning of this passage says ‘put on the armor of God.’ It’s HIS armor. Let’s look at some parallel verses from the Old Testament to see it:

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be the belt around His hips, and faithfulness the sash around His waist.

Isaiah 59:17

He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in a cloak of zeal.

Isaiah 11:5
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

2 Samuel 22:36
You have given me Your shield of salvation; and Your gentleness exalts me.

It’s God’s armor. When we put it on, we are putting on God, cloaking ourselves in His strength and might and protection.

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