PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
There is a world at war going on and has been since Adam and Eve. It is a war of good verse’s evil. This was manifested when Cain killed Able. Ever since then the battle of good over evil has been a prevalent theme throughout the Bible.
It’s no wonder that the Apostle Paul admonished the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God in the war that has been going on for thousands of years.
THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:11-18)
The whole armor of God is described metaphorically as having your loins girt about with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. But the armor of God is not all, Paul goes on to say that we should put on the whole armor of God and then pray always and watch for the evil enemy with perseverance.
Doing this will ensure our victory against the evil one. Let’s look more closely at the whole armor of God and see how each piece of the spiritual armor will protect us. The spiritual pieces of armor are truth, righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the spirit, praying and watching.
Some of the spiritual armor makes sense and is somewhat obvious like truth, faith, and prayer. Some not so obvious like the preparation of the gospel of peace and helmet of salvation.
Let’s look at all of these pieces of armor individually and in doing so we can also do an inventory check to see what we need to do to make sure our spiritual armor is on and ready to use against the powers of evil.
Truth comes from the Bible and the better we know it, the less likely we are to be lead astray by what other people think is truth. For example, if we are firm in our understanding of the book of Genesis and the creation, the floods etc. then we can understand the truth about how the earth was formed and not be lead astray by false science.
Faith is to believe in that which is true but not seen with the naked eye. Faith is to believe something by feeling it, not by seeing it. You can feel the wind but you can’t see it. You can even see the effects of wind but you can’t see the air blowing in all its fury. You can feel faith by the whispering of the spirit of the Holy Ghost and you can see the effects of faith but you can’t see it with the naked eye.
In the case of Jesus Christ and his gospel we see with our hearts, not our eyes.
With the help of the dictionary, “righteousness is the state or quality of being righteous. Righteous is characterized by uprightness or morality. Acting in an upright, moral way, a righteous and godly person.”
Righteousness is a way of living. If you are righteous then you are living and applying the gospel principles taught by Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to read “thou shalt not commit adultery” but it’s another thing to live by the higher law of not lusting after someone.
Living the gospel, not just reading about it . . . applying the gospel not just getting motivated by a Christian meme on Facebook is what it’s all about. If you are busy doing good and serving the Lord then you will be protected against the evil one.
The gospel of Jesus Christ as outlined and taught in the Holy Bible is the gospel of peace. If you love the Lord and are busy striving to keep his commandments then you are living the gospel of peace.
Looking up the word ‘preparation’ in the dictionary helps to make sense of the phrase
“the preparation of the gospel of peace” which could otherwise be phrased being prepared with the gospel of peace. This could also indicate that you are a peacemaker to the extent you can be, in a war between good and evil.
The gospel of peace or the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel whereby salvation comes from. If we know that we will be saved by the gospel of Christ, we can be brave in the fight against evil.
SPIRIT OF TRUTH
The spirit of truth testifies of the word of God which is found in the Holy Bible. If we are filled with the spirit of truth we will not be deceived in this war of temptation, thoughts and ideas contrary to righteousness.
Praying always is not compared to a piece of armor but it is mentioned prominently in this section of scripture because it so important that we talk to God. All the armor in the world and all the armies in the world can only prevail against wickedness if they are directed by the will of God. We find that will and word of God through prayer.
Armies are guided by a commander that sees the big picture and knows if the army should attack head on or in a flanking maneuver. God is our commander in this battle and praying to him makes perfect sense. We will let Heavenly Father guide our armies in defense of truth and righteousness.
Is their anything lacking in your armor that God has designed to protect us? If so, it is not to late to fix that armor and get it back on for your protection.
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