I wanted to share with you a little different look at Ephesians chapter six, and maybe make it a little clearer or at least give you a broader view.
As you probably know, Ephesians six is where Paul writes of the armor of God, but I don’t believe the parts of the armor (the sword, shield, etc.) is Paul’s main point.
Consider this: Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul says, “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8). You’ll notice that these pieces of armor differ from those in Ephesians. Obviously, the description of the armor isn’t the main idea Paul wants to express. So what is the lesson the Apostle wants to convey?
Let’s read it and take out the armor reference.
“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. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
- Having truth,
- Having righteousness,
- Having the gospel of peace,
- Taking faith,
- Taking salvation,
- And taking the word of God,
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:10–18).
It seems to me that the Apostle’s aim is for us to be knowledgeable and skillful in the things God has provided, which is our armor, and not fussing over the representation of armor pieces.
What God wants us to do is:
- Walk in the truth of the word of God so “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Ephesians 4:14–15),
- Walk in the righteousness of God by faith in Christ and not rely on our own works of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21),
- Walk in the peace of God because Jesus bore the sin of sinners (Romans 5:1),
- Know how to walk by faith because “this is the victory that overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4),
- Walk in the grace of salvation that makes us strong when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9),
- And be able to use the word of God like Jesus did (Matthew 4:1–11) to overcome the schemes of the Devil.
God bless, and I hope this shines more light to help you on your journey.
Stay strong and prepared!