Read: Ephesians 6:14-17
14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The armor of God is given for our protection. God equips us so that we can stand for the Kingdom of God in the world, even under assault from the forces of evil. So let’s take a look at the armor God has for us:
- The belt of truth – This represents our faith in Christ and in His grace. Grace is the operative word: It’s how we stand. A humble heart is a strong footing.
- Breastplate of righteousness – The righteousness of Christ is shared with us through faith. It is not our righteousness, but Christ’s. The breastplate protects our heart: our love of Christ, and our faith in Him.
- Shoes to quickly proclaim the gospel of peace – “Peace” means “shalom”, and indicates health, wholeness, and harmony. This restored state is linked to the Biblical word for “salvation”, where we are God as intended us to be.
- Shield of faith – This “warfare is really a battle of contrasting worldviews. With the shield of faith the attack of the evil one is futile. Maybe you’ve seen the bumpersticker: “If the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.”
- Helmet of salvation – A helmet protects the head, brain, and mind. When we know who we are and Whose we are, we are well protected and prepared to handle either adversity or prosperity in life.
- Sword of the Spirit – this is the final item noted by Paul, and interestingly, it is the only offensive weapon mentioned in this passage; more about that next time.
All this talk of the “armor of God” can stir up some bravado; I caution against that.
Jude 9 describes a battle between two archangels: “ …when the archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Our call, our standing, our authority, our power is all from God. Never forget that.
Pastor Rob Nystrom