The Armour of God
This last passage in the book of Ephesians is a call to readiness.
It is a practical illustration for the walk of a Christian.
Although the war has been won, there are still many battles left.
Paul is teaching us how we can win those battles.
All the power is drawn from the might of Christ. See v. 10.
The Enemy (Eph. 6:10–12)
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
The Devil is the leader
Satan has helpers
The Equipment (Eph. 6:13–17)
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The girdle of truth (v. 14a)
The breastplate of righteousness (v. 14b)
Isaiah 59:17 See context
17 He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.
The shoes of the Gospel (v. 15)
7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
The shield of faith (v. 16)
The helmet of salvation (v. 17)
The sword of the Spirit (v. 17b)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
logos and rema are translated ‘word’, in Ephesians the original word is rema not logos.
The Energy (Eph. 6:18–20)
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
Pray in the Spirit
Pray and watch
Keep on praying
Pray for all the saints