The Armour of God
Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish 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. Ephesians 6:13-17
Paul wrote Ephesians while in prison and while chained to a Roman soldier. We assume then that this passage about the Christian’s armour was inspired by the prison and the soldier.That could be true but isn’t necessarily. In the above passage Paul alludes to Old Testament passages that seem to be speaking of Christ. Isaiah 11;4,5 49:2 and 52:7 seem to have bits and pieces taken from them and included here. If this is so then Paul’s emphasis in this passage comes back to who we are in Christ. He is the Warrior and not just in the sense of fighting for us but fighting in us and so through us. The armour is put on by the individual believer but when we fight, it is Christ Himself who fights. We fight in His strength and empowering. That’s Paul’s emphasis.
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