Sometimes it’s good to rethink a passage of Scripture. Recently, I read an explanation of the armor of God, and finally, someone wrote what I’ve always believed but rarely heard expressed. The armor is not something we just put on in an imaginary sense each morning. It’s so much more. Here is the meat of what it really means. See if you agree….
Eph 6:13-17. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
- The helmet of salvation – you got that the minute you gave your live to Christ. You don’t have to pretend to put some imaginary steel cap on your head in the mornings. It’s already there.
- The belt of truth you get from studying, learning, and knowing God’s Word, not by merely whipping it out of some pretend closet.
- The breastplate of righteousness is also something we already have. It’s the protection we have because we have exchanged our sin for Christ’s righteousness.
- Your shoes, the gospel of peace – This is when you make God’s Word part of you then, as you walk and meet people, you spread the Word by telling others about the peace you’ve found. We have something the world needs.
- The shield of faith comes as we feed on things that make us stronger. Study God’s Word as if it were your very lifeline. Because it is. Merely, holding up an imaginary shield doesn’t cut it.
- The sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon. As we get to know the Word of God front to back, layer upon layer, hunger for it and breathe it, that sword will get sharper and more effective. If we don’t arm ourselves with God’s Word, it’s about as effective as that imaginary one some people take up in the morning.
We already have all the parts of the armor at our disposal. Our part is to build them into our lives so we are prepared when we need them. Many Christians are unarmed, completely unequipped. Occasional curiosity about something in the Bible doesn’t cut it. Neither does regurgitating what someone else told us. It’s a hands-on project and we are responsible to keep our armor in good condition. We are members of God’s army and that’s what a good soldier does.
(Taken from “River’s Edge,” by Terri Blackstock, pages 276-279, Zondervan, 2004)