God’s Armor

The book of Ephesians is a beautiful book. Well, all of God’s books in the Bible are beautiful … because they all point to Jesus. Getting back to Ephesians, it can help you with understanding who you really are “in Christ”. Take time to look for all the times that it says, who you are “in Christ”. Another special thing about the book of Ephesians is that it tells you what a husband-wife relationship should look like, because it is meant by God to be a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church.

However, the particular truth from Ephesians that I want to focus on with this page is “the whole armor of God”, covered by Paul in chapter 6. “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 girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is 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 …”

Take special note of the example of Jesus, when He was tempted by Satan. This is found in Matthew chapter 4 and Luke chapter 4. If you study these two passages of Scripture, you will find that Jesus answers Satan’s temptations with “It is written …” Jesus quotes Scripture from the Old Testament, speaking truth in His heart. In Matthew 16:23 it is said of Jesus, “But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” ” Note that this temptation came from Satan through the mind and mouth of Peter.

Peter himself tells us, in 1 Peter 5, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”