The Whole Armor Of God

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Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph 6:13)

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as your days, so shall your strength be.”(Deut 33:25) 

Whole armour. Gr. panoplia, “complete armor.” This word is used in the NT elsewhere only in v. 13 and in Luke 11:22. A parallel to Paul’s thought is found in Isa. 59:16, 17. Some suggest that this passage may have been the source of his imagery:

Isa 59:16  And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Isa 59:17  For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

Other sources point to Paul’s knowledge of the armor of the Roman soldier, because he was chained to one for several years. The armor is God’s because He is the one who provides each particular piece of equipment that is itemized in (Eph. 6:14–17). We are asked to put it on and to fight the battle. THIS Battle is THE “good fight…” The One who forged the armor guarantees its effectiveness.

“May be able” In any armor but the divine, we would not be able to “stand.”

A half-armed soldier may well pay for their rashness. They would go out with a false sense of security, and the enemy is sure to seek out their unprotected parts.

As Christians, we are no better than anyone else; we are vulnerable at many spots, and often that characteristic we think is our strongest turns out, under temptation, to be our weakest. As a chain is no stronger than its weakest link, so the Christian is no stronger than their weakest element of character. In view of the variety of foes that must be met and the various weaknesses of the flesh, nothing less than the entire armor will suffice:

“So let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor 10:12, MKJV)

My personal favorite out of all the “armor verses” of Eph 6 is Eph 6:15

“…your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

The phrase of “feet shod” is what has caught my attention here. What is this “preparation” in its most practical terms? Could it have something to do with Deut 33:25?

“Your shoes shall be iron and bronze. And as your days, so shall your strength be.”(Deut 33:25) 

It seems like we are being told from Eph 6:15 that the “preparation” if we are “prepared” then we will have the strength we need for each day – according to Deut 33:25. It also seems like Eph 6:15 has a connection to isa 52:7, as it has some of the very same imagery re “shoes” or “feet” and being prepared to “bring good news:”

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, making peace heard; who brings good news, making salvation heard; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!” (Isa 53:7)

The New Testament repeats the very same idea and imagery:

“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom 10:15) 

Many of us are attracted by the beauty of Christ and the glory of heaven, yet we will shrink from the conditions by which alone these can become our own. There are many of us in the broad way who are not fully satisfied with the path in which we walk. We long to break from the slavery of sin, and in our own strength we seek to make a stand against our sinful practices. We look toward the narrow way and the strait gate; but selfish pleasure, love of the world, pride, unsanctified ambition, place a barrier between us and the Saviour.
To renounce our own will, our chosen objects of affection or pursuit, requires a sacrifice at which we mostly hesitate and falter and turn back. Many of us “will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Luke 13:24. We desire the good, we make some effort to obtain it; but we do not choose it; we have not a settled purpose to secure it at the cost of all things.

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