Put on the whole armour of God

Ephesians 6:11-24

We are about to read a peculiarly beautiful passage, in which the apostle represents the believer as a soldier, and urges hint to prepare for the battle by taking to himself all defensive and offensive arms.

Ephesians 6:11

Satan will assail every part of us, and therefore we need to be protected from head to foot, like the knights of old.

Ephesians 6:12, 13

If we fought with men we might be less guarded; wrestling as we do with subtle and spiritual adversaries, whose weapons are as mysterious as they are deadly, it becomes us to be doubly watchful lest in some unguarded point we receive wounds which will bleed for years.

Ephesians 6:14

A girdle of sincerity keeps the whole man in marching order, and braces him up to meet the father of lies. An insincere man is a loose man, and a loose man is a lost man,

Ephesians 6:14

This will guard the heart. The righteousness of God, imputed and imparted, will protect the heart, and blunt the edge of Satan’s temptations which he aims at the soul. Take notice that a breastplate is provided, but no backplate: we must never think of going back, we are bound to face the enemy, no provision is made for a retreat.

Ephesians 6:15

With a happy, calm, confidence, because the gospel has given us perfect peace, we shall march over the rough places of the way without becoming discontented or depressed. No pilgrim is so well booted and buskined as he who is at peace with God, his fellowmen, and his own conscience.

Ephesians 6:16

Faith, like a shield, covers all and is therefore important above all. Look well to your confidence in God, for if this fails all fails.

Ephesians 6:17, 18

He who is truly saved and knows it will wear a “helm of health.” The seat of thought and decision will be safe

Ephesians 6:17, 18

The Bible is a bright, keen, pointed, well-tempered weapon, for offence and defence, it cuts a way for us through all foes, slays sin, and chases away even Satan himself. “It is written” is the terror of hell.

Ephesians 6:17, 18

This weapon of all-prayer will often serve our turn when all others are out of our reach. So long as we can pray we shall not be overcome.

Ephesians 6:19-24

He winds up with good wishes and prayers. A Christian should be known even by his letters; when other men use empty compliments, he should abound in earnest prayers and holy wishes. Let us take note of this next time the pen is in our hand.

 

Soldiers of Christ, arise,

And put your armour on,

Strong in the strength which God supplies

Through His eternal Son:

 

Stand, then, in His great might,

With all His strength endued;

But take, to arm you for the fight,

The panoply of God.

 

From strength to strength go on,

Wrestle, and fight, and pray,

Tread all the powers of darkness down,

And win the well-fought day.

 

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