We’re going to look at a series of Bible Studies about the Armour of God. A famous passage, but how much do we really know about it, and how is it relevant to Christians today? Here’s the passage in mind, in Ephesians 6:10-18:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor 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.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
From this passage, we can gather that our battle isn’t a physical one that we can see, but rather against spiritual forces of evil – the devil’s schemes. We need constant reminders of this, to keep us alert. Notice that it’s a given that we have to fight. No matter where we are on our walk with God, it’s very likely we’ll be running into opposition with the enemy. So over the next few weeks we’ll try to delve a little deeper into each piece of armour, of which there are six:
- The Belt of Truth
- The Breastplate of Righteousness
- The Shoes of Readiness
- The Shield Of Faith
- The Helmet Of Salvation
- The Sword Of The Spirit
Watch this space, and get your armour on!