Armoured: Part 2
In Part 1 of this series we discussed the reality that as Christians it’s important to realize our battle is not against flesh and blood but rather against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph.6:12). Awareness of the level on which the battle is actually taking place requires us to amass weapons and armor that are effective in that arena. The many weapons which were originally designed for charges and hand to hand combat were paramount to battles before the invention of the gun. However, once armies began to be equipped with artillery that could allow them to remain at quite a distance and eliminate their enemy, the weapons used in ware fare took a dramatic turn. In the same way that even the best of the ancient warriors would not fare very well against today’s sophisticated weaponry, when we battle against spiritual forces we need to use weapons suited to the battle.
The good news is as Christians we do not have at our disposal weapons which simply match those of our enemies, our weapons destroy them.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Cor.10:4 ESV)
In Ephesians 6:13-17 we are given a list of powerful armor that our Father has made available to us through Christ. One thing to note here is the nature of the battle. The language used suggests not so much an aggressive fight but instead a simple assured “standing” against the attack of the enemy.
“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 firm.” Eph.6:13 ESV
Even the fact that these items are listed as armor indicates their protective nature. A major difference between the spiritual war being described in this passage and the many wars we see begin in the natural, is that this one is already won by the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We need only to stand in His victory.
Nevertheless this passage describes the part we play in enacting His victory in our lives. The first three items in this list given in Ephesians 6 are already a part of our attire through salvation.
I believe the Truth in this passage refers not only to the truth of the gospel which is Christ but also to specific truth we receive from God concerning every lie that lurks in our hearts. My experience with Holy Spirit led inner healing has given me a deep appreciation for allowing God to reveal the lies we really believe deep down, which affect the way we live, and then replace them with the truth. This makes freedom and victory possible even on the deepest level. His righteousness and peace guard us against the enemy’s attempts to separate us from the safety of our Father’s love with things like condemnation
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor.5:21)
The last three verses in our passage reveal additional armor to “take up” and “put on”. First, the “shield of faith” which is closely linked with truth because truth only becomes true for us when we believe it!
Faith is the application of truth to our lives which enables us to disarm the lies.
It connects us to what God has said about who we are and what He desires we have.
Second, salvation encapsulates us like a helmet to protect our most vulnerable part – our mind which is where so much of the battle takes place. All of these spiritual items of armor are made available through salvation and hinge on what He has done for us. As sons and daughters of God, our trust is in what He did not in what we do. This means our ultimate victory is secure in Him. We are His children and will never be separated from His love.
The final piece of armor mentioned in this passage is “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (v 17). In the original Greek the word used for “word” here is “rhema” meaning; an utterance or spoken word. It is not necessarily referring to the written word of God as a whole – the bible, but rather the specific scripture or word from God that the Holy Spirit brings to mind when we need it. It’s that perfectly timed remembrance of just the right word that strengthens us for battle and brings peace.
Father God intends for us to be victorious in all the spiritual warfare we face. He has provided for us all we need to overcome and is actively involved in the process. Although there is the reality of a battle going on around us we are more than equipped if we take Him up on the offer of His spiritual armor.
You are designed to win. Believe in His heart for you and His desire to clothe you in His armor in order to assure victory in every area of your life.