Let’s take a look at the armor of God.
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.
The first piece of the armor of God is the belt of truth. “The belt tied tightly around the waist indicated at the soldier was prepared for action.”1 The truth we are to tie around our waists is the truth of the gospel. We cannot be ready for battle until we know and understand the truth of the gospel. Who well do you know the truth of the gospel?
The second piece of armor is the breastplate of righteousness. It “covered the body from the neck to the thighs. It was known as a heart protector. In this context righteousness stands for uprightness and integrity of character. Our righteousness comes from Christ, it is not because of what we do but because of what He has done for us. Our hearts are to be protected by knowing where our righteousness comes from and wanting to live lives of integrity because of it.
The next piece of armor is the readiness of our feet. We are to be ready to share the gospel of piece and take it out to the world. When we understand the peace that comes form Christ, we can’t help but want to share it with others. Who have you shared the gospel with lately?
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.
When we face temptations from the enemy, it is our shield of faith that will extinguish them. We have to be firmly rooted in our faith and know how God wants us to live our lives and choose to follow His plans not our own or those we may be tempted to follow. When temptations come we can rely on our faith to help us withstand the temptations. The next piece of armor is the helmet of salvation. “‘Take’ is really receive or accept (dexasthe). The previous items were laid out for the soldier to pick up. The helmet and sword would be handed him by an attendant or by his armorbearer. The verb is appropriate to the ‘giveness’ of salvation.”
The final piece of armor is also the only offensive weapon. The word of God is the only offensive weapon we need. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, He responded to each temptation with a word from God. He did not argue or try to explain his position, He simply stated the word of God. When we face temptations and challenges, being able to recall Scripture is what will help us overcome and persevere. This is why it is so important for us to know the word of God for ourselves and even memorize it. Our sword won’t be very effective if we can’t recall any of God’s word in our times of trouble.
Paul calls for us to put on the full armor of God. Which part of the armor are you lacking today? What do you use as an offensive weapon? How sharp is your sword; how well do you know the word of God?
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Quotes from “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, Vol. 11, Zondervan