The Full Armor of God: Why do we Wear it?

I am sure that most Christians have heard about the full armor of God. In Ephesians 6 Paul details the pieces of armor that the saints are to wear so that they are fully equipped to fight in the spiritual battle that is constantly ongoing. Let’s take a look at why Paul says we should wear this armor.

Here is the full passage that details the armor of God:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 saints. (Eph 6:10-18 NIV)

Luckily the answer to the question ‘why’ is right there in the text for us, no digging required!

Paul exhorts us to put on the full armor of God for at least 5 reasons:

  1. To be strong in the Lord.
  2. To be in the Lord’s mighty power.
  3. So we may take a stand against the devil’s schemes.
  4. Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
  5. So that we may be able to stand our ground.

To me that sounds like a pretty complete list of reasons to put on the full armor of God each and every day! Tomorrow we will start looking at the pieces!

Grace & Peace,

J

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