Ephesians 6 Lesson

Putting On The Full Armor Of God

PUTTING ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD

In The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he wrote:

  • “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11.

It is interesting that Paul used the word “armor” in his letter. Throughout history, armor has been used to protect soldiers against their enemies, and that is exactly what God’s armor is for also! 

As Christians, we need to always be mindful that there is a constant battle going on between good and evil. Satan is a formidable opponent, and we must take precautions to protect ourselves against his relentless attacks.

The New Testament mentions four times that Satan is the ruler of this world (for non-believers)! That certainly helps explain why the world is so full of conflict, and why bad things happen to good people. The Bible teaches us that Satan is relentless in his attacks against us as he rages war against our very souls! Consider the following warning written by Peter in his first epistle:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

We need to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to protect ourselves against his attacks.  

PREPARING OURSELVES AGAINST SATAN’S ATTACKS

There are things that we can do to protect ourselves against the relentless attacks of Satan. As God’s children, we understand that regardless of how powerful Satan and his evil forces are, they are no match for the power of the almighty God!

In John's Gospel, he records the following words spoken by Jesus.  Here, Jesus tells us how nothing, or nobody, can harm us (spiritually) when we are under His protection.  Jesus says:

  • “And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.” - John 10:28-30.

When life’s storms come, we know that we will be able to weather them because of two things:

  1. God's power,
  2. The protection that we receive through Jesus.

This does not mean that life will be easy. That is simply not what the Bible teaches.   What it does mean, is that we will be able to survive, if we keep the faith and put on the full armor of God! 

During the most difficult of circumstances, we need to stand firm in the faith as Paul encourages us to do in the following scripture:

  • “Stand firm therefore having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faithwith which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:14-17.

WHAT IS THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD?

In Ephesians 6:14-17,Paul references these six things that make up the full armor of God:

  1. Girding our loins with truth,
  2. The breastplate of righteousness,
  3. The Gospel of Peace,
  4. The shield of faith,
  5. The helmet of salvation,
  6. The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

To protect us during times of adversity, God gives us:

  1. His Word,
  2. His Spirit,
  3. Our faith.

The devil  would love for us to try to battle him without our armor!   That would make his goal of devouring us so much easier.  What a foolish mistake it would be to ignore the gift of God's protection and try to battle Satan without the full armor of God!

CONCLUSION

Only when we put on the full armor of God can we stand firm against the attacks and many schemes of the devil. We can prepare ourselves for Satan’s attacks by focusing on six things mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that together make up the full armor of God:

  1. Girding our loins with truth,
  2. The breastplate of righteousness,
  3. The Gospel of Peace,
  4. The shield of faith,
  5. The helmet of salvation,
  6. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The good news for us is that we are not in this battle between good and evil alone. We have God’s Word, His Spirit, and our faith to help us through it!

We will end today’s lesson with the following quote from Paul’s second letter to Timothy. It reminds us of what we hope to be able to say whenthe day of judgmentis upon us:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” - 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Comments

Dan

It is quite common to try to battle the flesh with the flesh. For example.. anger with anger. It takes self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, to avoid rendering evil for evil, such as verbal (or even physical) retaliation. The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is a weapon of warfare that could destroy our enemies—by making them a brother or sister in Christ.

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Pastor Chisco

Nice

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Dan

It is quite common to try to battle the flesh with the flesh. For example.. anger with anger. It takes self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, to avoid rendering evil for evil, such as verbal (or even physical) retaliation. The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is a weapon of warfare that could destroy our enemies—by making them a brother or sister in Christ.

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Michael
Dan

Amen Dan! Jesus always turned the other cheek. The flesh side of us does not always want to do that, and it is not the norm. But when we listen to the Spirit and do turn the other cheek, it makes an even bigger statement than if we retaliated in any way.

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Dan
Michael

Agreed, Michael. We reason that we must retaliate to be strong, but it is God who will strengthen us in the war against Satan!

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Sunshine
Dan

I would agree. Spiritual warfare is about faith and prayer. We have armour but no weapons. How can you fight evil spirits when we weren’t given weapons to even harm them as they seek to steal, kill, and destroy. Leaning and depending on God and Jesus Christ is the only recourse.

I like the comment in the lesson that Satan would love to catch us trying to go it on our own. It is better to trust in the Lord and all His goodness.

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