THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD



While studying the Bible today, I read the author's comment below the Bible verses and I really loved it and I thought to share with you all. You know, I hear talks about the armour of God but I never really understood it until the author - not of the Bible but of the comment section - broke it down for me. I reccommend you get NELSON'S NKJV STUDY BIBLE. Its a very good Bible if you want to get in-depth revelations about the word of God.



The Explanation takes root from

Ephesians 6 vs. 14 - 17

  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.

His explanation goes thus - 

Verses 14 - 17 presesnts the six pieces of spiritual armor. Four are mentioned specifically and the belt and shoes are implied. Soldiers girded themselves with a belt, from which hung strips of leather to protect the lower body. Truth is considered crucial by paul (4:15, 25) because a dishonest christian cannot hope to withstand the father of lies himself. The truth referred to here is integrity, a life of practical truthfulness and honesty.

The breastplate of Roman times went completely around the body, so that the back of a warrior was also protected. The breastplate was made of hard leather or metal. The righteousness that the breastplate represents is not the righteousness of Christ, which all believers possess, but the practical, righteous character and deeds of believers 

The Roman soldier's feet were shod with hard, studded shoes. Paul used this image to represent the preparation of the gospel of peace. This may mean either that the gospel is the firm foundation on which christians are to stand or that the christian soldier should be ready to go out to defend and spread the gospel.

Above all may seem that the shield is to be used against everything. It may also mean that the shield is to cover the whole armor. A Roman Soldier's shield typically measured two and a half feet by four feet. The Christians shield offers protection against all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Flaming arrows could not penetrate the fireproof shield of the ancient Roman soldier, nor can the assaults of satan penetrate to the believer who places his or faith in God.

The helmet of salvation - The intricately designed Roman Helmet protected the soldier's head and also made him look taller and more impressive. The sword of the spirit is the only offensive weapon in the believer's armor. The weapon is not necessarily the Bible as a whole, but the specific word that needs to be spoken in a specific situation. To have the precise word ready, a person must know the Bible intimately.  

 

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