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The Armor of God May 28, 2015

Posted by JP in Bible Study, Discussion, Faith, Scripture.
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Onward Christian soldier, step forth into battle equipped as God wills:

Ephesians 6:11-17 AMP  Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  (12)  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.  (13)  Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].  (14)  Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, (15)  And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isa. 52:7.]  (16)  Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  (17)  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Our armor, the battle-clothing of God, consists of:

The belt of truth:

Psa 119:160  The sum of Your word is truth [the total of the full meaning of all Your individual precepts]; and every one of Your righteous decrees endures forever.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

Joh 1:17  For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ

The breastplate of righteousness:

Rom 1:17  For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith

Rom 4:13  For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith

Romans 4:20-22 AMP  No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,  (21)  Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.  (22)  That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

Php 1:11  May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

The shoes of readiness for the Gospel of peace:

Rom 15:13  May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Col 1:20  and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross–whether things on earth or things in heaven

Colossians 3:15-17 HCSB  And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.  (16)  Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.  (17)  And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

The shield of faith:

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him

Psa 18:2  The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower

Psa 18:18  They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support.

Psa 25:2  O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.

Rom 8:28  We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

The helmet of salvation:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,

Galatians 4:4-7 AMP  But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,  (5)  To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].  (6)  And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!  (7)  Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 AMP  But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.  (14)  [It was] to this end that He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

2Ti 1:9  [For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].

Acts 4:11-12 AMP  This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. [Ps. 118:22.]  (12)  And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

Act 16:31  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”

The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 Timothy 3:15-17   and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  (16)  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,  (17)  so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Luk 11:28  But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!

Heb 4:12  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Col 3:16  Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.

Heb 4:12  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Our battles are not those of muscle against muscle, of flesh against flesh, for such battles are temporary – of this world and not beyond.  Our battles are fought for eternal loss or gain and our armor prepares us sufficiently to face our unseen enemy, (2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds)

God’s Word tells us that we are equipped to attack, He tells us to strap on His armor and advance into the fray (Jeremiah 46:3-4 AMP  Put in order the buckler and shield, and advance for battle!  (4)  Harness the horses, and mount, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets! Polish the spears, put on the coats of mail!), we do not wait for our enemy to come to us, we gird ourselves and advance into that most gruesome of spiritual battles; confident that His armor is sufficient to deflect the slings and arrows of our enemy, keeping us well protected and able to stand in the face of the onslaught which we draw by our God-given audaciousness.

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan writes:

But now in this Valley of Humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little way, before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him; his name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground. But he considered again that he had no armour for his back; and, therefore, thought that to turn the back to him might give him the greater advantage, with ease to pierce him with his darts. [‹1.83›] Therefore he resolved to venture and stand his ground; for, thought he, had I no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand.

Christian knew that his best defense was a strong offense. For while the armor of God is fully sufficient to protect us from attacks, it provides no protection for our back – our armor covers our front alone; retreat in the face of peril is certainly not an option which God has provided for.

So face the enemy in faith and righteousness my brothers and sisters, stand before your foe holding the shield of faith in one hand and wielding the sword of His Word in the other (2Co 6:7  By [speaking] the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand [to attack] and for the left hand [to defend];).

Do not falter, do not turn, do not flee.  Stand strong and press onward in your battle for the Lord.

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