Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted August 29, 2021
“But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Ours are the weapons of righteousness (2 Corinthians 6:7).
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:11
The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (2 Corinthians 10:4). We put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14).
The Sword of the Word of God
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Jesus Christ is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13) and we have His living Word available to us.
“And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:17).
The Holy Spirit, which we receive through Christ Jesus, is our sword. In Him is our protection.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate…” (Isaiah 59:17).
Righteousness is a common word that we do not contemplate much… we often miss the depth of the concept. The 1828 Webster’s dictionary gives a beautiful definition of “righteousness”:
“Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. righteousness as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.”
The Helmet of Salvation
“For he put on… an helmet of salvation upon his head;…” (Isaiah 59:17).
Our helmet has redeemed us from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death. It has given us everlasting happiness. Our salvation is in an eternal spiritual kingdom, even now (see article “The Kingdom of God is Here”). There is nothing our enemies can do to harm us (2 Samuel 22:3).
The Garments of Vengeance
“…and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,…” (Isaiah 59:17).
Vengeance is the infliction of pain on another for an injury or offense. When infliction proceeds from a mere love of justice, and the necessity of punishing offenders for support of God’s laws, it is warrantable and just.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.Romans 12:17-19 (NKJV used here for emphasis)
We can be assured that every offense done to us by this world that hates us, will be avenged by our Lord.
The Cloak of Zeal
“…and was clad with zeal as a cloak.” (Isaiah 59:17).
Zeal is the passionate pursuit of any thing. It is an eagerness of desire to accomplish or obtain some thing.
We are in pursuit of the Lord and desire to obtain his merciful salvation. Our cloak is the cover of Jesus Christ.
The Belt of Faith
“…and faithfulness the girdle [belt] of his reins” (Isaiah 11:5).
Our faith in Christ is bound around our heart, protecting us from all evil.
Faith is also referred to as a shield in Ephesians 6:16:
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
The Shield of God
Ephesians 6:16 tells us about our shield of faith, but we also have a shield in God.
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
Our faith in His Word, Jesus Christ, will diffuse all evil that comes towards us.
The Shoes of the Gospel
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Ephesians 6:15).
We have prepared our souls for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior and our strength. We walk daily in the ways of the Lord, abiding in His salvation and sharing the gospel of mercy and peace.
“…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15).
Girded with Truth
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,…” (Ephesians 6:14).
We stand firm in the Word which is pure truth. And the Word is Jesus Christ:
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). The Lord is coming soon to avenge us of our enemies (Revelation 19:2).
Why Our Armor is Necessary
God saw that His children were “prey” of the unrighteous and He was displeased with the lack of justice extended to them. We can hear Isaiah’s exasperation with the sin of men in Isaiah 59:13-16.
13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:…
God is merciful and takes care of His children.
Our Weapons are Spiritual
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 explains:
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Our weapons are only as powerful as our obedience to Christ who has saved us. We must believe through faith and we will receive His mercy and grace.
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.Proverbs 20:22
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