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The Full Armor of God

The apostle Paul asks us to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). What is the full armor of God? The full armor of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is asking us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul is asking us to stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. He is asking us to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one and to take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Holy Spirit. He is asking us to pray in the Holy Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. He is asking us to be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. He describes the full armor of God in military terms. If you get rid of the military terms from his description of the full armor of God, you have such terms as truth, righteousness, your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer. And all these terms belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the Lord Jesus Christ, all they are just empty words and vocabulary. Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the word of God and prayer are all the properties of the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these treasures have already been given to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the reason why Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” This means that we should put on the full armor of God-the Lord Jesus Christ. These terms are all included in the apostle Paul’s description of the gospel message in Romans 10:7-9. Such heavenly treasures as truth, righteousness, faith, and salvation are already yours in Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is nothing in these terms that you have to worry about. But the other heavenly treasures such as your feet fitted for the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the word of God as the sword of the Holy Spirit and prayer are the potential treasures. The reason why they are called the potential treasures is that unless you put them into action and practice, they cannot demonstrate their true value and power. Your feet of the gospel of peace means evangelism. The word of God is the Bible as the sword of the Holy Spirit. You know already know what prayer is. Unless we have all these 7 heavenly treasures, the Lord Jesus Christ will not fight against the devil’s schemes on behalf of us Christians.


The problem is that you have such potential treasures as your feet fitted with the readiness

that comes from the gospel of peace, the word of God and prayer, but do not put them into

action. You should not only defend yourselves from the attack of the devil, but also attack the devil by prayer, evangelism and the word of God. Unless you put evangelism, the Bible and prayer into action and practice, you cannot attack the devil and the power of the Holy Spirit can not be demonstrated in your spiritual journey. Unless you put them into action and practice, you cannot put on the full armor of God-the Lord Jesus Christ. Unless you put them into action, you cannot be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. This is the reason why the apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. (2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his pleasing, good, and holy will!”

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