[CF Devotionals] 2009-05-31 - The Armor God Provides

The Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 8

The importance of understanding how to fight the good fight is vital to our ability to walk before the Lord as He calls us to, to allow Him to conform us to the image of Christ. We have already seen the work approach. But the best way to understand the right approach is to look at scripture, specifically this passage in Ephesians. But first I would summarize the concept of Spiritual Warfare by saying: we are fighting the battle properly, when we are living the Christian life as we are called to by the Lord. A godly life is the way we fight, not focusing on Satan and his minions, but instead, as Peter when he walked on the water, simply keeping our eyes focused on the Lord.

EPHESIANS 6:10: In his introduction to this passage Stedman notes:

“You can see this is highly figurative language. These are not entities in themselves but symbols of something real. In order to understand them we must look behind the figures to the reality. The armor is the way to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. The armor is nothing more than a symbolic description of the Lord himself. The armor is Christ and what he is prepared to be and to do in each one of us. When Paul speaks of these various pieces of armor, he is speaking of Christ and how we are to regard him — how we are to lay hold of him as our defense against the stratagems of the Devil. It is not merely Christ available to us, but Christ is actually appropriated.” 3

Hodge, in his commentary on Ephesians, speaking on this passage notes, “ That panoply consists —

  1. In the knowledge and reception of the truth.
  2. In the righteousness of Christ.
  3. In the alacrity which flows from the peace of the Gospel.
  4. In the consciousness of salvation.
  5. In faith.
  6. In the word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit.

To obtain strength to use this armor aright, and to secure victory for ourselves and for the army of which we are a part, we should pray. These prayers should be —

  1. Of all kinds.
  2. On every occasion.
  3. Importunate and persevering.
  4. By the aid of the Holy Spirit.
  5. For all saints.” 4

As you can already see, the thrust of this passage is not us fighting the battle, but instead appropriating Christ and standing firm in Him.

This is what I constantly try to pass on. If we can remember who we are in Christ and live in that truth, we will have victory in their struggles over sin and the spiritual battle. It is work, and sadly many are unwilling to work at much of anything anymore.

  1. Stedman, Ray C., Spiritual Warfare, Word Publisher, Waco, TX, 1976, p. 68.
  2. Hodge, Charles, An Exposition of Ephesians, The Master Christian Library, AGES Software, Albany, OR, Version 8.0 © 2000, p. 249-250.

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Geoff

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