Christianity 201

September 3, 2012

Ready for the Fight

Today’s post is an introduction followed by six links to a study on The Armor of God (TAOG) from Ephesians, chapter 6.  The author is David Kenney.  I haven’t linked this piece — titled, Do You Feel Invincible? — here in the intro because of the links that follow.  

NOTE: If family Bible study and devotions isn’t something that takes place in your home, this series of seven short articles is a great place to begin.  Start today with these readings, and the pray together as a family.

Ephesians 613 Thereforetake up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand inthe evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.14 Stand therefore,having fastened on the belt of truth, andhaving put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and,as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.16 In all circumstances take upthe shield of faith, with which you can extinguish allthe flaming darts ofthe evil one;17 and takethe helmet of salvation, andthe sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

I can remember learning about the armor of God using a graphic of a Knight. Literally a British suit of armor. And I guess it doesn’t really matter what image you use when you think of the armor of God, but sometimes it’s nice to have a visual of what Paul would have thought of.

Paul says to pick up the “ponoplia” – this – is the Panoplia. It is the entire, the full suit of armor that a Roman legionnaire would wear. The ponoplia would include your entire military dress including weapons. These Roman soldiers signed up from anywhere to 10-25 years of service. These men were tough as nails and were a military might for almost 2 thousand years.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese philosopher and military strategist. His book, the art of war is infamous.

In his book, Sun Tzu says that “Invincibility lies in the defense.”

Let me ask you something. When life hits you, do you feel invincible? Do you feel like you could stand up and take on the whole world? Do you shout at the sky, “Bring it on! I double dog dare you?”

Or most of the time do you feel like life is impossible? And that any day your world is going to collapse and the enemy is going to win again?

Let me tell you, the average Roman centurion felt invincible. Every day they put this on and went about their duties, these men knew they were the ultimate fighting force in the world – and they fought for the ultimate empire.

And so the Armor of God, is meant to give you that same assurance, that same inner strength – and I would argue that if you don’t feel invincible, then you need to check your gear.

0. Introduction (this article)

1. Belt

2. Breastplate

3. Shoes

4. Sheild

5. Helmet

6. Sword

Image: Jim Wilkens