Ephesians 6:14-18 http://www.generationword.com

Each piece of armor is a divine characteristic. Applying this is how you stand.

The imperative to "put on" is followed by four "having" (fastened, put on, fitted, taken up)

6:14

στῆτε οὖν περιζωσάμενοι τὴν ὀσφὺν ὑμῶν ἐν ἀληθείᾳ καὶ

Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth and

 

ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν θώρακα τῆς δικαιοσύνης

having on the breastplate of righteousness

 

6:15

καὶ ὑποδησάμενοι τοὺς πόδας ἐν ἑτοιμασίᾳ

And shod (bind under) your feet with the preparation

 

τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς εἰρήνης,

of the gospel of peace

 

6:16

ἐν πᾶσιν ἀναλαβόντες τὸν θυρεὸν τῆς πίστεως,

Above all taking the shield of faith

 

ἐν δυνήσεσθε πάντα τὰ βέλη τοῦ πονηροῦ

wherewith ye shall be able all darts of the wicked

 

τὰ πεπυρωμένα σβέσα

the fiery to quench

6:17

καὶ τὴν περικεφαλαίαν τοῦ σωτηρίου δέξασθε

And the helmet of salvation take

 

καὶ τὴν μάχαιραν τοῦ πνεύματος, ἐστιν ῥῆμα θεοῦ.

and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God

 

1)     Belt of Truth -

         This is not the belt that holds the sword but refers to the leather apron worn under the armor.

         Securely fastening clothes around the body indicates a preparation for vigorous activity such as running or a struggle. (Elisha's prophet to Jehu in 2 Kings 9:1; Luke 12;35, 37; 17:8). Having the Truth and speaking truth indicates we are ready. Truth prepares us for this battle against Satan's schemes.

         Isaiah 11:5 "righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness (LXX "truth") the girdle of his loins"

1 Thes. 5:8 - "Since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."

- These are ethical qualities

- These are not:

   the truth of doctrine

   righteousness of Christ

   justification of faith

2)     Breastplate of righteousness -

3)     Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace -

4)       Shield of Faith -

5)     Helmet of Salvation-

6)     Sword of the Spirit, Word of God - Isaiah 11:4; Revel. 19:15; Deut 8:3.

7)     Prayer