Ephesians 6:14-18 http://www.generationword.com
Each piece of armor is a
divine characteristic. Applying this is how you stand.
imperative to "put on" is followed by four "having"
(fastened, put on, fitted, taken up)
having your loins
girt about with truth and
τὸν θώρακα τῆς
on the breastplate of righteousness
And shod (bind under) your feet with the preparation
of the gospel of
Above all taking the shield of
ἐν ῷ δυνήσεσθε
shall be able all darts of
the fiery to quench
And the helmet of salvation take
and the sword of the
is the word of God
1) Belt of
This is not the
belt that holds the sword but refers to the leather apron worn under the
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.
"righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness (LXX
"truth") the girdle of his loins"
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
- These are not:
the truth of
of righteousness -
- Isaiah 59:11 righteousness is the breastplate.
- This is the Messiah's girdle
- The Messiah fights his battles (and wins) in
- This is ethical righteousness. This is the
putting on of the new man from 4:24 who is "created to be like God in
3) Feet fitted
with the readiness that comes from
the Gospel of peace -
- The feet are what you will be using to stand.
- Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15.
- The word "fitted" or "fit"
is from the Greek word ἑτοιμασίᾳ
above as "preparation". This same Greek word was used in the LXX
in Zechariah 5:11 for a stand to support something and Ezra 2:68
("site") and 3:3 ("foundation")
- The "readiness" refers to the person
whose feet are prepared to take their stand because of an understanding of
the gospel. We must know (and, communicate) the gospel to be able to
- If our feet (source of our
foundation, our base) is not the gospel we will be taken in by Satan's
4) Shield of
- the shield was held in the left hand
- "fire tipped darts" ( above: πεπυρωμένα = flaming, fiery; βέλη
= Darts) were used against the Roman shields. The flaming
arrow would intensify as it flew through the air (oxygen). When it stuck
in a Roman shield the warrior would tend to throw the burning shield down
and thus be exposed to other arrows or a spear in the hand to hand combat.
The soldier must keep his head and not panic.
- In Paul's writing he says that the same shield
of faith that caught the flaming arrow would also extinguish it. (σβέσα· = quench, extinguish)
- Is this faith in God or faithfulness to God? The
answer is in 1 Peter 5:8-9. Here Satan is resisted by being firm in your
faith. This is flint like resolution and commitment to what you believe.
5) Helmet of
- Isaiah 59:17 - Yahweh wears this and gains the
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8 mentions the hope of
- Salvation is the victory. The Helmet of
salvation is the hope we have in our salvation. First Thessalonians
describes this salvation as something we receive at the coming of Christ
(1 Thes. 5:9-11)
- Salvation in Ephesians is something we already
have, so the helmet protects us even now. (Eph. 2:5)
6) Sword of
the Spirit, Word of God - Isaiah
11:4; Revel. 19:15; Deut 8:3.
- This is the Word of God, spoken by the Spirit
who empowers us to hear.
- Jesus quoted this word (Deut 8:3) in Matt. 4 to