EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:10-24‬ ‬‬

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. To bring you up to date, Tychicus will give you a full report about what I am doing and how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper in the Lord’s work. I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you. Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is a context to these final passages in Ephesians. This central theme of unity runs throughout the letter and it is no different here. This passage, like Paul’s “Love Passage,” to Corinth is not about God’s armor. It is about Christian unity. As a final thought, after a letter about submission and love, Paul makes note of the fact that our enemy is a spiritual one and this requires a spiritual equipping. But what is often disregarded is that the reason for this statement carries the idea that we should be united rather than fractured, because we have a common enemy. In this context, the Armor of God is not simply a means of fighting a spiritual battle against the enemy, but also a means of maintains a spiritual unity within the ranks of believers. Many Christians have no clue that though salvation has saved them, there is still a clear and present danger in the confusion of battle. Soldiers are identified by their gear. By putting on this armor we mark that we are not the enemy.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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