‘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. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-13 NLT

Here, Paul brings light to a supremely unexplored subject in modern Christianity. These few verses have lost meaning in a culture that has been consumed by the theory of naturalistic evolution. Still, it should be clear that the first-century writers believed that the world had other forces at work within it. These nefarious and malicious forces were at work in the natural world as much as they were in the hearts of humanity. One of our primary responsibilities is to fight intently against these forces. Modern Christians have a tendency to do the opposite. They lean into their sinful discernment and sinful nature instead of exorcising it and denouncing allegiance from it. For Paul, this is an essential aspect of Christian unity. This is due to the nature of our sin and its effect on our relationship with God. Many have not understood that our sin was not only a willful replacement of God’s standard with our own, but it was a switching of sides.

For us to stand with God in unity, requires us to stand against the devil, his forces, and what he represents. In this way, unity with God and believers is spiritual warfare. Therefore, we are admonished to take on a warrior’s garb. There should be a built-in awareness of the cost of unity, and the preparedness to take on the cost. All Christians should live with an understanding that the cost to align with God (once again) is an all-out attack from the world on multiple fronts. This is why knowing the blessings of God’s armor and donning it is of such importance.

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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