Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Galatians 6:11-12
Chapter 6:10-20. A Strong People
Ephesians closes with an exhortation to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. We are a people called to spiritual warfare, and like Paul we are to fearlessly declare God’s gospel. God has equipped us with every resource needed.
Belt of truth – openness and honesty
Breastplate of righteousness – holy lifestyle
Feet fitted with the gospel of peace – harmony with maintains the unity created by the Holy Spirit
Shield of faith – confidence in God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.
Helmet of salvation – understanding of the new identity that salvation has brought us, as family and as body of the living Christ
Spirit’s sword – the Word of God.
Fully equipped, believers who make up the church can glorify the God who has chosen us to find new life in him.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.