Put on yourselves the complete armor1 of The God so you will be able to stand against 2 the deceptive methods 3 of the Devil.
|1||Put on yourselves the complete armor: Literally, the panoply. Or, KJV: put on the whole armour of God; KNX: you must wear all the weapons in God’s armory. See Romans 13:12.|
|2||Able to stand against: Or, PME: successfully resist; TCN: able to stand your ground; BAR: able to resist.|
|3||Deceptive methods: The Greek is methodias. Or, RHM: strategies of the adversary; KNX: cunning of the devil; NEB: devices; NASB: schemes; PME: methods; TCN: stratagems. Note Luke 4:13 and how the Devil never gives up.|
Dear Friends of the Nazarene,
We choose Ephesians 6:11as the theme verse of the chapter – “Battle Panoply.” Having begun the theme of subjection at Ephesians 5:21 – and then first focusing on wives – Paul now turns to children. [1-4] They are to obey their parents. Fathers are exhorted to nurture and bring up their children as Christian. Next Paul deals with slaves and masters in the Faith. [5-9]
Next Paul shows how Christians can stand firm against the Devil’s deceptive methods by putting on the complete suit of armor from God. [10-13] Christians have a battle, now against fleshly opponents, but against demons. Paul describes this body suit of armor: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of gospel peace, the large shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. [14-20] Finally in this war against unseen wicked spirits pray must be constant and regular.
Paul ends his epistle to the Ephesians with some greetings and a final appeal for peace love and faith. How grateful we are for this marvelous New Testament gem.
Abba our Father bless those dressed in God’s suit of armor.
[6 July 2002]
The ancient soldier was not equipped for war until he had put on his armor. Paul was at that time a prisoner, probably living near the praetorian camp in Rome, as he was by the Roman customs under the charge of the praetorian prefect. It is possible that the figure was suggested by the sights he so often witnessed. [See PNT on 1Th 5:8.]