Friday, January 06, 2006

Ephesians 6:10-20

The Armor of God

This is a well-known passage in which Paul teaches the Ephesian believers about the armor of God. The passage contains great imagery about our God-given armor against the “devil’s schemes” (v 11). I’ve read this passage for many years. When I re-read it this week it occurred to me to wish that we weren’t in a battle in the first place. Stay alert, Paul says, (v. 18), which to me means don’t forget to look beyond my daily life to see not only spiritual struggle but also God in each encounter or experience during my day.

One of the themes Paul stresses in the book of Ephesians is the heavenly or divine realms. In the very beginning of the book, verse 1:3, in his greeting, he says God blessed us in “the heavenly realms.” Paul reminds us that our struggle is not earthly; rather it is really against the spiritual forces of evil which struggle against God in the unseen world (v. 12). No wonder I need that armor. It really makes me think that my daily struggles, for example with impatience, have more significance than mere character development.

God’s word is such a blessing to me because even familiar passages carry new words from God. This week Paul’s admonition to pray, pray, pray in verse 18ff seems so practical. As we pray we access this heavenly realm directly. I can hear the sounds of battle. Pray.

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