The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:16 – Part VII
Last week we continued in our series on The Armor of God by looking at the shield of faith. Just as a way of a reminder for us so that we don’t forget this and that we may implement this on a daily basis, let’s go back and recap the other pieces of armor and how to put on each one of them.
First, was the belt of truth. And the way to put on the belt of truth is to know the word of God. It is the foundational piece of armor that we have on which everything else is built upon.
Next was the breastplate of righteousness. This is put on by obeying the word of God. It is one of the most prevalent pieces of armor that we put on ourselves and it is crucial in protecting the vital areas.
Number three was having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We should always be ready to go because we have a mission and that divine mission is to spread the gospel that men can be at peace with God. Without this piece of armor, we are stuck and in mobile.
And lastly was the shield of faith. There were several different kinds of shields that could be employed in battle during the time of the Roman Empire: the small shield or buckler, the medium shield call a parma, and the large shield called a scutum. The particular word that Paul uses in Ephesians 6:16 is for the large shield.
The Christian has a destination they have to get to. And not only do they have a destination they have to get to but they are walking on a particular road to get there that the enemy is trying to knock them off of. In order for us to advance, we need to have the shield of faith.
Faith, in the simplest form, means trust. It means trust in God through Christ in this context and everything that is tied to that revelation. Faith is a necessary component for several reasons.
Faith is needed in order to please God (Heb_11:6). There is no pleasing God without it and without it, we are under the wrath of God because of our sin. We commit sin because we have no faith. All commission of sin is because of a lack of faith. It is an expression of unbelief.
The particular kind of faith that is being spoken of here is not just faith in anything or any god. As was mentioned previous, it is specifically the faith in the revelation of Jesus Christ and everything that is tied to Him (Galatians 3:22). That is the kind of faith that this shield is made out of and it is tied directly to the word of God, the Holy Bible because that is the way that we procure faith, to begin with (Rom_10:17). Our faith is a Christian faith meaning it is centered in Christ.
True faith takes action. That means that when someone trusts something, they will act in accordance with that trust.
There are two things to consider when taking up the shield of faith.
The first thing to consider is how to put it on. We put it on by believing on and trusting in Jesus the Christ. We trust in His finished work on the cross and His resurrection. We trust in everything He said about Himself: He is the Door, He is the Good Shepherd, He is the Light of the World, He is the Sword, He is the Lamb, He is the Judge, He is the Bread of Life, He is the Living Water, He is the Messiah, He is God in the flesh. We trust in His words and commandments. We trust in the people He appointed, the apostles and their word because they are appointed by Him. We trust everything that has been said before in all of Scripture pointing to Christ and that Christ and what He said about the Old Testament as being true and truth. We trust in everything that is related to Christ.
The second thing we have to consider about the shield of faith is we need to make it stronger. We have to exercise our faith (Ephesians 4:15, 1 Thessalonians 4:10). Our shield becomes stronger when we live the faith we say we have.
This week we’re going to finish our look at the shield of faith and its special quality as well as add a piece of unexpected armor.
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