The armor of God is not a quick and easy. I am going to break this up even more. We will study Ephesians 6:10-15- The belt of Truth, the breastplate of Righteousness and the sandal of Peace.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. This is an action to choose, not magical ability from being a believer, this is a choice to make. To be strong. In the Lord. Something we are capable of doing by putting on the ‘armor’ 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Taking the instructions of God, abiding to God in order to withstand Satan’s attack. Satan IS attacking. We will fail without God. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. There is a ‘battle’ we are in. A struggle not from the guy next door, but the forces that drive the guy next door, the evil, the WORLD. Not against the person reading this, but against the natural worldly desires that tempt and pull and turn you and me. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Protect yourself, you have been given the tools the protection, but YOU have to put action to it. Evil, temptation WILL come. Once you equip yourself -STAND, know that you are protected. Don’t run. Don’t sleep. Don’t fall. Don’t fail. I don’t even see attack, I see stand. DEFEND. The war-horse, the ‘meek’ is disciplined, trained to know what to do in battle. To obey.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, The TRUTH is Gods word. Psalm 119:160 John 17:17 2 Timothy 3:16 Jesus is the word. John 1:14 Jesus is the Truth John 14:6 We walk in the Truth and the Light when we become adopted, when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Me in Him and Christ in me. Just as I became and AM a Sanders, being adopted by my family, I take on that name, that inheritance, I, by all observance, am a Sanders.
THE BELT: A girdle, belt, of armor holds it all together. The Truth MUST be put in place to hold the armor on. To the hold the armor that is protecting on. Christ MUST be in place, must be accepted or all will fall away. Christ must be in place. If I have a belt but don’t wear it, it does me no good.
having put on the breastplate of righteousness, The Breastplate protects all the vital organs. IE the heart. A blow to these organs is usually fatal, or at least a slow painful recovery. The heart is used to describe what we believe, what we desire, where we put our God. Our heart leads us, we follow our heart. Exodus 35:21 Deuteronomy 6:5 Deuteronomy 30:6 Psalm 101:4 Psalm 112:7 Isaiah 44:20 Romans 10:9 Mark 7:21 Luke 6:45
Righteousness is God’s righteousness, not ours. Our righteousness is self righteousness, which is not right at all. God’s righteousness justifies and frees from condemnation, from God. It is imputed by God. Righteousness is also imparted by Christ. Christ works it in us. Romans 8:11 ,Psalm 119:172,1 Corinthians 15:34, Philippians 3:9 We are equipped with righteousness, to protect our souls.
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
a quote from gotquestions.org preparation of the feet for spiritual conflict. In warfare, sometimes an enemy places dangerous obstacles in the path of advancing soldiers. The idea of the preparation of the gospel of peace as footwear suggests what we need to advance into Satan’s territory, aware that there will be traps, with the message of grace so essential to winning souls to Christ. Satan has many obstacles placed in the path to halt the propagation of the gospel .
Isaiah 52:7 God speaks of the feet of him that speaks peace that brings good news(Gospel means ‘Good news’) Peace will be once Christ reigns forever more, could this be stand on this knowledge?.
Next will be our, faith, our salvation, the Spirit-Word of God, all polished up with prayer.