A note from our Pastor:
”Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”Ephesians 6:11
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In our study verse this week, the Apostle begins his teaching on the idea of the armor of God. In the subsequent verses the armor of God will be more fully explained, but there are key ideas which are introduced in this verse.
First, this is the armor of God. By this statement the Apostle is telling his readers the origin of the armor. This is not the armor which God would wear, but rather an armor which was created specifically for the children of God. The very fact the armor was created by God, for his people, makes the armor have a divine quality.
Second, the community of believers is instructed to put on the whole armor of God. This singular word is not put into this instruction by accident or just for filler. Rather, the Apostle is telling us we need the entire, complete, full armor of God because the devil is going to attack the children of God from every angle and with every tool. Only using the shield or the helmet leaves too many portions of the child of God susceptible to attack.
Next, the term “wiles” only appears two places in scripture and both are in this letter to the Ephesians. The term is actually a technical term meaning the strategy of a skillful leader. The use of this word clearly points to the nature of how the devil attacks the children of God. These are not random attacks, but rather ones which are carefully plotted and executed. Thus, the child of God must be ready to withstand them.
As we continue to examine the armor of God in subsequent study verses we will see more detail about the tools we have to withstand the devil, but this verse lays important groundwork for further study and reflection.
Our Prayers are with you daily,