Put on the Armor of the Lord – What Does This Mean? Ephesians 6:10-18
What does Ephesians 6:10-17 mean by ‘put on the armor of the Lord”? I have heard some crazy theology on this. What if it is as simple as “Put on Jesus” First, here’s what the verses say:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Belt of TRUTH: Jesus is the truth. No one comes to God except through Him. Not by law-keeping. He is the belt that holds you up.
Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS: You are the righteousness of Christ. The Bible says you have been clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. He is your righteousness.
Feet fitted with the GOSPEL of PEACE: This is a NEW gospel. A NEW covenant. One that comes from Faith in Jesus alone. The old covenant was not one of peace, but rather wrath. The New is founded on better hopes and better promises because it’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. Fit your feet with the Gospel of Peace and STAND strong in the Lord!
SHIELD of FAITH: Speaks for itself. Faith in Jesus for salvation. Nothing else saves us. Put the shield of faith up when someone causes you to doubt your identity.
HELMET of SALVATION: How does one receive salvation? Through Jesus. Hearing and believing. Put your helmet on and know you are saved. The helmet of Jesus can’t be destroyed. You’re safe. Renew your mind and agree with what Christ has already done. He’s given you salvation.
The evil one accuses us of not being qualified. Not being “good enough”. He takes our eyes off Jesus.
You are the righteousness of Jesus. Don’t let anyone cause you to think differently. Especially the Devil.
These are not ‘behavior’ verses. They are ‘identity’ verses. Put on Jesus. He fits
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.