In today’s text we look at the armor of God (Eph 6:10-17). Given the fact that it is Resurrection Sunday you might be asking, what does this text have to do with the fact that Jesus is risen? Everything. The entire reason we have the ability to stand firm has to do with Christ being victorious over sin and death. As such, we come ready to do battle.
The first thing we must know is the The Exhortation found in vv.10-13: Stand Firm. The idea here is to keep your position. Do you know what that means? There’s no ground to gain. He’s not asking you to pull back or retreat; He’s not asking you to advance. And that tells us that Christ has already secured our position. And that brings us to the glorious cross and the empty tomb here on Resurrection Sunday. The battle has been won; it belongs to the LORD (2 Chr 10:15). Jesus reigns victorious. Therefore, stand firm. Don’t advance, don’t retreat; keep the position. Hold the line.
The second thing we must know is The Equipment in vv.14-17: The Armor of God. (1) We put on the belt of truth. Just as a belt holds everything together, so too is truth foundational. (2) We put on the breastplate of righteousness. Without it, your witness could be mortally wounded to the point that you’ve got to be taken out of the battle. (3) We put on the shoes of peace, standing firm in the good news. (4) We take up the shield of faith. The enemy wants to create mayhem and destruction and fear among us to bring us down. And he will be on the attack. Your faith is going to get you through it. If you lose faith, the battle is done. (5) We take up the helmet of salvation. A helmet can be a confidence builder. Salvation will give you confidence to do bold things for God, for you know that nothing can separate you from the love of God. (6) Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The fight has come to our door. How will we repel it? —By knowing and living and sharing God’s Word. When Satan tempts us to sin, remember that Christ has paid for it, arisen victorious, giving us the ability, by the power of His Spirit, through the appropriation of His Word, to go and sin no more.