Christ Our Armor
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Put on the whole armor of God, that
you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The most extreme examples of personal armor date from sixteenth
century Europe when knights and soldiers were covered from head to toe in polished
metal suits. From helmets with eye-slits to metal gloves to metal shoe covers
-- and everything in between -- warriors were encased in more than 50 pounds of
metal protection. Larger cavalry horses were bred to carry the added weight of
their own armor plus their rider's.
Total envelopment is how the New Testament pictures the
Christian's spiritual armor. Even though Paul mentions six specific types of armor
-- belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword (Ephesians 6:14-17) --
there is a way to think of our armor in a holistic sense. Jesus Christ Himself
is our armor: "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ ..." (Romans 13:14; Galatians
3:27). When we "make no provision for the flesh" (Romans 13:14), we put on Christ
and arm ourselves with His truth, righteousness, peace, faithfulness, salvation,
and His Word. Everything that each piece of God's armor is to us, Christ
is for us.
Putting aside sin and the flesh, the Christian walks
in the full protection of Christ Himself.
Our enemies are on every
side, so must our armor be.
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